Original Logs from Trees in the Mid 1800's as Floor Joists

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Sky Realty LLC 6502410580

I was out showing a house a few weeks ago in Marshall, Michigan.  It was a foreclosure, and the buyers were taking their time going through each room, assessing the size.  At one point we went into the basement to look at the furnace, and waOriginal Logster heater, and see the overall basement size. 

In Michigan, it is not uncommon to see a small basement which is commonly called 'A Michigan Basement'.  It ususally consists of stone or concrete walled basement, with a small amount of space.  They were originally used to store coal, for coal furnaces back in the day.  This particular home was built in the mid 1800's.  Something I have learned as a Realtor, is when you are exploring a basement it is always important to remember to look up. 

In this case, when I looked up, I saw that the floor joists were made from original trees fallen back when the house was originally built.  The logs still had the bark on them, which is not very common.  I have seen it a few times before in homes built in this era, but these seemed particularily well preserved.  I guess it just goes to show you the endurance of wood when it is preserved properly under the right conditions. 

I cannot help but let the imagination roll when I see something like this.  I wonder about the people that built the home, the resources they had, and whole era it was built in.  So it goes to show you, there are always surprises when exploring old homes.

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Comments (7)

Michael Kitsch
Coldwell Banker - Katy, TX

Wow, don't you wish they could tell the stories of the people who lived in the house.  That would be something.  This was a nice diversion this morning!

Jun 03, 2011 02:42 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

What a great story Michael. You are right there is magic in the details of homes and the people who built and lived in them.

Jun 03, 2011 03:05 AM
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

It is so true Cheryl & Sheila.  There are so many forgotten stories in an old home.  If only houses could talk!

Jun 03, 2011 03:25 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


That is great. They old construction methods that have withstood the years. :)


Jun 03, 2011 06:03 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


That's pretty amazing! I am literally floored!


Jun 03, 2011 10:10 PM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


Congratulations, this post is now featured in the AR Group "Americana." :)


Jun 05, 2011 04:02 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around


I have come across a few older homes like this myself in our area.  The older homes were well built.  That explains why they have stood up for over 100 years.  As long as they are maintained, they will stand up to another 100 years. 

I have also seen barns from the same era still standing.  They were also built solid. 


Jun 06, 2011 01:55 AM