Nancy and I are in the due diligence stage regarding the purchase of a 50 year old church building that we would like to convert into our house. We are discovering a number of issues that could be project ending problems.
One of these problems is the building’s foundation. Unfortunately, the building was constructed using vertical timber posts that are anchored in the ground. These posts have decayed at and below the ground line and need to be cut off to good wood and new foundations constructed. The structural engineer indicated that this can be done, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I received a building contractor’s assessment regarding the cost. This is what she said:
I think it will cost you far more than you think to turn it (the church building) into a house. That foundation can not be excavated with equipment. I am honestly afraid the building will fall down. I don’t think your renovations can be done (to turn it into a house) without spending hundreds of thousands of &$&$.
Hmmm…, if she is correct, this will be the end of the road for this project. However, before we abandon the project I would like to get a second opinion. I will send an update when I know more.
Please pray that we have wisdom!