07:40AM | 12/18/03
Member Since: 12/17/03
5 lifetime posts
We currently have a 3 season porch (15x8) off of the back of our house. It is supported by concrete/cement posts. The porch is about 4' off the ground. Under the porch is dirt. We want to turn this into a full, weatherized portion of the house (laundry room/bathroom). Essentially the only thing we will keep is the roof (it's new). Everything else will be replaced.
Do I need to pour a foundation? The contractors who have looked at it are saying they will use the existing posts? Is this correct? Do I need to treat the dirt underneath or pour some kind of slab/slury? Also - I'm assuming all pipes will be well insulated and covered from the elements - however, should I also seal off this area (i.e. concrete block walls) around the posts?

Help and Thank You.


03:04PM | 12/27/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
You don't say what climate you are in. Given that, how would anyone disagree with two out of two presumably experienced people who have actually seen what you have? Did they give you some other reason to distrust their judgement?


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Handscraped finishes join the rustic, old-world feel of antique flooring with the durability and simplified installation b... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... Repurpose birthday hats to create a string of lanterns for your porch, patio, or garden. Cut the tip of the cone, punch h... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon