Last I left you, I was talking about how the first major renovation project we undertook at our new house was leveling the floors. Our house was built in 1969 by the former and original owners, Mr. and Mrs. STK. It’s common for older homes to settle over time thereby creating a slight slant in the floors. To fix this pitch is a complex and expensive renovation so most homeowners choose to live with the home’s quirk and chalk it up to old house character. Unfortunately for us, the slant in our floors was extremely obvious – so much so that Mr. S and I would joke that we had to go “climb the hill” to get to the bathroom.
According to the experts, usually when houses settle into the ground, there are tell-tale signs: cracking along the walls and ceilings especially where there are windows and doorways, cracking in the foundation, uneven gaps in the doorjambs, etc. To the confusion of the contractors we met with, our house exhibited none of these symptoms. One contractor had the theory that our house didn’t sink, but that it was actually built crooked. Because the basement in our house is unfinished, he was able to show us exactly the root of the problem.