We live in house that was built in 1953 which is considered OLD in this part of Florida. We purchased it in 2002 after the previous owners completely renovated it and since he was a general contractor, he added on some really nice details during the renovation. One of the details I loved so much was the living room wall was completely covered in big slabs of keystone. It really was such a beautiful wall...or so I thought.
A couple of years back, I noticed the seams between the slats of wood on the floors appeared to be growing. When I mentioned this to my husband he said, of course they are going to settle over time, these are the original wood floors, they're 55 years old. I thought...Hmmm.
Well, over time, it seemed to be getting worse and worse until one day the floor appeared to be sloping. Next thing you know - I felt like I was walking downhill in my living room. We had someone come in and take a look - and yes, the beautiful keystone wall was the culprit...it was way too heavy for the wall - and slowly over time, had caused foundation problems. We contemplated on whether we ripped the house down and start over - or to fix the foundation. For many reasons, most importantly that it would take at least two years, we decided to fix the house.
|This is the culprit wall - right before we moved out.|
This is the same wall - a few weeks later.
Here is the same wall today.
After a small argument with my husband about him not listening to me 6 months ago....he agreed that we indeed had a problem but felt sure that we did not have to go through all the trouble we went through last time - that it was an easy fix. So he hired someone to go under the house by cutting a hole in the guest room floor....I took a photo of the big hole - from my phone so it's a bit blurry....
So here is the room now....and it is level again.
So as of today - it is "fixed" - although I still feel a slight slope in the hallway. I have a funny feeling this is not over yet...but I'm hoping that I'm wrong. So my new decorating challenge is to re-do my guest room. The walls are painted a really pretty very soft pink with a slightly darker variation on the bottom.
I'm currently searching for inspiration and have decided to challenge myself to re-do the rooms with all vintage, repurposed and recycled (except the mattress of course) pieces. So I am going to use my favorite blogs for ideas....Wish me luck!!
I'm linking this up to:
The Shabby Chic Cottage Transformation Thursdays