Last year, husband and I bought a house that was built in 1880. We went into it knowing that we'd have a lot of repair work to do, particularly to the foundation and joists in the basement. We have two floors that are sloping and they drive me nuts.
There are some joists that have slipped out of place in the basement, but the problem with sistering them is that all of our utilities - gas, electrical - are pretty much entwined with the joists. At this point we're considering lally columns to add support and stop any further downward movement.
Our foundation is fieldstone and desperately needs to be repointed and have some parts of it rebuilt. My question is, which repair should come first? My thought is that with the repaired foundation, some of the bounce in the floor will be corrected (some of the foundation repair that's needed is directly in relation to the floors that are the issue). But again, I have no idea.
I'm also playing phone tag with a structural engineer to get him to come out and give me a better idea on what needs to be done, but I'm hoping to get some feedback from you folks.