Low foundation blues
I’m renovating a 100 year old home in southern California (zip 92870). The home has a crawlspace and the floor joists/sill plate sit on top of the stem wall. My problem is that the level of the ground is at to 1″ above the sill plate. The house is stucco clad. There was no weep screed placed, rather the stucco was continued down over the stem wall.
To top it all off we have moderately expansive soil for which I will be putting in perimeter drains.
Do you have any detailing advice that would allow me to keep the ground level at the base of the house where it is (or 1-2 inches below the sill plate)?
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