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What's wrong with this picture?

GospelNerd's picture

I'm not a builder, but I wish I was. I'm just a humble DIYer learning more every day, and I really appreciate this forum.

These photos are of a haphazard project that has been stopping and starting directly in front of my home without any permits. As I wait on the city code enforcement to come out and put another stop to this, could you pros tell me what problems you see, if any, with this addition construction attaching to this historic 130-year-old house?

It obviously doesn't have  (post #214554, reply #1 of 6)

It obviously doesn't have  any foundation but that doesn't bother me.  While not optimal the foundtion can be added later if the builder or customer is pressed for time to get the addition dryed in or livable.

Florida Licensed Building Contractor, 50 years experience in commercial remodeling, new homes, home remodeling and repairs and all types building maintenance.

Yeah, the rest of the house (post #214554, reply #2 of 6)

Yeah, the rest of the house doesn't appear to have a foundation either.

Unfortunately, the pictures have too poor of focus to look at the details very well.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

Appears the main problem they (post #214554, reply #3 of 6)

Appears the main problem they have is being next to YOU ?

Wow, how did the house stood (post #214554, reply #4 of 6)

Wow, how did the house stood like that? 

"To be, or not to be "

Was the house moved to this (post #214554, reply #5 of 6)

Was the house moved to this site? The temporary support structures make me wonder. Was a building permit issued? I don't want to appear judgmental, but from what I see poor building practice is being observed. For instance, quite a bit of demolition should have happened prior to framing.  It looks as though he's enclosing an old deck or porch (thato's the only way I can explain the old floor framing members seen on the photo).

The biggest problem I see is the haphzard nature in which the builder/home owner is going about this historic remodel. I specialize in this kind of work, and speak from years of experience. Look for a building permit. Absent a permit, take your concern to the local building department. The building permit will aslo include a roofing license. Working around an existing metal roof will be tricky, and calls for experience. Again, I don't want to prejudge...just wish to point out that this looks like a cart-before-the-horse project...sigh.

Mel Fros froscarpentry.com

It looks weird. However, the (post #214554, reply #6 of 6)

It looks weird. However, the photos are a bit vague and its imposible to see all the details clearly on them. Even though, I managed to see the "construction" the house was supposed to stand on and, to tell the truth, I'm shocked. Was this your idea or you saw that somewhere? Are there any other samples of this DIY work you can present? Hopefully, you've fixed that by this time.