My previous post pondered the reason for some sinking of a front porch stoop in front of a house.
Reading my previous post it says that the listing agent said this house was built this way, 30 years ago.
I also hinted that there is a new roof.
Not being right there it is hard, from photos, to be able to see everything going on here.
This should help. It is a crop of the center of the other photo.
What you can see:
1. The wood surrounding the sinking stoop is painted completely. Even underground. I checked. This was not done 30 years ago.
2. The gap that developed between the sinking part and the higher front porch was recently covered over with mortar. You can see the built-up area in the close up.
3. An additional beam was placed around the higher porch, on each side. It can be seen on the right.
I think this is the second (or third) porch arrangement. With the last attempt, the upper porch was additionally supported with those beams on each side. The sinking portion is happening because there are no gutters on the house and the rain is eroding the substructure under that heavy slab. The sidewalk is settling also, being pulled down by the sinking slab.
This house was designed to be in a wooded setting, with wood siding and exposed beams. It is called a "deck house." Gutters would ruin the aesthetics attempted by the architect. Even when they installed the new roof, less than one year ago, they elected not to add gutters, even knowing this slab is sinking.
Aesthetics trumped all!
My recommendation: designs sometimes create inherent problems. At times people try to maintain the aim of the design, even at the risk of causing other problems. Sometimes these problems are evident, and sometimes they are not. But home inspections can help sniff these things out!
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