Dangerous Foundation Problems in Deep Cove, North Vancouver – Featured Home Inspection

Today’s featured inspection is a custom house in Deep Cove, North Vancouver.

The structure design on this property was extremely unique – if you were inspecting this house and saw the following in the basement, what would you think?

Crawlspace floor

Crawlspace floor

In case it’s hard to see, that’s water running under the house. The entire house was built into bedrock on the side of a mountain. A poured concrete foundation sat atop the bedrock, forming a crawlspace. No wood framing members made contact with the bedrock (a wise choice). Prior to the inspection, we obtained a geotechnical report from the District of North Vancouver.

The attic structure had been modified; here we see some framing members had been cut to facilitate the installation of one of the two new skylights. My good friend Ken Hunter was called in to repair the defect:

Cut framing members in the attic

Cut framing members in the attic

 

Next we inspected the storage shed, which looked fine…until I inspected its foundation…

A VERY Dangerous Shed Support

A VERY Dangerous Shed Support

This was the worst support for a building I’ve ever seen. What you can’t see in the photo, is the bag of concrete beneath the bottom block. I recommended this be repaired RIGHT AWAY.

The buyer negotiated a nice deal with the sellers and will be moving in next month.

About the Author DavidFairbairn

Author David Fairbairn is a certified, licensed home inspector serving Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. He has been featured in the media and has contributed to "24" Newspaper, and Global TV. He has spent years working with residential and commercial building projects, and holds a Power Engineering License in BC. Why not give him a call for your next Home Inspection? Call 604 395-2795 or email david@fairbairninspections.com today!

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