6 years ago we tore out our entire kitchen (which used to be a porch in the original house) added insulation to the floor, new plumbing, drywall, removed a door, wall and added radiant floor heat. Looked pretty good for a couple of Do it yourselfers! Well - 6 years later we are faced with having to gut the entire kitchen AGAIN because of issues we are having.
1st - the tile we layed had started popping up - so we removed it.
2nd - we discovered we had termite damage
3rd when removing the subfloor and radiant floor heat we discovered that we also have black mold. So now we are standing in our dining room lookint at our kitchen, which looks more like a big BLACK HOLE.
This room was built on a dirt floor crawl space - please don't get me wrong....the only thing that can crawl in this space is a critter!!! And I am sure they have been!!
Here is my problem - the foundation is limestone - field stone, broken..has air gaps and some of the sill plate rotting.
There is a rail road tie laying in the center of the kitchen crawl space and some of the floor joists are laying on it.....I am sure for support. We would like to remove this and dig some of the floor out to give more space under there. I also know that we need to fix the sill plate rot.......but how! And put down some sort of vapor barrier...but what and how???
Any suggestions would really help!