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juniper
addition without foundation or footing

I apologize if this isn't the best place for this question. I have a 100 year old house with a utility room addition of unknown age. It was built without any foundation (as was the porch, which has shifted as a result). I'd like to know how to best handle it--jack it up and poor footings or tear it down and build a new one. Although the porch hasn't fared well, as far as I can tell, this addition is still in pretty good shape. Almost forgot--the addition is entirely wood. Any suggestions?

juniper
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I forgot to attach a picture. My apologies--I'm new here.

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A. Spruce
Re: addition without foundation or footing

Unless you're a pretty experienced DIY'r, this isn't really a job for the weekend warrior type. If the structure is in reasonable shape, it might be able to be jacked into proper plane with the rest of the house, then excavate and pour footings/foundation. If the structure is a lost cause (excessive rot, extreme sag, etc ) then removal and rebuilding properly would be the way to go.

juniper
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Thanks to you both for your helpful replies. This is my new favorite website. After reading A.Spruce's response, my next question was about what type of contractor would be best to contact, which you covered jkirk. Neither of you happen to live in southwestern Wyoming do you? Thanks again!

A. Spruce
Re: addition without foundation or footing
juniper wrote:

Thanks to you both for your helpful replies. This is my new favorite website. After reading A.Spruce's response, my next question was about what type of contractor would be best to contact, which you covered jkirk. Neither of you happen to live in southwestern Wyoming do you? Thanks again!

You don't necessarily need a foundation specialist, however whomever you do choose must be familiar with raising a structure and doing foundation work. For instance, I don't think that any of us regulars are foundation guys, but I'd trust most of these nail benders as having the abilities necessary. Not all contractors are created equal, so take the time to find someone who knows what they're doing AND that you can work with.

No, I'm not in Wyoming, but I'm willing to travel ... ;) Just kidding.;)

JLMCDANIEL
Re: addition without foundation or footing

Just a guess, but from your description it would appear that the utility room is a pole structure. Although it would be possible to to cut the poles and add a sill and foundation I doubt it would be much cheaper than demolishing and building new. It is also possible that the original porch is part of the structure.
Jack

rdmohn
Re: addition without foundation or footing

That is really good advice on the foundation and contractors but you may want to have the structure checked and be sure this addition was installed properly to begin with. Many old homes had rooms added to offset growing families and were never tied into the original structure properly. When repairs are needed additional problems with electrical and or plumbing may suddenly appear. I guess what I'm trying to say is be certain your contractor is licensed and does a complete inspection of the structure:o

juniper
Re: addition without foundation or footing

Thanks to all of you for taking the time to consider my question and provide helpful and thoughtful replies. This is really a terrific online community. Happy New Year!

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