Adding a small porch to any property will both add value to it and serve a variety of practical purposes too. Depending on the climate where you live, for many people these days adding a small porch is a simple and effective way of providing shade to sit under or alternatively an extra layer of weather proofing and insulation to a property.
So, if you live in a warm and sunny climate you will probably be considering adding an open porch; whereas if you live in an area of less clement weather you’ll probably be adding a small porch that is enclosed by glass, timber or possibly even brick.
Adding Decking Ready for Small Porches
Adding a small porch to an existing property is a relatively straight forward job for the DIY/home enthusiast. If the main entry door to the property on which you’re going to add the small porch to is raised above the level of your drive or garden, then the first thing to do is to add an area of decking so that you can step straight out of your home and be under the cover of the porch, without having to negotiate any steps.
You can read in more detail regarding constructing a decking area but, essentially you need to fit a timber wall joist along the length of the wall that the decking will adjoin to and then fix posts no more than four foot apart, to support the other joists on which the decking will be fitted.
When considering the layout and design of the decking, don’t forget that you also need to add posts along the outer edge of the decking to support the porch roof. This means either using outer decking posts that are tall enough to fit the roof on or constructing a decking area that roof supporting posts can be fitted on to.
Also, regarding the roof and designing the decking, don’t be tempted to have the decking area go to deeply away from the wall of the property – as you might need to add supporting posts in the middle of the decking for the roof. Having got the decking in place -don’t forget you’ll need to rebuild some steps from this decking area back down to earth level.
Adding a Roof
Depending on your DIY skill level you can add a single pitched roof from the wall of the property extending just over the edge of the decking or you could more simply add a flat roof. A flat roof is a lot simpler and quicker to do requiring only insulation and layers of something like EPDM synthetic felt above the roof boards.
However, if you have the time a pitched roof with shingles made from a material sympathetic to the other materials used in the property and porch will look much better.
If you have an open porch then rather than just leaving the whole thing ‘open’, especially if children are likely to be using it, why not add balustrades around it to give it both that enclosed and homely feeling.
If you are constructing a closed porch then it really is a question of personal taste as to whether you fit floor to roof glass window enclosures, or add a timber or plastic paneling up to a height of three to four foot with glass windows above it.
Of course, if the decking or foundation on which the porch has been added is good enough, you could alternatively add layers of brickwork for the glass panels to be fitted on to. Finally, add a few plants, perhaps some wind chimes and that favorite rocking chair.