Complete tear down or continue building?
I have a client who purchased a property 10 years ago with two other partners. In the initial year they were gung-ho erecting the building and then stopped, untouched for 10 years. I got invited to look at the property yesterday and where they stopped amazed me. The contractor literally stopped after he completed 95% of the exterior plywood sheathing (there’s an exposed hole on the side elevation that spans all three stories. All the windows, the roof with shingles are installed, but no Tyvek membrane to be found anywhere. There’s racoon feces on the third floor and somehow there’s puddles of water inside the house. All the exterior plywood is waterlogged, soaked all the way through and already discolored to gray. All the wood stud walls and floor boards are different shades of gray throughout. I don’t know if there’s wood rot on the studs but definitely on the plywood.
I play dumb with the partner who’s a contractor and ask why the wood is discolored, he says it’s from 10 years of sun beating down on the house and it’s not from 10 years of soaking in rain and snow.
Here’s my question, would it be better to tear the entire house down and start from scratch? Or can my client continue completing the house with water soaked wood? I cautioned my client that mold and mildew will form once the inside temperature gets warmer than the exterior. This house is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
GBA Detail Library
A collection of one thousand construction details organized by climate and house part