The "foundation" in the Ell portion consisted of a 16' length of field stone that was, ummm, hydraulically challenged. Beyond that, where the original building was the wood shed, there were some vestiges of rotting wooden posts and some earlier attempts at putting concrete patches underneath it all. That all had to go, and the Ell for a time was supported, during the removal of the old and the installation of the new foundation, on cribbing and steel.

Our theme - When in Doubt, CUT IT OUT!

Footings under the new walls! How modern.

My new basement. WhoooHoo!this would soon become a critical space.

Life is full of never ending surprises in old houses. We discovered heart rot in this beam that looked fine from the outside. Just one of the early experiences with not being as done as I thought ...