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Carriage house garage floor

Posted by Kevin Schilder on March 20th, 1998 11:56 AM

We have an offer in on an old victorian home. The garage
was once a barn/carriage house. It is built on the slope
of a hill and so the main floor has a room beneath it (like
an exposed basement). The floor is wood and seems well
supported underneath. The inspection revealed a small
amount of horizontal shift in the floor in the downhill
direction, but the rest of the foundation seems solid.

I have no knowledge about the weight of two cars and what
a floor requires for supporting the weight. Is a wood
floor adequate to support cars? It seems to have been
used in this way for many years already. I could use any
reassurance or warning about this type of situation
if anyone else has encountered it. Is there someone besides
my inspector who can give a solid evalutaion of this situation,
like and engineer.

Thanks to anyone who has suggestions!!

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