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Old 08-30-2015, 04:44 PM   #1
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Hey guys it's been a while since I've posted on here, but I have a question. My family has outgrown our current house and we looking to buy an older home. My wife and I found a Colonial style home we like (build date not known) but I'm a little confused about the foundation. The houses in my area (Central Texas) usually have either pier and beam or slab foundations. This particular home has a sunken like crawl space. There are two areas to enter the crawl space on the exterior of the house. When you crawl through opening it drops like 2 ft. (duct work for A/C was also ran under the crawl space for 1st story) Could someone please help me identify this type of foundation? Are there any concerns to having this type of foundation? I can possibly take better pics tomorrow. Thanks
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Old 08-30-2015, 04:51 PM   #2
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A few more details----is it a concrete,poured foundation--similar to a full basement but shorter?

Is it made of concrete block and faced with brick?

Is it all brick?

Are the floor joists resting on the foundation?

The picture has me wondering if it is a true foundation or a brick skirt around a post and beam structure.

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That house could possibly be pre civil war.
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A few more details----is it a concrete,poured foundation--similar to a full basement but shorter?

Is it made of concrete block and faced with brick?

Is it all brick?

Are the floor joists resting on the foundation?

The picture has me wondering if it is a true foundation or a brick skirt around a post and beam structure.
I'm suppose to possibly go look at it tomorrow a little closer. I'll take better pics of foundation. I'm not sure about the brick. I'll have to do a little more investigating. But I'll post more pics as soon as I can. I do know the house will need leveling.
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Based on the one photo it looks like pier and beam. The brick was probably added later. (The beam running behind the post is a bit curious, need to see what is carrying what, then it will be clear.)
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I'll go take some pics now. Post when I get back
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Here are the pictures of the foundation. The brick was added later for looks I guess. The A/C duct work would need to be lifted off of ground.
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It looks like a standard concrete foundation(likely sitting on a footing) with a brick face.

To bad the did not dig the crawl space deeper----

If you get close to putting in an offer--I suggest you hire a foundation specialist to look at that and give you an assessment.

We have several members that know their foundation work--wait for more replies---

Standry would be good to hear from.
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Seeing the other photos, it's obviously not a posted foundation. Beyond the foundation, be diligent in your inspection of the entire house. There are some areas of concern, like siding that shows possible discoloration near the windows (moisture), the bay window roof and siding, the chimney. The roof looks pretty good.
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Seeing the other photos, it's obviously not a posted foundation. Beyond the foundation, be diligent in your inspection of the entire house. There are some areas of concern, like siding that shows possible discoloration near the windows (moisture), the bay window roof and siding, the chimney. The roof looks pretty good.
Thanks, the bay windows may have been added later, not sure. My plans were to remove them, making the front flat and add windows in there place That way it would look like a traditional Colonial. I also noticed the discoloration on the siding. How do you think the water (moisture) is working it's way behind the siding? I've noticed the discoloration on the siding around several windows on the front of the house.
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Thanks, the bay windows may have been added later, not sure. My plans were to remove them, making the front flat and add windows in there place That way it would look like a traditional Colonial. I also noticed the discoloration on the siding. How do you think the water (moisture) is working it's way behind the siding? I've noticed the discoloration on the siding around several windows on the front of the house.

I can't be certain, but likely suspects are improper head flashing and/or flashing at the gutter/cornice. The fact that it appears isolated to the second floor makes me think it's a roof drainage issue, but being parallel to the casing means it could be capillary. (It could be both.)

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Is it just me.???

Right side of house.
Second floor to the left of chimney.
Two windows, the one closest to the corner.
Bottom pane, anyone see a face.???
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Is it just me.???

Right side of house.
Second floor to the left of chimney.
Two windows, the one closest to the corner.
Bottom pane, anyone see a face.???
Yes I absolutely see it, That's crazy! Don't need to show wife until after we possibly purchase it!

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