We have a new 18 month old house built by myself for my family. The other day I thought the gaps below some of the baseboards looked a little bit wider than usual. Curious and concerned, I went below to the crawlspace for a closer look, and sure enough, there was a quarter inch gap above the piers and below the two main floor beams. We’ve had an unusually dry fall, and the wooded hillside we’ve built on is full of clay soils, which have dried up and contracted. Come the Spring, the soils will expand with the seasonal rains, so I’m hesitant to shim the gaps, thinking they’ll push the structure up too far when the clay does expand. I’m wondering if anyone knows of a product/technique/or system that automatically compensates for soil expansion and contraction, like a spring-loaded, load-bearing, self-adjusting wonder gizmo. Any thoughts?
By connecting the home to the detached garage, the architects of this hillside home made space for a home office and guest area.
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