Remodeling Front Porch
Typically porches weren't given much support, my 1907 had only a few courses of brick.. so you would most likely need to beef up the foundation.
For that part I would call in a pro, then once it's sound you could tackle the fun part of restoring it.
There is a lot to doing the foundation such as type of soil, loads, connections etc. Mine I had to jack up, and pore a spread footing & stem wall and since it's an earthquake zone then engineered for the steel, and stresses.
Yours may only reqiure piers dependent on the structure and part of the country or zone. A local carpenter will be able to explain more of that process to you for your area.
My home is located in the state of Minnesota, city of St. Paul. Thankfully, I don't need to worry about earthquakes, all I need to worry about are Tornados.
The home faces the south. I have a three season porch (10' x 7') that leans to the southwest and only on one corner. From what I can see underneath the porch, the porch does not sit on a foundation, it looks like it is sitting on 5 piers.
I have been told by other people the have seen it (not professionals), that it looks like I could just jack up that southwest corner and level it on a pier.
I need to know if; 1. Would this be a big job? 2. Is this something that I can do or should I get a professional to do it? 3. What type of jack would I need to use? 4. What would be the best type of material to use for the pier? and 5. When I level the porch, will this cause damage to the roof and/or windows that I may need to wory about?
Thank you in advance for any advice that you might be able to provide.
All this will take place after you have done the jacking. Use a screw type house jack to do this. They can be rented if you don't own one for pretty short money. Once you bring the jack up to contact with the bottom of the porch I would turn them one turn per day until they bring the porch back into place. This should be slow enough to avoid any damage or pull things loose. Don't go any further that you have to. The jack should be placed on a secure footing, (I use a piece of 3/4" plywood), about 2 feet square layed flat on the ground beneath the jacking point. Try and replace one pier at a time so you don't get any sag. The jack can also be used to hold up the other areas near the other piers without actually lifting them. Hope this helps...MJH
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