Clearing Out the Brush

One of our big projects for the summer will be to put a band-aid on this garage. The garage is original to the house (1939), and as you can clearly see from the photo, it’s in rough shape. See how the roof is all bowed in?

Crooked Garage.

When we bought the house, we were pretty convinced that the garage just needed to be torn down. And we still pretty much think that’s the case, but instead of the $20,000-$30,000 a new garage would cost, we’ve decided that we think we can spend $1,000 or less and keep it for a few more years, if not indefinitely.

The roof is sagging, so naturally, the first thing you think is that the roof rafters are probably all rotten. Except that their not. Structurally, everything wood in this garage is still in pretty good shape. The problem is that the foundation has sunk out from beneath it. So while this really looks like a roof problem, it’s actually a foundation problem, which has sunk as much as 6″ or so right in front of the door.

Our plan, which may or may not work, is to jack up this side of the garage, figure out how to get some sort of band-aid foundation underneath it, and set it back down. We’re not really sure how we’re gonna do it, yet, but we’re gonna give it a shot.

Anyway, before we can do anything like that, we needed to clear out this pile of branches and stuff that’s been sitting here ┬ásince last fall.

Brush Pile

Luckily, a spool of twine can keep a 10-month-old entertained for quite a while.

KP playing with twine.

This is what it looked like when we finished clearing out all the dead leaves and plants.


The next step will be to dig out around the foundation of the garage to figure out exactly how we’re going to get a new band-aid foundation underneath this wall.

Got any suggestions?