We’ve run into a number of surprises, particularly in the basement, as we stripped out the old walls and the ceilings, including the supporting post that doesn’t and the rather precarious crumbling fieldstone foundation (or whatever is left of it) under the main supporting post at the front of the house. Sort of looks like something that Fred Flintstone would have built.
It never ceases to amaze me how much abuse these old houses can take and still remain standing, even though by all rights it should have fallen down years ago. Suffice it to say our structural engineer was horrified.
Actually posted by James Evans.