Quality Craftsmen does many home remodels in the Marietta, GA area. We often do kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, basement makeovers, and outdoor improvements such as porches and decks. We also get called in to handle problem homes. This particular project was a vacation cabin on the lake that was having foundation issues.
This cabin had been built on stilts on the lakeside. As the home aged, the piers that the home was built upon were settling. As each pier settled at its own pace, the home was being torqued and the foundation was becoming unsteady. The middle piers were settling faster than the outside piers, causing the whole home to lean towards the middle. This is where Quality Craftsmen stepped in to save this home from eventual collapse.
To remedy the situation, we knew we were going to have to devise a way to stabilize the home. To do this, we jacked up the house and installed triple LBL beams across the center of the home, lengthwise. This raised the home up about 1.5″ which in turn stabilized the structure. We also strengthened the outside band of the home and poured concrete around the footers. All of this work stopped the whole house from shaking as you walked across the floor – which was another symptom of the unstable piers.
While this was not a historic cabin, it was old and the builder had used a hand hewn beam to support the structure. This was removed and replaced with the LBL beams so that this little cabin could stand to see many years to come.
If you need help with a problem that a previous home owner or builder left you with, give Quality Craftsmen a call. We can help you solve many foundation or structure issues and give your home the support it needs to shelter and support your family.