Ever step out onto your deck during the hot summer days or very cold winters and wish it had a roof? You have options! Converting a deck to a porch is often possible; it depends on a number of factors.
First, look up. Imagine a new porch on your house. Will its roof attach to a house wall or to a house roof? Are there any obstructions – like windows, vents in the wall or through the roof, power lines, or skylights? You may need to move these.
How high is your deck off the ground? Your new porch will likely require new footings and additional framing underneath. Is there space under your deck to install these? Six feet or more would be good; four feet or less could pose real problems for conventional sonotube footings. Can a man or machine get under your deck and dig the four foot deep holes your building code requires?
Next, look at your deck. Is it well-located for a porch? Is there an access door from the house? Will traffic flow smoothly from that room into the porch? A kitchen to porch path is appropriate for dining on the porch. A bedroom to porch transition rarely works well.
Is your deck the right size and shape for a porch? If your deck is too large, you could convert part into a porch and keep the remainder as a deck.
Then, look around. What shape does your house roof have now? Gables are very common; hip and shed roofs are less popular. How steep are the roof slopes? Matching the shape and pitch of existing roofs will help your new porch to blend in architecturally and not look “tacked-on.”
Your porch side walls will meet your house walls. Is there anything blocking those intersections? Existing windows, doors, vents, outlets, lights, etc. may affect where the porch walls can attach and will impact the porch.
If all this seems complicated, that’s because it is. Properly structuring a porch roof is complicated. It is important to speak with a professional porch builder like Steadfast Construction who will do all of this for you and propose what will be the best plan of action.
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