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Old 08-15-2008, 09:40 AM
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Bought a fixer upper. The kitchen floor is slanted. Not enough room to build a frame and then a subfloor. Is there an easier way to make it level without building it up so high?

The bathroom floor is really slanted. The tub is at the bottom of the slant but is level. It was build on a back porch. We dont really have help from someone who knows what they are doing and need to get it done asap. But want to do it right.

Can anyone help?
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Old 08-15-2008, 05:03 PM
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Is the room on a slab (concrete) or is it framed (wood)? If it is wood is the existing wooden decking solid?
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:55 PM
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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what's on the kitchen floor? Linolium, or ceramic or what? what kind of floor do you want to put down? Is there a basement? Concrete slab or wooden pier and beam?
Your getting more questions than answers, but sometimes more info is needed to come up with a suggestion.
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Old 08-16-2008, 06:07 AM
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Are we talking about a 1/4" slope or a 2" slope? If it's on the low end, you can get some self-leveling concrete mixtures to level everything off. If it's over an inch or so, it'll get kind of expensive to do that though.
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Old 08-16-2008, 08:57 PM
Location: Houston, Texas
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You didn't give enough information. The way you are saying slanted I doubt you have a slab. Slabs dont slant or sink normally. If you have some kind of piers or pilings that are sinking, now that can cause the room to slant. The other thing is to stop drinking.....just kidding.

I cant even begin to answer your question without more information.
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Old 08-17-2008, 11:30 AM
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Default Yep, not enough information......

Like most of the posts here that discuss uneven floors there is not enough information to start to have a clue what is really happening or how to start to correct it.

In general you want a very good idea of how the particular house is constructed and what might be the underlying cause in a particular individual case. Not all cases are the same.

Such as is it caused by:

1. Original construction errors and it was built defective.

2. Due to settling of some type.

3. Some other strange causes like being built with non kiln dried lumber and the shrinkage was not even., rotting framing, bug damage, etc.

One other thing to pay attention too is the uneven floor is only the tip of the problem. You find this a lot were there has been a type of settling due to rotting sills. The sill rot is usually associated with a moisture problem, which is caused by some type of leakage path. It can be compounded by lil bugs like termites / carpenter ants. If the problem is caused by foundation / piers settling that can be another entire can of worms. Plus with settling type problems you want to understand exactly where the settling occurred. Outside walls are worse than interior support columns.

So you have to understand the entire range of what is going on. How much in terms of amount is the uneven problem and how much floor area is affected. The fix is usually dictated by the cause.

If it is rotting sills, the problem will be corrected by replacing the sills, if it is caused by the framing, you may be able to correct it by the correct jacking / shimming if possible. It will be different depending on type of construction, basement or not.

Uneven floors can be corrected but that might cause another problem set, especially if the original construction was defective, things like how doors, windows, etc are effected

I've done a number of such projects, the worse one the floor was out of level 6 inches in one room side to side. In some of these type projects the contractor is a fool to give a fixed price. Things happen like a cascading type problem, you keep finding more problems as things get opened up. Very common in rotted sill type problems. The underlying problem can also have progressed further up into the walls, on and on.

Reading between the lines, it seems the OP may have a problem where a porch was converted into a interior living space. The porch supports may have settled and be the underlying cause. Common type problem, some porches may have even been built with a slight slope outward as a water shedding measure.

So it is first fully understand the scope of the problem. Attempt to fully understand the underlying causes. Then determine what type of approaches might give a correction solution. There is no one size fits all situations, it is so individual situation specific.
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