I have recently purchased a home in San Diego that has a 4ft x 4ft
concrete pad in the rear where the washer and dryer sit, uncovered. I
would like to tear out this pad, re-pour a larger one (10x20) and then
frame in a nice lanudry room / storage area. This structure would be
attached to the house, but without access from the inside.
I have done enough projects around the house, and followed the
Black&Decker home repair manuals enough to feel confident that I can
do a good job on the framing, roofing, siding, plumbing and electric.
I am a little shakey on pouring the concrete slab. I feel like I know
70% of what needs to be done to pour a decent foundation. I like to
know 100% how to do a job before I even buyt the supplies. I am
anxious to do this project myself. Where do I go to answer the little
questions that I have? Is there a book anyone would recommend, or an
Specifically, I am wondering, would a 6" slab do, or should I pour a
footing that stands a few inches above groundline, and then pour a
floor inside the footing? How much gravel is necessary underneath the
concrete? What is the best way to attach the framing to the concrete
given the size of the structure?