I can oh so sympathize. That was part of the reason the process took us from Oct. to June because we decided we wanted *this* house, thank you, and it took a while to get people to change from the "this is what you want/have - which house fits?" paradigm to the "this is the house we want - what does it take to get it?" paradigm...
On some of the pictures, I thought "man, the ceiling seems really low." Then it occurred to me that the pictures were taken by someone much taller than me.
2004-08-19 08:31 pm (UTC)
That sounds very familiar. Doncha just love it?
Your house looks awesome. nice exterior lines, nice happy yard, nice woody floors, and ooo, those trusses. 2x4s of the big old kind, with handmade plywood plates. When was it built?
Alas, my picky eye saw a few things, not in any way negative, on the contrary, they give you something fun to think about!
1) Is there any insulation in your attic? It looks like drywall on the bottom of 2x4 bottom chord onn your trusses, but there's 'stuff' sitting on the drywall, which seems doubtful.
2) How far away is the nearest support for the gas line feeding the furnace? I didn't see any, and Oregon is still (me thinks?) earthquake country, might be something to consider. Perhaps your local codes don't require anything.
3) Earthquake restraints on the hot water heater? again contingent upon your code and seismic design designation for your area.
Looks like you're very nicely situated between two parques. Simply awesome! And remember - its not debt, its a house!
2004-08-19 08:50 pm (UTC)
We have 12" of blown-in insulation in the attic
"Support for the gas line feeding the furnace" is not a sentence fragment I understand. I know what all the words mean, but combined they confuse me. Do you mean like a check valve? Or more like physical holders so that the line won't whack around too much if shaken?
Oregon is not an official earthquake zone, or at least Eugene isn't.
Another thing you might find interesting is that the house is on expansive clay soil. Things like that can give civil engineers hives, or so I am told.
2004-08-20 03:12 am (UTC)
Ahhhhh, that feels good.
12" of blown insulation in your climate is utter happiness. (Huckledee buck, its utter happiness in my climate!)
Your superior parsing abilities successfully deduced the meaning of "Support for the gas line feeding the furnace". I do indeed mean physical bracing or supports that keep the darn thing from flopping to the point of failure in the face of abnormal accelerations such as those resulting from tectonic motion. In subsequent pondering, I doubt this is much of a concern. Gas piping is absurdly strong for what it carries (except for the explosion part, of course). Rated to perhaps 200 psi, the poor stuff is fated to carry a wee 3-5 psi. Sad, really. (Oddly, in a recent purusal of the Int'l Residential Code, I think it said you can use PVC pipe for gas. Freaky, that.)
Ah, everywhere is an official earthquake zone. It's just a matter of degree. Scary spots (SFO, ANC, LAX, etc) are some flavor of '4', which means 'screw your hat to your head, pops, itsa gonna be a BEEG one'. The other end of the scale is Chicago, Houston, and most points in between (designated a '1', where airborne livestock is a bigger concern. You are probably in a 2 or 3. I'll check dumain.
Mmmm, expansive clay soil. If only it were expensive clay soil, and you'd have a gold mine. As it is, maybe you can water the foundation if you want a better view. Of course, depending on the bearing pressure of the house, you could sink instead of floating upon the clay. Not really, but yeah, whatever.
That brings another question. Given that you receive an average of 36" of precipitation annually, and you are in clayey soils, how does your crawl space (I presume) look? Is it dry and well ventilated to the exterior? Is there a moisture barrier on the ground inside? Have you any dead bodies down there? Or more likely, do you have slab on grade, making the query moot?
2004-08-20 08:52 am (UTC)
Our foundation has formerly has some issues - there is past evidence of standing water, but not cracking or anything like that. In an effort to make the house as sellable as possible, the seller has installed two (yes 2) high quality sump pumps at the two most vulnerable corners of the house, the operation of which we have verified with the home inspector.
Your questions is not moot at all - the foundation is now most dry, and it has always been well ventilated. We have an addendum to the purchase agreement that our realtor is negotiating in which we ask the seller to remove all the dead bodies from the crawlspace prior to closing or to give us the cost of said operation in credit.
2004-08-20 12:35 am (UTC)
...it's not debt, it's a house!
That will be my mantra in all future dealings with our mortgage broker (who, as I've mentioned before, is a really cool person for someone who works with money professionally, but I'm still reallyglad I don't have to do her job). Thank you for the words of inspiration and warm fuzzies.
As far as I know Eugene doesn't have any earthquake-related building codes; Portland gets all shook up every now and then but we're pretty far out of quake range (not that it stopped the Glenwood from putting its new grills and ranges on restraints that could probably hold up a semi...)
We're wedged between a few backyards, one of which ends in a forest near-pure blackberry madness a few feet behind the house. Not that we mind the "forest in our backyard" feeling, oh no, even if it's not our backyard but the neighbors'!