I am attempting to help out a friend with pretty severe entryway issues. The interior design of the house is great, but I really don't know what they were thinking when they built the exterior.
Ok, here we go. Main entrance to house is on second floor, and is reached via an exterior stairway, attached to front of house. Garage door is directly below main entrance. There is no protection from the elements on this front door, as the soffit extends perhaps two inches off the front of the house, and that's over the third floor.
But wait, that's not all. The platform at the top of the exterior stairs for the front door is framed onto two beams that were extended from inside the house, even with the first floor joists. Of course, there is no flashing where the vinyl siding meets the framing for the platform. Sheer genius.
Well, my friend notices that the sheetrock on the garage ceiling is stained, rips it down, and disovers that water has been seeping into this area for years. The worst damage is directly under the door, and it looks as though the ends of the floor joists have rotted, but also the top plate for the exterior wall, complete with insect invasion.
Now I did about three years of construction/remodeling work in my twenties, so I understand how all these pieces fit together, and of it were a case of simply fixing the floor joists, I would have no problem. However, it looks as though we're going to have to build a temporary support wall to take the load while we replace the top plate, and I am not sure how to go about that for a three story house.
Normally, I wouldn't have gotten involved further than recommending a good contractor, but my buddy is in the midst of some financial woes, and can't afford to hire anybody. What I'd really like is a time machine, so I could advise him to NOT buy this house. Yikes!
I know this is a pretty involved scenario, and will answer any questions I can as to the particulars of the construction. Looks like the double top plate for the first floor wall, the ends of 4-6 joists, and the sole plate for the second floor may also be affected.
Any comments or suggestions welcome.