The genesis of the Permahaus goes back to August 2014, when our home flooded. It is an old house, originally build in 1925, and additions have been cobbled on one by one over the last 90 years, most of which were never ‘up to code’. It is for this reason that we suspect we have had so many water intrusion issues, and no foundation to speak of. But that first flooding incident prompted us to pull up the carpet, when we discovered there was no foundation underneath. We soon realized the house had so many issues, it would be nearly impossible to transform it into the sustainable home we had dreamed of. After months and months of struggling with legal issues, mold issues, and feeling as though our plans had been completely thwarted, the idea for the Permahaus was born and we began planning.
To give you an idea of some of the challeneges we were facing, and the state of the house in which we have been living for over a year, I’ve included some photos of the damaged areas.