Northern Iowa...So wife wants to attach house to garage, 7'x16'. Brick house. Plan to set posts 7' out from house and run joists from beam to ledger boards. Problem is, I only have 7 to 11 inches between floor level of back door and ground/sidewalk. I can sandwich 2/3 2x4s to make joists but with the beam, flooring, joists, etc. I am getting pretty close to the ground. Will use ground contact lumber and regular treated where needed, but need some ideas on how to mitigate any moisture in such a small area, How to insulate the walls or floor....or any other ideas...\nThanks!