My entry is a no step entry that was poorly conceived by the previous owners. Here are my issues: - Entry door is inset into my home, behind my foundation wall. - I live on a slope, with a circle drive, so in heavy rains, the drive acts as a funnel for pushing water right in my front door. - The walkway outside of the house is barely sloped away, so in heavy rains it struggles to direct water away from the home. - Previous owners carved out 2-3 inches of the 2x8x12 16oc joists to lay a brick entry in the space between the door and exterior wall of the house. - water damage has severely compromised what remains of the joists.
What I've done so far: - I have done landscaping and installed a french drain which is tied into a new drain grate on my walkway(past doormat in pic) to prevent most of the water from making it to the house. I have not had water enter my house since, but haven't had a truly powerful thunderstorm yet, either.
Advice needed: - Should I remove the joists, flooring, bricks (between door and exterior wall), and install new joists and flooring? If so, how should I handle that section between the door and the ext. wall (approx 3'x4')? I could use the same basic concept, but substitute real bricks for tile bricks set in concrete, but I'm not sure if that is adequately water-resistant. OR - Should I leave the existing brickwork, sister 9' joists to the old ones, and build a load bearing wall in the basement to support the shorter joists? OR - I'm open to ideas.