I've been out and dug a hole (inside the barn) to try and establish
how deep the footings run. I have put a photo and description on my
web site (at the bottom) - I reckon they are 2' in total - I reckon
this isn't enough? My structural engineer (who I haven't spoken to
today) told me that underpinning (if that is what is required) is not
such a bad job if you know who to ask - and needn't cost more than £3k
for a project this size.
Thanks in advance....
Hi Simon - what a nice project and well done on the pictures so far. Keep them
coming please :)
The barn looks mid Victorian, with its King-post truss, secondary rafters and
brick footings. There has been a little rafter spread by the look of it, and
the tie bar was probably put in to arrest bulging walls, but again quite minor.
There doesn't appear to be much structural damage due to foundation movement as
far as I could see.
Why are you so concerned about the foundations? If you're not going to increase
the loading on them at all I would say there's probably no need to do anything
about them from what I can see from the pictures. But nobody here on this
newsgroup can tell you whether they are adequate or not - this depends on the
site conditions, e.g. soil type, its compressive and shear strength, moisture
content, any trees close by, ground water level etc etc. Also, we have no idea
whether you intend to increase the loading - even knocking openings can increase
the loading locally. It seems you are getting excellent advice from your
engineer - I would trust in what he says.
If it's of any interest, my house has even shallower footings than your barn,
but as they're on solid chalk they are perfectly adequate.
Hope this puts your mind at rest
On Sun, 25 Jan 2004 17:28:47 -0000, "Peter Taylor"
The downstairs will be residential - it is attached to the house
anyway - and I intend to use the four sections as part of the house
(garage/games room/store room/workshop). The upstairs I would like to
let to a small business - maybe 3 people - office based - not retail.
Spoke with my neighbours today - the one closest was happy - the one
the other side said he would object to it being used as a commercial
venture. I suppose my thoughts are that a barn is commercial anyway -
I'd have to change the use for it to become residential.......!
Either way - I intend to keep my neighbours as happy as possible - and
I think I would get permission to convert the first floor to an office
and let it - but I would have to impose some fairly strict rules, so
Best take down all the walls if stone. Number the stones. build a nice
strong foundation slab. Build a timber frame on it and the re-erect the
walls. If brick or wood you have problems. Try the selfbuild list, they
are the people to be with.
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You're taking the piss, right? Do you have *any* idea how long this will
take/how much it will cost? I've seen many barn conversions, but not a
single one which had been taken down stone by stone, and put back in the
You're totally insane.
If it did need to be knocked down, no one *on earth* would number all
the stones and put them back in the same order. You clearly have no idea
whatsoever what this would involve.
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