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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am building a small 12x9 addition to my 1936 brick home. Upon excavation I found that the house does not have a concrete footer/footing. The brick foundation is corbelled brick style. it did appear to have maybe gravel or something under the foundation but not much. My question is how can...
  2. General DIY Discussions
    Hi, I have a 70 yr old rancher in southern British Columbia. I'd like to put an addition on it but I'm not sure about the existing foundation. The 2x8 floor joists sit on 6x6 beams, which rest on 6x6 blocks on the flat (either one or two high), which are atop of 16x16" concrete pads. The...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hi Everyone, We have a 1958 rancher, 26 by 40 brick over block (see pic), we've lived in for 23 years. I love the house but it has one issue I really hate: a hall bath that serves the entire family and every other soul who passes through. It's right off the center hall, about twelve feet from...
  4. Building & Construction
    I live in Michigan in a tri-level home. I would like to purchase a full prefabricated dormer to place on top of one side of my home. I would also consider having someone build a full dormer from scratch. Does anyone know of any companies that can assist me with this project. I would like to...
  5. New Member Introductions
    Hello everyone. Just to be clear, I have a house in California, not Costa Rica! But I did live in Italy nearly 20 years so maybe I can bring some cultural diversity to the site. When I first married we were very poor and so we couldn't afford to hire professionals to fix things when they broke...
  6. Building & Construction
    We had a home renovation about 4 years ago where a wall was removed and about 730 sq ft added. A steel support beam was placed in the attic space where the wall had been removed. Along the longest side of the new new addition, foundation piers were placed. the short side of the addition...
  7. Building & Construction
    so lets say i buy an old beat up house that's only about 600 square feet and want to hire a builder to make some renovations. like adding on an additional 500 to 700 square feet, new paint, new flooring...just the basic stuff. can any of you builders out there give me an honest price i would...
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