Front Porch & retainer wall replacement
I am buying a house in Ithaca NY and there is a little issue with the front porch and retainer wall that I'm trying to get ideas on. I've attached a picture so you can see what I'm talking about.
The retainer wall on the left of the garage door is leaning against the trim of the garage and not properly supporting the weight of the front porch. We'd like to excavate that area and place a door on the left side of the garage door.
That would completely remove that retainer wall and we would need to do something new with the porch.
I'd really like to place a concrete foundation at the same level as the driveway and have it retain the land on the left side of the porch. I'd likely wish to build wood stairs as they are easier to repair, don't crack, and aren't as slippery as concrete tends to be in the winter.
I've looked for pictures of similar ideas, but I fall short.
Any suggestions, tips, or ideas would be welcome.
Thanks in advance!