There is a home in my neighborhood that is being rebuilt for fire damage. It was a two story home with a finished basement before the fire. The fire department reached the home in 10 minutes but there were flames coming out of the roof before the occupants realized the home was on fire. The rumor is the home caught fire due to a lightning strike. I find this to be a good learning experience for me as an inspector. I’ve made initial contact with the guy that bought the home and is rebuilding it. He’s very friendly and talked with me about the process. I’ve seen evidence of encapsulation in some homes that I’ve inspected in attics but nothing to this extent. This one interests me because, if he finishes this house the way I suspect, it will be very hard for an inspector to detect the encapsulation. Especially if you have no information on the history of the home.
The home was a two story home and the entire 2nd floor was totally destroyed. He will be building it back as a two story home. The area in the back of the home where it looks like there will be some attic space will be the Kitchen area and will have a vaulted ceiling so that area will be covered with Sheetrock and insulation. Not really visible in this initial photo. The area I’m talking about is located in the right, rear of the first floor.
What is this communities’ thought on fire damaged homes? What are some questions you would ask? This guy that is doing the rehab appeared to be pretty knowledgeable and I get the feeling this is not his first rodeo. I thought about maybe asking if he’d be willing to let me interview him. So I want to be able to ask pertinent questions that may help home inspectors and myself as well if he does agree to let me interview him.
I’m in North GA, Atlanta Area.
Your feedback is appreciated.