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Home Inspector with Clayton Inspection Service, Inc.

Someone decided they wanted to add on a master bedroom and bathroom to the side of their house. Lets just put it where the driveway is and extend the roof over the new part. What could be simpler?

No need to dig a full footing for a new foundation. After all, if the driveway is strong enough to park a car on, it ought to be strong enough to hold a house up. They did put a masonry block wall up on one side, but is wasn't quite high enough to line up with the existing floor. Since it was so close to the ground, they did use pressure treated lumber (someone must have covered that on This Old House once).

However, when it came to the floor framing, they must have missed those episodes, because it was.....well............just too funny for words.

There is nothing really right about the job they did. It's just a waste of material and time. 

Comments (8)

James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Wow! I think you summed it up quite nicely... a waste of materials.

Mar 06, 2010 11:05 PM
Vince Santos
StepByStep Home Services LC - Canton, MI
Southeast Michigan Home Inspector

I think I would have had a hard time hiding my laughter on this one.

Mar 08, 2010 11:07 AM
Jack Feldmann
Clayton Inspection Service, Inc. - Knoxville, TN


This morning I got a call from someone I guess might have done the work. Here's how it went.

Hello, is Mr. Silverman in?

NO, there is no Mr. Silverman here, I'm Jack Feldmann.

Did you do the inspection on XYZ? For Mrs. ABC?

Well, I did the inspection on XYZ, but I have no idea who Mrs. ABC is. 

OH, she is the owner, and told me I needed to call you.

For what reason?

I don't know, she just told me to call you.

Well, I don't know Mrs. ABC, I haven't talked to Mrs ABC, and have no idea why she would tell you to call me. Did you have a question?

No she just told me to call you.

Well, when you figure out why she wanted you to call me, call me back. Bye.


Go figure.

Mar 09, 2010 07:03 AM
Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Delivering the Unbiased Truth.

bwahahaha!  Those photos are hilarious and so was your conversation.

Mar 14, 2010 02:22 PM
Jack Feldmann
Clayton Inspection Service, Inc. - Knoxville, TN

Richard, look again.....wait, sit down first.....wait for it.....wait for it.............wait for it................ those are 2x2's.

Mar 16, 2010 12:41 PM
Paul A. Perry
Certified Inspections, PC - Residential & Commercial Property Inspections - Crossville, TN
Home Inspector - Crossville & Cookeville, TN

Hey Jack,

Aren't you being a little tough here?  You can see from the picture that the contractor covered the outside wall with vinyl siding.  That shouold create lateral stability, don't you think.  And, I noticed that all of the 2x2s were pressure treated, doesn't that count for something.  Why do home inspectors always have to be so negative?

(Just so no one gets confused; tounge is sticking out side of check!) 

Good job Jack!  No doubt, another happy client!

Apr 03, 2010 07:05 AM
Richard Barbee
Realty Executives Assoc - Knoxville, TN

Jack Feldmann is the Knox Area's BEST HOME INSPECTOR !!!!!!!!!!!!

I wouldn't recommend anybody else !!!!!!

It is hard to believe that some cheap, short-sighted idiot would do that work under a structure.


Jul 09, 2010 01:23 PM
Bonnie Allen
Classic Designs Home Staging - Knoxville, TN

The sad (or hilarious) side of this is that it weren't for home inspections quite a few people would think that this type of "construction" would be OK!

Aug 31, 2010 05:20 AM