In the last update about the Taylor Homestead, we told you that the nearly 100-year-old pier-and-beam house had been jacked up and leveled. Which is a great thing when a house is about 2 to 3 inches out of level from one side of the house to the other. Since that time, we’ve had a couple of substantial, rare-for-Texas-summer rainstorms, including, thankfully, just a brush with Hurricane Harvey. Taylor got anywhere between 4 and 6 inches of rain and wind gusts not much higher than 35 mph during Harvey. As the project manager, I’ve kept my eye on the sparrow—AKA the level—and am happy to report no movement in our foundation. Also, none of the many trees surrounding the house came down or caused any damage to the house or the outbuildings. Whew!
We still need to build a berm around the Taylor Homestead to prevent, or at least stem, future significant movement of the foundation (it’s going to move—all houses do—but we want to keep that movement to a minimum), but that won’t be done until nearly the end of the project since there will be a lot of people working and walking around the perimeter of the house, probably stomping down the berm, which would defeat its intended purpose.