We are officially back into the swing of renovating the house. While I love the idea of giving all of my attention to the aesthetics and design of the interior there are some issues that we need to tackle first.
One of those issues being the erosion of the land on the back end of the house. I may have mentioned before that we live in the Texas Hill Country and that name is spot on. There are hills and hills for days and while it makes for beautiful sights, it also puts a lot of homes on hilly ground which, if not handled properly, over time, can cause some issues. This is where we are at.
The right side of the house is on a slight slope and over time the house has settled on that side. It is to be expected in older homes because land changes with its exposure to the elements. Unfortunately, the previous owners did not do much in pro-active measures to prevent damage to the house.
It had just rained the day before taking the picture (above) so you can really see what I’m talking about. The dark, packed-down ground around the house is where the water sat during the storm. Sitting water gives said water the opportunity to eat away at the ground and all the materials (our foundation!) around it. This has caused the land to recede in this back corner of the house, has exposed more of the foundation than needed and has caused a shift in the foundation. Our inspector said it wasn’t anything that needed immediate attention but it was something we would want to address sooner rather than later.
We plan on fixing the foundation in a couple of years since that is a serious investment; even more-so on a concrete slab like the one our home was built on and we want to avoid at all cost having to take out a loan for anything in this house. Until we can tackle that huge project, we are going to complete some easier, less expensive, options during the interim.
First thing, gutters! Ok, gutters are not glamorous or very exciting but, like the title of this post states, water damage is no joke and function always has to come before things looking exactly how you want them. We had an installer come out and match the color of our house so that the gutters wouldn’t be a total eye-sore. He ordered the supplies and in about a week’s time, we had gutters.
This will lead the rain water away from the foundation of the house so that our sitting water issue would not continue to erode our foundation.
We also plan on adding stone around the exterior since it was recommended during our initial home inspection. Easy-peasy. Bonus: with the right stones, it will only add to the aesthetic and curb appeal. And that curb appeal? Honeeyyyy, it needs some work. lol Don’t let the feature photo on this post fool you. This picture was taken by the sellers, before the city drought and (I’m sure) before some Photoshop or LightRoom touching up. In real life, our entire yard is looking very rough. But that’s another project we plan to tackle very soon.
Until Next Time!