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Old 03-16-2010, 03:30 PM  
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Default Building addition on slab-footer questions

Hi all,

I currently have an existing screened-in porch resting on a concrete slab. I have dug around the slab in 4 random places. What I have determined is that the slab was actually poured 2 different times, both times using 6"dimensional boards, thus roughly giving me a 10" deep slab on which the current porch sits.

I now would like to build an addition onto my house where the porch stands. I was wondering if I could dig 36" down for footers(I live in Pittsburgh) around the slab, then pour concrete for the foundation around the concrete slab currently in place. I would like to keep the current slab in place for the base floor.

I suppose I will need to pour the foundation instead of using block. What width of pour will I need?

In addition there is a 6" stepdown from the house to the slab. Could I raise the floor by putting down a treated wood frame? This way I can level,vaporbarrier treat and insulate below the subflooring.

As with all questions I would like to go into building inspectors office with some type of plan in my hand, not looking like the town dummy!


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Old 03-17-2010, 04:36 PM  
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ck w/your local code ossifer i think you might be able to ' pier ' supporting colums & meet their rqmts,,, far's raising the floor, that's what i did in my bsmt - work'd GREAT ! ! !

far's going TO them w/a plan, lettem ' help ' you 1st - they LOVE self-importance &, after all, you ARE paying their salaries !

relax - they already KNOW who's the ' town dummy! '
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