On this pre-drywall inspection, like with every pre-drywall inspection, the lowest point is the most important.
Hence the word "foundation."
If the foundation of anything is weak, or off center, or leaning, or compromised by cracking, or whatever, the rest of the building above is in jeopardy.
This house has a beautiful third level. Tall, cathedral ceilings and the walls of three rooms come to rest at the top of a single, load-bearing column.
It is located right on top of another single, load-bearing column.
That column in and of itself also supports the intersection of two walls and beams.
The bottom of that column rests on top of a, so-called, para-laminate beam.
One end of that beam is secured to and properly and deeply sits on the foundation wall. That end is very secure!
The other end is supported by the lowest column in this group.
The bottom of that column is secured to a Simpson Strong Tie support base buried into the slab, as it should be.
The connection isn't even centered!
And, to boot, the column is attached to the base with drywall screws!
Simpson makes (and recommends) stronger, fatter nails that are supposed to be used with their ties.
You can see that holes are even provided for through bolts, if desired by the architect. If they were so designed, they were not used.
DRYWALL SCREWS ARE FOR DRYWALL! DRYWALL SCREWS ARE SELDOM USED FOR DRYWALL!
They are certainly, certainly inappropriate here! This is the most important point from bottom to top!
The top of this same column is attached to the beam with four, no, count'em five, toe nails!
One is double shot right beside another!
And fully 1/2" of the top of that column is captured by those nails!
Secure, secure, secure!
This, again, it totally inappropriate.
Remember, this is the bottom-most point of some major support in this house.
Simpson, and other companies, makes special attachment straps for this location and post and beam arrangement.
IT CAN BE VERY SECURE!
But here it is not.
This is joke carpentry.
This is thoughtless carpentry.
THIS IS NOT CARPENTRY!
It is distrubing. This could only be seen because this buyer had the foresight to ignore the builder's many admonitions NOT to have a pre-drywall inspection.
My recommendation: ignore the builder's many admonitions NOT to have a pre-drywall inspection on new construction! Simply smile! And then insist on one, provided by a competent, independent, objective, qualified home inspector! You will be happy you did!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560