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bgagnon127 01-15-2013 08:43 PM

Closing up Garage Door - Do I Need a Footing?
Hi All,
I live in Rhode Island and have an attached garage. I'm closing up the garage door and putting in a window and normal exterior door instead. My question is regarding the area where the new wall will sit. Currently its pavement from the driveway. I'd like to cut out the pavement and poor a small footer of concrete the but up against the slab floor and act as a surface for the wall to sit on.

How deep do I need to make this go down? It's an existing structure and is also a gable end, so does it need to be the typical 48" a foundation or other footing would need to? Hope not!

joecaption 01-15-2013 08:50 PM

Got a picture? Any garage I've ever build had fooring all the way around the whole building.

bgagnon127 01-15-2013 09:05 PM

Here's a rough sketch

oh'mike 01-15-2013 09:11 PM

That should already have a footing --how old is the house?
Footing all around an attached garage have been required for a long time--

jomama45 01-15-2013 09:21 PM

Agreed, the foundation wall should already carry through underneath the driveway. It's not typical to have the driveway extend into the garage that far, but it is done at times for various reasons. If you remove that small section of driveway, you should find foundation underneath, and then you can pour a concrete patch over that. An elevated curb, up to the height of the existing concrete/block curb (assuming it has one) would be a good idea as well........

bgagnon127 01-15-2013 10:00 PM

The House Was Built in 1956
Well here's to hoping that it does have the foundation underneath. Easy enough to find out. Thanks guys!

747 01-15-2013 10:59 PM

I have a one car attached garage on my house. I turned it into a den. I just hired a carpenter and had him install a entry door with flanking transom(i don't think this is what there called.) An entry door with thin windows on both sides. Custom ordered. No digging necessary. Just bolted down to concrete. Not before he did a few things here and there for proper install. This was several years ago.

GBrackins 01-25-2013 07:11 AM

it may be a little late, here are the requirements in Rhode Island:

Building Code for One- and Two-Family Dwelling RI Amendments

2009 International Residential Code

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