House Elevation: Delays, Root Heaving, Concrete Footings


 Wouldn’t it be great if your renovation project came with an “Easy” button like the one in the Staples commercials?

That was easy!

As anyone who has ever undergone a major renovation project can tell you, there are only two safe bets: the project will take longer than expected and cost more than anticipated. Our lift endured a one week delay due to heavy rains that kept the lifting company on their previous job. A week sounds tiny – but it has ramifications.

Our construction team still believes they can have us back in our house on schedule (3 months from now).  Fingers crossed!


 So far, only a couple of quirks with the house itself have been uncovered: there was not a proper foundation built under the renovation the previous owners added (one will now need to be added) and some of the foundation stone work from the 1920’s, when our house was built, is falling apart and will need to be rebuilt.

Not major work – just more work. More work usually means more time …

Framing out a new footing that had been missing.
Framing out a new footing that had been missing as well as removing a giant root ball.


Fresh concrete: clean and neat
Fresh concrete: clean and neat


Unrelated to our project specifically, we learned yesterday that our sewer line is chock full of tree roots, a different tree than the one causing the backyard impediment,  and will need to be power blasted in order to rectify the flow of the line – ca-ching!

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