Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation

ajdaley

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.

Piffin

03:04PM | 12/27/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1278 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?


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