Last week we started work on a West Side Northfield porch expansion. The work involved demolition of the existing small front porch on the home. We salvaged several items, including the porch columns, for reusing in the new porch. The new porch will have a full basement underneath it. This is being done to get good support for the porch, but also to provide nice dry storage for the owners. The old porch had started to tilt significantly and we discovered why. The porch was not original to the house and it was supported by fairly weak foundation columns. The footings at those columns were too small, allowing the columns to sink into the soil.
The new porch footings are properly sized and reinforced so the new porch will stand straight and true for decades to come.