Rot, High Winds, Fallen Chimney, Lifted Roof

I unearthed an old list of blog ideas buried in the paper piles of my office submitted by old friends and two cousins. I am tempted by their excellent suggestions and mean to address them shortly, but right now, I am pulled in another direction.

I am in my home office and can hear the rain coming down. Alas, that doesn’t help matters. My house was built in 1855, and the houses on either side of me were most likely built about the same time. Stormy weather, high winds, and old architecture are not a healthy mix.

I watched workmen on the roof of the home next door to mine. I talked with several, and one of them took some pictures of my roof from that vantage point. It showed a fallen chimney. My home has three chimneys — it appears that only the one has toppled.

I had the good fortune to talk with the company’s owners repairing the house next door. The quality of their work impresses me. I asked them if they would be willing to look at my home, which requires much work. They agreed to do that.

I was entirely unprepared to see the extent of damage both inside and outside my home, which their pictures dramatically cataloged.

In addition, there is a lengthy list of interior and exterior damage that will need repair.

Looking forward, I am thankful for the company who will attend to the repairs.

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10 Responses to Rot, High Winds, Fallen Chimney, Lifted Roof

  1. Ellen Summers says:

    Not an easy job, looking after a dear but old house!

  2. Richard Krohn says:

    Not pretty pictures.
    The aches and pains in getting old(even us).
    Soooooo sorry what you must be going through.

    Richard Krohn

  3. Michael T Carr says:

    Fortunate, I think, that there were good workmen next door dealing with the problems at that house who could evaluate the situation with your house. I have a friend in Ann Arbor who had to have the whole foundation of his house rebuilt which was time-consuming and expensive project. I hope your repair is easier to accomplish.

  4. Nancy Hazle says:

    That sure is a lot of work that is needed!

  5. AECRM says:

    Thank you all for your kind words — I just walked in the door. I am very fortunate that the people who were working on the house next door will also be working on mine. That being said, it would be very nice if the Good Lord would stop the rain for a few days an actually give the people who are going to repair it some dry weather to do begin the work.

  6. Judith McCorkle says:

    I am glad to note that you have a positive attitude towards this complex problem. It is also good to hear that your neighbors are so helpful. I pray that this will be a good and complete recovery. Look forward to seeing you ( and your beautiful home, and Ellen) very soon!!!!

  7. AECRM says:

    Thank you, Judy! The neighbors part of this was that the people who were working for them, are now soon to work for me. Now, we just need to pray for good weather! I am delighted to look forward to the visit from you and also from Ellen. It has been too long since the three of us have gotten together. Ellen visited us in Arizona — and I have visited you going & coming from Missouri and you have visited me in Ohio. About time the three of us get together. I can’t wait!

  8. Carol Fryer says:

    I hope your insurance will pay for this work! It’s good to have workers that you trust. We loved the contractor who did the work in our apartment and trusted him too!

  9. AECRM says:

    Carol, I am very glad for the contractors we have — we have watched their work on the house next door & have been very impressed. Now we just need it to stop raining so that they can get busy fixing the rafters and putting a tarp on the roof when they are not here so that no more water will get in. Love to you & Greg!

  10. Jan Seibel says:

    This makes my heart sad. Praying God will provide in this misfortune 😢

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