So here’s a little more detail on our foundation. I never thought I would know so much about foundations! Our house is pier and beam and now that we can see all of the foundation I understand how it all goes together. The concrete piers go deep into the ground and are connected by thick wooden beams. There is also a concrete perimeter beam around the outside of the house. The wooded floor joists go on top of the beams to support the subfloor.
Here’s our foundation:
Yep, that’s what was holding up our dining room floor. Scary
Shortly after we moved in I went to Wisconsin for my friends Bachelorette party and Steve had his Dad and some friends over to come help the renovations. We have a living room/dining room combination in the front of the house and we were going to start there. Here was the plan:
1. Rip out laminate floors
2. Install hardwood floors (side note: the day after we moved in Steve picked up the solid hardwood floors for the whole house, three truckloads and 5000 pounds of wood, all in one of our guest bedrooms)
3. Install baseboards
4. Move on to next room
We found some very 1950s Terrazo tile in the foyer (fun fact: the crystal parts glow when you shine a light on them) as well as termite damage behind the baseboards along the west wall of the house. We hadn’t been informed of any history of termites or termite damage so we were surprised and started further investigation.
Steve and I bought our first house on June 28, 2016 in the northern suburbs of Dallas, Texas. We had a long and frustrating search and were excited to make our home our own.
We had plans from an interior designer to redo our kitchen and had picked out solid hardwood flooring for the home as the first phase of our planned updates.
Unfortunately things didn’t go quite as planned… so come along and journey with us as we build our home!