Brick foundation for porch.

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Brick foundation for porch.

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I am wanting to build an attached screen porch to the back of my house. The back already has a porch that runs the length of the house and is 8 feet wide from house wall to edge of porch. The new porch will be 12x20. The foundation is on a slope so the new porch foundation would be 3' high to 1' high left to right. I was contemplating a wood deck foundation but I think the brick tied into the exsisting foundation would look better. I have a few questions.

1 I am a pretty decent DYI'er and I have built a deck and porch before as numerous other projects like tile and building a room inside my house. Would laying brick something that I could do or is it best left to a brick mason?

2. Any good how to books or dvd's?

3. What could I expect to pay to have the brick foundation laid by someone?

4. The floor will still be wood decking so All I need is the brick done and I am assuming that would be 2 12' walls tied together with a front of 20'. The back wall would be the exsisting foundation wouldn't it??

Iam located in South Carolina if that makes a difference in cost.

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Wade
 
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Old 02-02-13, 04:56 AM
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First, brick aren't used for foundations. Bricks are veneered in most instances. If you are on a slope you may find that the building department will require a continuous footing rather than sonotube footings spaced out. We live in the mountains and must provide 24" deep and 12" wide footings for even decks here. You'll probably be the same if you are in the Piedmont. Once you have the footing figured in, you would want to lay in 12" concrete block for a foundation. Now, that part you may want to consider contracting out, as it can be a real DIY headache. Then take over from the foundation up.
 
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Thanks Chandler!! Yes I was planning on the concrete and the block I had juste not looked into all the how too's yet. I love doing things myself and absolutely hate paying someone too. But this is a job I think I need to think long and hard about before doing it myself.

Do you have any idea what someone would charge for this? I have 2 brick masons in my neighborhood. I know them just from saying hello in passing so I definately wouldn't expect a friends and family discount. I just need an idea of what to expect. Then I can compare that with the cost of a wood foundation deck

Thanks for the input on figuring out the pitch!! I have not been able to get on here this past week to respond. I think I am understanding it. BUT KEEP CHECKING THEFORUM!! I will be looking for you with questions.... :-)

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Old 02-02-13, 05:38 AM
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I'm not sure you would benefit by a continuous concrete block foundation. It may fit into your design, but if it is just a porch, you could consider using "deck" construction methods, ie. 6x6's set on post bases in your continuous footing, then constructing the porch floor and roof around that.

I have no idea about labor costs on something like that, but your mason neighbors may can either give you an idea or shock you into the deck building idea.
 
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If you want to tie it in with the brick on your house you could still build it like a regular deck but wrap the posts with brick and the install lattice between the brick columns.
 
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Hmmmm. That is interesting idea. I know I can incase the posts myself and this would still give me the match with my house foundation. Thanks for the idea!!

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