First of all there is no information on the age of this home on the local property appraiser site. I have no idea of the actual age. It appears from the joist for the framing and in the attic that it is probably around 1940’s. The home was completely stripped and renovated… well, almost. What do you think about these wonderful support columns? No hurricane strapping, no termite shields.
But tell me, if **one **joist needs a support in the middle, wouldn’t all the joists which are parallel to the one? If the blocks had been turned the right way, would anyone have noticed? =)
A serious question though: how is a contractor going to determine footing sizes required, or where supports are needed or not needed? The rare one will have the ability and knowledge…90% at least will not. I know, because they call me all the time with joist and beam questions.
I appreciate the input. I recommended a structural engineer evaluate the foundation to determine the repairs that are necessary. You know I hate when this happens. The clients are a young couple, they fine the perfect little renovated home in their minds. I go through the whole inspection finding only minor issues. Then I crawl under the home. BAM!
I get some agents that ask why I did not look under there first and I say,
Well, lets see, I have to check all the plumbing up here first so leaks will show up down there and lets see, I do the dirty part last, so, well, just because thats the way its done and besides I have to stay up here for awhile to hear all the lies you are telling my client LOL!. Its just great to be an independent inspector.
I believe the last sunken foundation I watched going in Marcel was on a 1.1 Billion Dollar Semiconductor Plant Expansion. :D;) But I mostly did the QC/QA on the piping/ducting and mechanical. Not too worried about moving dirt and pouring concrete.