Our c.1820 center hall colonial has a small two story attachment --our kitchen and daughter's room-- forming an L off the main house. The story is that the family who built the house constructed this portion of the house first and lived in it while building the main house. This portion was built on a rubble foundation (no mortar, no crawl space, at least not for a human to crawl into). The kitchen floor is essentially a deck which sits 6-8 inches above soil & rock. The floor gets very cold during the winter. We are in the process of installing a full 42" foundation for this section of house with stone work to match the rest of the house. I'd like to consider pouring a slab foundation under the entire kitchen floor, and then I'd like to do something about heating/insulating the space.
Does anyone have any thoughts on how I may make this space more comfortable during the winter months? What really needs to be done?
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