We have recently moved into a house which has, what are now finding out, a few odd or bodged jobs. Ok so maybe more than a few. I have found it has been built on top of the old council home outdoor step (usually painted red bricks and a concrete porch roof. Is this normal or should I be worried? The next door neighbours step looks solid enough assuming ours is the same, it only extends 3ft out from the rest of the house so there isn't a massive weight bearing down on it.. Has anyone ever come across this before and has it been ok?
Also, there is a bit of moisture getting in somewhere at the base. I'm guessing that maybe the step itself is allowing moisture up through it or maybe between the porch wall and the old step. Would water proofing the whole floor be a sensible option, I assume waterproofing the floor from wall to wall would have the desired effect?
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.