Moving Our House: Lifting It Off the Foundation

The next step in moving our house was lifting it off of the foundation.  The movers came on a Monday morning and by the end of the day Tuesday it was lifted up on the truck, ready to travel north on Wednesday morning.

Here is the side of the house.  You can see it LiFteD on the beams.

Looking into our basement.  See the hole in the cement in the top right corner?  They had to jackhammer out holes so the beams could slide through. YowZah!

They used large blocks of wood (like railroad ties) and stacked them up to keep the house from dropping on the foundation. Kinda LooKeD like they were playing Jenga!

Remember when we had to remove the bottom part of my office wall?  Here you can see why!  They ran horitontal pieces of wood so the beams would HoLd up the garage.

This is the door to my office.  We had to tape all the doors and vents to minimize the dust during the move!

Did I ever mention the COOLEST thing about the move??  We got to leave everything in it!!  It was awesome!  We packed up our fragile stuff and set it on the floor and moved furniture together to keep things secure.  Think of it as a decorated Uhaul truck…with windows!

The kid’s room was a GrEaT catch-all spot!

Here’s the back of the house, which will actually be the new FRONT of our house in the new location.  That’s right!  We are going to add on a sunroom and make this the new entry for our house!

Once it is moved, this will be the back of the house, which will lead out to our new deck.  The perks of moving a house…you can flip flop the overall look!

~~~~~~~~~~THE NIGHT BEFORE THE MOVE~~~~~~~~~~

Scott and Robynn were so GeNeRouS to allow us to stay with them from Monday-Wednesday morning, while the house was being lifted.  On Tuesday night we all went out to see the progress.  The movers had been busy!

Pictured below is the existing cement from our garage.

Looking south, with the house on the truck, ready to move!



Remember all of the pavers we picked up from the patio?  You can see the lines that they left below.  Glad that project is done :)

Thumbs up!  We are getting closer!

Check out the roof!  They attached thin pieces of wood to help limbs from catching the pipes during travel.

Family picture!

Come back next Friday to see the pictures of it driving down the road and going through the small towns along the way!  If you have missed my other posts leading up to this point read Why Move A House? and Demo Work and Moving Day!

We give all the credit to Unruh House Movers!  What an awesome crew!



Filed under At Home, RANDO•RAMA

21 responses to “Moving Our House: Lifting It Off the Foundation

  1. Sara

    You have done a great job in documenting your move. Thanks for sharing your story and pictures!

  2. Joyce Brady

    Ditto to what Sara said……

  3. Deb Rice

    WELCOME to our part of the county. We can use great families like yours here. Great job enjoyed seeing the pictures. YOU all deserve a big pat on th back a job well done and quite a job at That!!! Deb

    • Thanks! So excited to be here! After going through all the pictures I am reminded of why we are still tired and recovering from the last few months :) it is crazy how quickly you forget all the work that was involved!

  4. L~, It was so weird (and sad!!) seeing your house on that truck after spending so much time out there! Many good memories of that place, but am confident we’ll have many more at your new place. So glad you are finally “Home”. I know that feeling and although I would have loved to keep you here, I wouldn’t want you keep you from where you heart is!! Love you Girl!! :)

  5. Peggy

    This has been great following your journey. You are an amazing writer!! Welcome back to being closer to your roots! Good Luck on the rest of the adventure.

  6. Wow, i didn’t know you could do this!

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