Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Hello Permit, Goodbye Deck
See that? That's the permit baby! It's finally gonna start getting real up in here! Seriously though, just a quick update today. Our contractor tells me that the first stage of construction will involve grading the backyard and digging the foundation. Not sexy stuff, but still very necessary, so the hubby and I popped by the house to see if anything had been done (and if any cool photo ops were to be had). Imagine our surprise when we saw that our deck had already been removed:
Imagine the horror when we saw this:
Eep. We knew that there was a problem with one of the support beams at the back of the house (you could see daylight between the baseboard and the floor in the kitchen), but it's very sobering to see just how rotted that beam had gotten. Our best guess is that the deck was not installed properly, and when it rained water collected there and eventually rotted the beam through. I guess it's good we're doing the reno, huh?
Oh well, we're going to take care of it and make our house a much better/happier place to live. I'll be updating all through the process, so keep watching this space for other Horrifying Home Pics. In the meantime I'll leave you with this somewhat forlorn shot of our empty hallway.