I have a 2-story house in Mexicantown that was built in the 1870s, and we are doing a historic restoration, since the interior is essentially all original still. It sits on a soft brick foundation which most likely has issues, and the framing is balloon-style and has suffered damage from both carpenter ants and carpenter bees.
I had the highly-rated Foundation Systems of Michigan out to look at the foundation since they've done work on my previous house, but I got the impression that they weren't especially gung-ho to deal with a brick foundation. He said it "looked good for its age." However even my untrained eyes can see that there are issues that need to be addressed, I just think that they only really deal with modern concrete and block foundations, and don't really do much work with soft, historic brick.
I can see in the basement that there has been ant damage to structural members and was shored up at some point, but i have a feeling that when I pull the siding off I will find that the studs are compromised as well, which in a balloon-framed 2-story house will present structural issues concerning load. I don't want to start jacking the house up to replace rotted wood since it might cause more damage. Not to mention our thin concrete "floor" was added on top of a dirt floor, and might not be strong enough to bear much weight.
Is there some contractor or consultant out there who specializes in historic restoration and would be able/willing to analyze/address such issues holistically, the proper way?
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