First of all I want to thank everyone for taking your time to help me with a big decision I am about to make!
My wife and I are first time home buyers in South Central Alaska on the Kenai Penninsula region of the state. We found a house we really like, it's in our price range, maybe a little high. But my concerns are it's an all weather wood foundation. Above the house is a mountain that gets a lot of snow run off in the summer months, and rain. I worry that an all weather wood foundation will just rot. The house was built in 2004, and the crawl space looks good, but who's to say in the future it won't be a problem? The sellers put in a French Drain, but it really looks weak compared to the amount of water I am affraid that is running down the mountain. Thoughts? In addition, the front deck (and roof over the front deck) is already bowing a little from frost heeves. There was no buffer installed to target this. If it is bowing even a little now, what's going to happen down the road?
Everyone, thank you!