I live in Ohio in a home built in 1926. I do not believe the front porch is that old. The porch is L shape, wrapping around the house and is 24 X 8' in the front extending another 14' back, with same 8' foot depth. Attached you will find pictures that may help you answer the question. The porch is supported by 2 X 10's that are 22 inches apart. The foundation of the porch is red brick that is caving in backwards.
It appears that the entire foundation of the porch is supported by the brick with the joists resting on the corners and a few spots along the porch. Last year I received an estimate to fix the problem with a price tag of $7000. No thanks, I want to do this myself. I am trying to figure out what I need to do to lift and support the existing porch.
The frost line in Ohio is 30". Also I am planning on removing the existing decking and replace it so I can have total access to the porch which has about 3' of room underneath.
Do I need to dig and pour concrete on each cross joist, can I use a preformed concrete support, can I use a jack to lift into place, etc.? Attached you will find some pictures that may help. Thanks everyone!!
- Right side of porch that is secure
- Porch floor
- Porch resting on brick
- Front left of porch showing joists resting on bricks and an apparent repair
- Image of a column of concrete block that does not support anything and apparently an old poured footer