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Old 08-01-2012, 08:05 AM   #1
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Raising the Floor?!

Good Morning!

So I bought a house, and there is one section that is becoming my nightmare.
The previous owner finished HALF of the garage, making it a living room. But they just alid carpet over the concrete and the floor is slopping towards the driveway.
Currently, there is only 1 door to get in the house, and I would like to remove the bay window they put where the garage used to be, and make this an entrance. I would like to make 1/4 of this room a mud room.

Here are my Objectives:
  • The room is two steps down from the kitchen. I am putting hardwood in the kitchen, and would like to extend the wood floor at a level hieght into this garage room (for formal dining area).
  • Have the new room floored 3/4 of the way down the room
  • Create a new step down to the concrete level
  • Tile the new mudroom section (making sure it is level because of the slope)
Looking for any and all suggestions on how I can raise the floor? And how do I level the tile?

Looking forward to discussing my option! Thanks,


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Old 08-01-2012, 11:39 AM   #2
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I'm no expert, but I have two suggestions.
First, check to see if permits were pulled for the work, as well as what permits you may need.
Second, post pics here. We like pics, and people here are more likely to offer suggestions if they can see what they're talking about.


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I dont know about permit or anything, I will have to go to the town and look. I also can put some pictures up later today... I have them on my phone. Thanks!
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Not sure what your location is like for pulling permits. Some don't enforce much, others like here in Jax Beach....... they want a permit pulled if you fart.

I would check on all this first by talking to neighbors or calling the building dept.

My preference would to be to build a new floor to the height of the existing interior area of your house with substantial joist construction and a 3/4" subfloor.
I think a series of steps outside the relocated front door would look better than a couple of steps from the mudroom to the dining area you create.
A well featured entrance is much more pleasing and will not look like you enclosed your garage.
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