In this project, replacing a worn-out basement door with a new custom bulkhead gave us an opportunity to leave the customer with a nice-looking — and durable — entryway (1). We started by pouring a new curb, sized to match the new steel door. After squaring and leveling the forms, we drilled holes in the existing slab for rebar pins to tie in the new concrete (2), then poured and screeded the concrete. The raised curb (3) will keep water from the adjoining slab out of the entry well.

We capped the sidewalls with Koma PVC trim (4) and put multilayered flashings — both metal and rubber — at the top (5) to make sure any rainwater that blows in drains out onto the surface. We also installed the PVC trimboard across the top with a gap (6) so water can drain.

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