Q. My son just bought a household in Northern California and desires to change the two-vehicle garage into office place, but the concrete slab/foundation is pitched for h2o runoff. He was explained to it was around ¼-inch for each working foot, and the garage is 14 by 20 feet. He thinks the improve in height is about 4 inches from entrance to again. The flooring is in exceptional affliction total, in accordance to the foundation inspector who not long ago evaluated it. The floor has a thin underlayment product with vinyl plank flooring on best, but the garage is not usable because of the tilt. My son advised me a chair on wheels would drift downhill, so he’s seeking for a fairly priced remedy to stage it off. Do you have a recommendation? He’s seeking for a permanent repair that will not elevate the in general flooring height a great deal additional than needed mainly because the ceiling is now small. A contractor advised utilizing high-compression cement. Is that a acceptable recommendation in your working experience? I examine about leveling compounds, but consider 4 inches may well be inquiring way too a great deal.
A. Instead than go with a masonry alternative (which could crack in the slender spots), you may possibly want to think about the adhering to: Slice 2-by-4-inch pressure-treated inventory on edge into tapered pieces from the widest aspect down to on the other stop. Use them 12 inches on centre, then use a ¾-inch underlayment and, over that, a ¼-inch laminate wood ground. You would shed 1 inch in ceiling height at the superior conclude but have a strong, great-hunting, and level flooring.
Q. Our residence was designed in 1808. It has its unique chimney stack, a few flues, and three hearths. For security, I want to line the chimney, if possible with versatile steel flue liners. The chimney specialist informed me that is not doable without the need of creating the fireboxes smaller sized. I do not want to rework the hearths/fireboxes they are primary to the property. Can you propose a answer?
M.S., Vineyard Haven
A. Operating with previous chimneys and fireboxes is often a obstacle. We employed to have a chimney division exactly where I get the job done, and we would under no circumstances advocate for the installation of a metallic liner in a wooden-burning fireplace. The two very best choices are masonry: a solid-in-area chimney lining or a sprayed-in-put relining. The forged-in-put selection will probably involve you to make a choice and sacrifice a single of the fireplaces in purchase to manage a significant more than enough flue. The relining method doesn’t just take up as substantially place in the present flues and could do the job well. There are code troubles relating to hearth size, so possibly way you go, check with a number of competent installers.
Mark Philben is the venture development supervisor at Charlie Allen Renovations in Cambridge. Ship your questions to [email protected]. Issues are topic to editing. Subscribe to the Globe’s cost-free true estate newsletter — our weekly digest on getting, offering, and style — at web pages.e-mail.bostonglobe.com/AddressSignUp. Abide by us on Fb, Instagram, and Twitter @globehomes.