Monday, November 02, 2015

The correct way to update a historic house

In Park City, there are zoning codes that define what you have to do to protect historic homes.  This can be a challenge because people want to build new, big and fancy, but a protected historic home sits on the lot.  Many of the miners' homes from the late 1800's are built straight on the ground with no foundation.  If you are going to update the house, you certainly want to fix that.

Here is a great example of how you can do that AND add a basement at the same time.  This has to be done very carefully because a lot of these houses are very dry and brittle.
 Sure enough, they have this one up and the walls of a basement and foundation poured.

Unfortunately, some builders don't seem to have the same luck or skill.  I am not sure which this was.  They had it up and were building underneath it.  Then underneath suddenly became a lot smaller.
 Trying to recover this without having to take the house apart (panelization) may be quite the project.
You just never know what you will find when you take the dog out for a long walk around Park City.
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