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Framing/foundation question

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Hi guys,

here is the deal. I own an older split level home with walk out off the back 3.5 stories. I currently have a recently remodeled 4 season 12' w X 14' d second story porch. The porch is elevated and open underneath. I am considering duplicating the room on the ground level, basically foundation and frame and add an entrance from my basement into the new room.

Does anyone have any experience with this? What kind of things should I look out for. My basement is totally unfinished but adding this space would be the first step towards finishing part of the basement as well.

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If I'm following you correctly you want to put a basement, and framed wall under an existing 4 season porch. While I've done many jobs like it but with all of them the addition came later. One exception was putting a basement under my current home. While your project is small you'll be supporting the porch during the entire process. How you do that depends. Some contractors would jump at this job while others wouldn't touch it. I would look for a contractor that does a lot of remolding, those guys have seen it all and will know how to deal with your situation.

Everything else is pretty much straight forward.

I would add that you might consider a walkout if at all possible. That will mean drop footings but if your going to finish off the basement its well worth it.

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You hit the nail on the head. I am planning to install a patio door that will lead on to a patio. Supporting the porch during the construction was my primary concern.

Now I just have to find someone that will do it.


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