Moving the farmhouse to dig a new foundation.
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After almost four months of officially owning The Noah Farm, the big house move day is here. It started on my husband’s birthday, March 23, 2015 and lasted the entire week. Unfortunately, he had to work almost the entire time and missed most of the excitement.
It started with large trucks coming and bringing long “I”beams that would be placed under the house.
Before the beams could be put under the house, a skid steer starting removing all the landscaping around the house and then punching holes through the limestone foundation and removing the stones so the long “I” beams could be put in.
Here is a picture of one of the two longest “I” beams being put under the house running from west to east or along the greatest length of the house.
Same beam from a different angle. The front wrap around porch was taken off and the roof braced up during the move.
If you look closely at this picture you will notice a square cut out in the “I” beam. This beam is running north-south under the house or the shortest width of the house and the longer “I beam will cross through this cut out section. You can also see part of the limestone foundation blocks that are left in place until all the metal beams have been placed under the house.
The skid steer was used to first push/guide the beams under the house and later to pull the house as it slid slowly on the beams. There were four guys total who worked on our move and if you notice, the guy in this picture has a walkie-talkie in his hand which they all used to communicate with each other.
A view from down under. (Funny side note: When Unruh House Moving company originally came to look at the project, two guys crawled in the very tight crawl space and were greeted by a skunk. They quickly backed out and fortunately weren’t sprayed.)
The house is now totally off the original foundation and resting on the beams that have been placed in a grid-like fashion under the entire house. Underneath the beams are jacks and wooden blocks supporting the structure in four areas. The movers called them giant jenga blocks.