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To repair or not to repair shore bungalow
January 19, 2014 in Design Dilemma
I inherited a 70+ yr. old ocean-block summer home (no A/C, no heat) on the Jersey shore. It's in decent condition with some minor repairs needed and one not so minor defect. (I had a structural engineer inspection done). Originally built with outdoor shower only, the original owners (probably in the 1950's) put in a tub/shower indoors. The problem: in order to run the plumbing, they had to cut a support beam! Over the decades the kitchen floor has developed a significant sag. In the adjacent bathroom (the only bathroom) the floor has dropped approx. .5" from the toilet base. In order to bolster the floor and somewhat correct this problem, most likely we'll have to open the kitchen floor and go under the house in this fashion (there is an approx. 2 ft. crawl space). Do I have someone attempt this? With a house of this age, one thing can lead to another.