Waterproofing/setting elevation vs. grade
This feels like a stupid question but just to make sure I’m not missing something obvious here.
New construction, I’ll have a full basement. Typical framing would sit my 12″ ground floor joists on my plate on my wall. If I want a min. of say 8″ of concrete above grade that puts me close to 2ft above grade. This means at least 3 or 4 steps in. I can live with that at the main entrance. At the rear I’ll have a patio (pavers on base) – It would be nice to not go down/up 3-4 steps to the patio and I see lots of patios flush or down one step.
After inquiring I’ve got on architect that says they just run the basement wall waterproofing up and cover the sheathing and plates to do a flush patio. This feels like a tremendous amount of faith in the watererproofing to me.
The only other option I can think of is that at the one patio wall we bring the top of concrete wall high to match top of joist, then put our plate directly on the wall thus getting an extra ~12″ of concrete and maybe save a step or two.
Anything I’m missing here as to a typical way to do this?
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