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This client reached out to STR because they were concerned about large puddles of water that were forming under the building. As a result, the building was starting to tilt severely and the floor was rotting.
Upon inspection, we found that several floor joists were split and cracked (first and second images), and all carrier beams were severely damaged, causing the structural issues.
STR reinforced the floor joists by sistering pressure-treated lumber to the joists. We installed new carrier beam supports (third image), as well as a new vent block and 9-millimeter vapor barrier. Disaster averted!
This project was a cottage that had major foundational issues as the house settled over time. The owner had previous repair work done on the piers because the house was settling. However, it was only a cheap quick-fix, and the issue escalated years later. The front of the house fell off the piers, and the intermediate piers broke the carrier beams (first image). The house was so far tilted that the homeowner had to cut a huge slice in the door just to get it to open halfway (fourth image far right).
We lifted the front of the house and installed 4 new piers, with 2 of them being specialized piers (second image) because it was a swampy area. The floor joist layout was converted/added as well, with the original being a 24-inch layout on hardwood, and the new one made to be 16-on-center. We also made sure a vapor barrier was put in place.
The building shown here is a 2-story barn-style construction built in 1889 that housed a business. We were surprised to find that the exterior wall was holding up the entire second story. The beam was rotted out (first image) and the whole frame of the building had rolled out from the foundation. There should have been an Intermediate beam holding up the second story, but there was not.
Due to the rim beam rotting out, the exterior wall slid off the foundation to the ground. We had to lift the top half of the building, install a new rim beam and upright post, then transfer the load of the 2nd story and the exterior wall to the newly installed posts.
Simple fix here for an issue that could have been deadly to the home owner. A realtor called STR for an emergency site visit after their client bought a home and the inspector noticed C02 gas leaking into the house. STR made the emergency visit and sealed the exhaust into the chimney.
Leaky roofs cause all sorts of trouble! This was a commercial building that housed apartment units on the second floor. The upright post that held up the second story apartment and roof rotted out completely and buckled due to water from the roof leak. This structural issue caused excessive water damage from water leaking through the ceiling. STR came in and lifted the roof, supported and levelled it, then lifted the apartment and levelled it. We then attached them with the two separate upright posts.
The owner, Lenny, on-site in a crawl space checking another contractor's work.
The homeowner on this project was a disabled veteran whose porch and railing as so unstable that he and his spouse didn't even want to ever go outside, especially coming up on a cold and icy winter season. The porch of this home was rotting and slowly sinking into the ground. The roof was also pushing through the deck. STR replaced all the rotted lumber and straightened it, making the porch stable, safe, and enjoyable for the owners.
This project required custom-built the piers, carrier beams, and a rim joist. We did a lift and repair on the side of the house to save it from damages. This required management of special loads including various structural hardware, components, and fasteners for the load transfer. The finishing touch was to attach the rim joist of the addition to the house.
Rigging and setup for a chimney project.
The easiest way to spot a dip or deflection in your home is to run a string line from side to side, and measure how far it dips - that distance is the load pushing through the floor.
A freshly-dug trench for a building foundation.
STR founder, Lenny, stands on the bottom floor looking through to the top floor of this home where the floor completely caved in. The 2x6 floor joists were broken, causing 5 layers of flooring and tile to shatter. STR removed any floor remnants and debris, and repaired the floor foundation and joists.
This home had a 4-inch dip in the floor where the load-bearing wall pushed through the floor. There was also a 2-inch dip where the old part of the house met a recent addition. We lifted the 2nd story, then cleared out and completely replaced the structure of the second floor. Since part of the foundation collapsed as well, we installed an upright post in the wall to transfer the load to the foundation. The cinderblocks crumbled beneath the resulting weight, so we also replaced them with concrete.
This house was being completely gutted and remodeled, so STR installed new structural components including all new carrier beams, overhead beams, and removed 2 walls.
The floor of this home was built with only 2x4's. The subfloor and carrier beams were rotted and it was on the verge of total collapse. STR installed new 2x8 floor joists to save the structure.
Newly installed jaccuzi shower with rain head.
This project was 2 separate bedrooms converted into a single master bedroom. We slipped a beam in the ceiling to open it up, and renovated the bathroom as well. Everything was re-insulated and re-wired.
Whoever did the plumbing in this home put 4-inch holes through the floor joist, and the bathroom was very close to falling through the floor. There was also a 22-foot stretch with a 2½ inch pipeline for the kitchen. When the plumbers had removed the pipe it popped out the bottom of the joist. This caused one half of the house to sag about an inch and a half. Drywall was cracked and one of the bedroom doors would had trouble shutting. We replaced it with a new floor joist to prevent catastrophic damage to the home.