Originally Posted by CplDevilDog
Sounds like you will have the entire perimeter of the house supported on temporary cribbage for some period?
That's serious DIY (Not impossible, but not for the faint of heart)
Well... What exactly would I take pictures of?
Yeah, I'd have the entire perimeter supported on temporary cribbage, although I was thinking about doing one side at a time. This would be a strip footing, but I don't think I'd be doing the whole perimeter. There is a slab at the back of the house which would be a break in the footing, and there's a concrete stoop at the front which would probably be a break in the footing, so I'd probably do one side at a time.
At this point, I do have spread footers under beams that don't go to 42". The pads are 12" thick and the bottom is at most 30" below grade.
It's something of a non-structural issue I'm trying to adress. No bank will mortgage the house with pier and beam foundation - not an issue in and of itself if we were going to live in the house, but it's a serious drawback for resale or using refinancing to fund major projects (in particular, ones where I'd hire a remodeller to do the work instead of dragging out the project so long that I get divorced)
At any rate, I thank the answers I've gotten, I realize this is a project that is extreme for DIY.
The lot is fairly level.