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 Author: Barbara Fleming
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:55 pm 
We have a 1940's house with a single car garage that had been roughly converted to an office before we bought it. Now we're trying to make it really nice. Most of the problems have found solutions, but the floor still stumps us. The space is 18' x 8.5' (was a single car garage) and the cement floor is about 2.5" lower in front than in back. It's also not level side to side, but we haven't measured that. The back to front drop is obviously for drainage; no clue why the side to side difference. We'd like to level it by just pouring more concrete on top of the existing concrete and letting it self-level. I'm oversimplifying but that's the idea. A stone foundation runs from front to back on both sides and of course we would have to raise the entry door (a normal exterior door) at the front. Over the years we've been discouraged from doing this but I'm not clear anymore whether there is a structural reason not to do this or just because it would be a hassle and probably expensive, and would not have been worth it to the various people we've informally consulted. Advice or suggestions (including recommendations on contractors we might contact about this) would be much appreciated.


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 Author: cherokeewoman
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:12 am 
Barbara
I have run across this same problem on many homes where garage has been converted
You might try (shown to work in several cases) building wooden frame with 2x6 at lowest
level and 2x4 at highest level (top and bottom) as you run joist across build up sides accordingly
use OSB or CDX as subfloor and then lay laminate floor on top (sturdy and beautiful) before you
start anything lay vapor barrier over cement (just a precaution). Pouring new cement is cost
prohibitive and may or may not work (depends on how good the person you get to do it is) things
dry here so fast cement has tendency to crack and then you have whole new set of problems.


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 Author: EGGreen
PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:45 pm 
For what it's worth, I'm no 'professional', however. . .
I bought a ("real" fixer-upper)cinder block house which was built on 3 slabs, one of which tipped south, and the one corner of it tipped east. Quite a bit. For flooring, I mixed and poured self leveling cement, with about a 1/2 gal of elasto- something or other I got at Foxworth, to keep it from cracking when it dried. It took quite a lot of 5 gal pails of self leveling cement/mix. I would dump a pail full in each corner, let it dry completely, then do it again, and again-- My floor was really bad. . . but, I finally got 'er done! 7 buckets in 1 corner, 5 in another, and then I don't know how many all inbetween. On top of that went the compressed vapor barrier stuff, then laminate flooring! It looks good. Has been good for the past 7 years, so, just tossing these "how I did it" ideas out there. Good luck!!

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