The House That Claire Built

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 12- Fake Foundations and Cisterns

Just got a call. Not exciting, at least its easier to swallow then fire.....

"Claire you're not going to like this......".

As the double wall foundation gets pulled down to make way for rebar reinforcement....a mystery is revealed.
A Cisterne under the ground is discovered. Whats a cisterne?
A Cisterne is a waterproof receptacle for holding liquids, usually water. Cisterns are often built to catch and store rainwater. Cisterns are distinguished from wells by their waterproof linings. Modern cisterns range in capacity from a few litres to thousands of cubic metres, effectively forming covered reservoirs.
These were common in 1900 were short walls. And shortcuts.

So Killen reveals the double wall foundation that we were psyched about is actually a band-aid, and the east and south foundation walls are short.
          - Limestone only goes 2ft under grade (should be 30" min)
          - Block foundation is sitting on concrete slab floors- (not good)
         - House was originally built with a crawl space; so to make way for a basement they just lego-ed  the     walls together (maybe this is why it was haunted.... baby spirits in the crawl space)
          - Frontenac Engineering is removing their seal of approval on my plans as the foundation is not sound.

So what do I win Bob? You win an extra cost of $9500 to replace the foundation.

heavy sigh.

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