Posted by Paul on February 17, 2004 at 13:20:01:
In Reply to: garage conversion posted by long island on February 16, 2004 at 04:44:00:
I agree with all the previous post. But would suggest after you determine if the slab at the existing garage door oppening has a frost wall. Would be to plan to put at least 1 row of CMU at the opening to elevate the criplewall framing at least 8 inches. To ensure that course of block stays put I would hammerdrill into the slab every 2 feet to allow some vertical rebar to extend up into the new course and fill the block cores at the rebar. Ventilating the new crawlspace is a good idea. You need to provide some way to access the crawl space. Either from the existing basement if there is one, or from the outside if you don't mind seeing sometype of access door. Also you can have a trap door in the new space if there is a closet availble to put it in. Residential code requires it to be certain minimum dimensions. I would plan on making 24x30 inches.
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