Building character?

Well, this seems like a bit of a problem.

I’ve been sort of aware that the floor’s not been right but clearly a bit in denial about the whole thing… I put a level on it today and realised a bit late, that something should probably be done.

The floor in here is 3.4m wide, and it bows along that width, with the middle 30mm lower than the edges, as you can see in the picture. I’m not sure what’s causing it, and it could well just be one of those things which happened 130 years ago when the timbers were new, and hasn’t moved since, but how would I know that for sure.

I bounced around the problem with Dad and he came up with some good ideas for fixing it that I’d not thought of, but we came to the conclusion that it’s impossible to solve the problem properly until we know the cause. We could even decide to live with it, and chock up all the furniture properly with carefully cut wood, but until a pro’s looked at it we just don’t know whether our fixes will actually make the problem worse.

I’m hoping to get a structural engineer to look at it ASAP and then I know where we stand, but until then, I’ll just be turning it over in my head.

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