Cash in the Attic Basement: Part 1

Category: What on Earth!?

Those of you who have been following along know that we sent photos of some of the items that were found in the house to Brian at Chicago Antiques Guide to get some guidance on what to do with them. Two of those items were a bowl by James Prestini and a maquette by Enrique Alferez. In regards to the bowl, we initially got a nice surprise from Brian...until I actually unpacked the bowl again and realized that I had given him the dimensions for the wrong bowl! (Argh. It had been three years.) Yes, we actually have TWO Prestini bowls, but the larger one has a crack in it. The smaller bowl is still worth something, though, just not as much as a pristine larger bowl would be. Sigh.

Why are we so interested in auctioning off these two items? Well, in the spirit of one of my favorite shows, "Cash in the Attic", we have a problem that needs to be solved. And the solution will involve raising some cash. Here is the problem:


The footing under our sunroom is cracked in more than one place.  It was like this when we purchased the house and we don't know how long it has been like this.  The previous owner's attempts at covering up the damage didn't work very well. 


The sunroom has settled a bit lower than the rest of the house (which is supported by a foundation...separate from the footing.)  I'm not sure how much it has settled or how quickly it continues to settle.  But, honestly?  It is bugging the stuffing out of me.  Everytime I think of the front room, I think of this footing and how it should be fixed.  I can't get past it to thinking about the aesthetics of the front room of the house until this infrastructure problem is taken care of.  Yes, I am obsessed with it.  In my way of thinking, working on the "look" of those two rooms without addressing this problem would be like slapping lipstick on a pig.  Nice red lips, but...still.  It's a pig.


And when we remove those crazy overgrown bushes from the front of the house....ewww.  Our sultry, scarlet-lipped pig will be exposed to the world.  So to speak.  (Kudos to Aaron for indulging his obsessed spouse on this issue...good karma will be his.  Eventually.)

So, will we raise enough money from auctioning off these two items to fix the footing?  I don't know...I've never been to an auction before and have not one iota of knowledge as to how they work.  So, stick around.  There will be more to the story forthcoming.

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When ever you do get that repaired, make sure the ground slopes away from the house. They recommend 1 in. per ft. for approx 5 ft.
POPS --30--

We had a very similar problem a few years ago. Our back porch was sinking into the ground and the footing/foundation was cracking bigtime. We did fix it ourselves and it really wasn't as horrible as I anticipated. We had to dig down below the footing and rented hydraulic jacks to jack up the porch. This required digging through the concrete patio btw! Anyway, we poured a new footing and also had to bolt the addition to the house - a 'minor' detail that had not been done when the porch was built - duh!!!!!!! When we removed the siding there was about a one inch gap between the wall of the house and the 2 x 4 stud that was just there supporting the porch. Anyway, that, I believe was the major problem that caused it to sink. So, about 10 or 12 years later it's still doing fine, even with our freezing and steaming hot Chicago weather variations. Hopefully, yours won't be as bad as it seems.

You're wise to address any structural issues as soon as you can. We wish we would have dealt w/ our posts before we did all this work on the 1st floor, but we only have slight deflection and I think we will be okay. Good luck with your situation.


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