Inspecting older houses can truly be a challenge, such as this beautiful Lafayette Square home. Special attention is paid to examining the structure for possible damage due to a century of exposure to the elements, water infiltration and poor site drainage. Water is usually at the core of problems in all houses, but to a much higher degree in older houses. I started working in rehab in the Lafayette Square, Soulard and Central West End areas of St Louis, while studying building technology at college. These houses bring back a lot of memories of working hard and the enjoyment of seeing the finished product become a home!