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The Foundation From Hell

Sticks & stones may be the only thing holding up our house

Sticks & stones may be the only thing holding up our house

Building a solid foundation is mentioned often in the Bible. That being said, we have a foundation from hell under our house. Everything from rotted wood, bug eaten tree stumps and a few concrete blocks. When we arrived at our new cabin in the woods last August, we knew right away the foundation was a BIG concern. It wasn’t until the skirting was taken off this week that we saw just how bad it all really was under there.

Permit me a tiny bit of history on the subject of our house purchase. We bought the property a year ago, sight unseen.  Being anxious to relocate to Idaho before the snows came, I sent out 20 emails to Realtors inquiring about properties.  I got ONE reply.  Thankfully he (Chris) and Lance hit it off. After a few phone calls and very little research on our part, we decided to buy a ‘flip this house’, enabling us to get up to ID.  We have only one regret, that we didn’t get the house inspected. Lance has bought, worked on and sold so many properties, he scoffs at hiring an inspector.  Well, what we failed to compute was, Lance wasn’t up here to inspect THIS dwelling.  If he had, we probably wouldn’t have bought this place (or offered 30k less!)  God has a plan, and thankfully Mary has a VERY handy hubby.

Merle digging out dirt

My job yesterday was to dig the gravel and rock away from 1/4 of the foundation. Have any of you ever shoveled gravel and rock?  Oiy, my aching everything… Lance is such a good foreman, he doesn’t try to micromanage, hurry or discourage me. In fact, he’d compliment my work every hour or so… knowing that was just what I needed to keep going. I’m such a teacher’s pet that way. As I was pulling out rotted wood and garbage from under the house, I hollered over to Lance, “Hey, what if they buried a bag of gold under here. We could use part of it to call the foundation guy to finish the job.”  Of course Lance would have no such scenario. Finding the gold would be a blessing, but having begun the job, Lance has no intention of handing over this major task to anyone else. He’s weird like that, enjoying a challenge of something new and having the job finished like he wants it.

Mike, consulting form afar

We’ve got a super sweet neighbor (Merle) helping us. We’ve also got several amateur foreman stopping by to give their 2 cents worth of advice. While the whole foundation fiasco has been a thorn in our side, my husband chose to dive in and tackle the task. Monday, as we were heading to the building supply store in town, we took a mini detour to see a couple bank owned properties in the ‘hood. If we could get one of them cheap enough, Lance would tackle another ‘flip’.  They say idle hands are the devil’s workshop. The devil doesn’t have a moment’s opportunity to creep into Lance’s plans, not unless Satan works after midnight. And, we will have a heavenly foundation sooner, than later.


About Lets Go To Idaho

Me, Mare, empty nester, flew the coop (& heat) of Alabama and landed in northern Idaho. Bought a house without setting foot in the state. This blog was created in the summer of 2011, as my beau, Lance and I were packing to move to north... Many things, big and small, have happened since that blistering hot July in Bama when I began this blog. Read about our whirlwind adventures. Our real life love story. The good, the bad, the silly and the crazy things that happen to us.

3 responses

  1. Oiy is right!! That foundation from hell pic made me cringe. I felt overwhelmed for you guys! Well, after it’s done, Lance will be able to add one more tool to his Renaissance man toolbelt. And you, my dear, are quite the Renaissance woman in the making! 😉

    • Krista, Lance would’ve loved Guidos input on the whole project! The photos don’t do the crappy foundation justice…its reeeallly bad! But we feel blessed it hasnt collapsed (yet) and that we have neighbors lending a hand, tools and sympathy ;). I too feel lucky to be getting sucha great workout AND the best tan everrrr

  2. Looks like Lance is serious about shoring it up. Looks like he is going to pour footers all over. I think Mike would agree, his consultation efforts would be greatly enhanced by a cold Bush in his hand.

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