It had to happen eventually. After five months of relatively pain-free renovating we’ve finally hit a bump in the road. Or, more accurately, a huge hole in the road.
I’ll try to explain…
Our house is built on a hill, and the back wall is half underground. That’s not a problem though because that back wall is a huge, reinforced concrete wall that holds back the earth, provides good insulation and lets the water drain through and into the well.
We decided to pretty much leave this wall well alone, after all it’s doing a good job. However, from the outside, where we’re putting in an access road, we decided to dig down a bit further to put in a waterproof layer and some drainage, so as to take a bit of water away.
But in digging down we made a rather surprising discovery. This huge, concrete behemoth is in fact no more than clay and a few stones with a one-centimetre coating of concrete. It turns out that much like a book, you should never judge a wall by its cover. If Hollywood were to build a concrete wall, it would be this one.
This is a problem. A big problem. The whole back wall of the house is supported by nothing more than clay, and if I remember rightly the song we sang in Sunday school was not about the wise man who built his house on clay.
So, we have to do something to fill this wall in, to turn it into an actual wall. It’s going to take concrete and some engineering know-how, neither of which I possess, so there is an engineer at the house this morning attempting to come up with a plan. I’m just hoping and praying that there is a simple solution.
Meanwhile I’m going to continue puzzling over why on earth anyone would go to the effort of building a fake concrete wall…