my wife has always wanted a house with a big front porch to sit out on. for the past 20years, i kicked the can down the road and promised her i would build her a big front porch, next year.
decided to try to get it done before the snow flies this year. got plans approved by city in late september and started work in october, so i know i gotta hustle, and …. pray for good weather. (we were very lucky this year to have had a very long dry fall and non existent early winter. snows held off just long enough for me to get this project completed. but it was not pleasant working hammering nails putting up trim in the midwest in december!
i live in the snow belt in ohio, just south east of lake erie …. meaning we get some mean lake effect snows that really worried me about starting so late.
used google sketchup to design the porch. it runs 44 feet across the front of the house and the deck extends out 9 feet wrapping around the contour of the front of the house, with a 4/12 roof pitch, 6” porch posts, 2×12 deck joists, 2×8 rafters and 18” overhangs.
house before porch
working on the 12” post hole footers and deck. total length was 44’ and comes out 9’ from house.
decking was all treated wood.
ran into big problems above as i hit the gutter drains which were routed in trench 9’ out from the foundation of the house. guess how far my post hole foundation was from the house? every post hole went thru the gutter drain, forcing me to get a dig a new gutter drain an additional 3ft out from post holes.
getting some emotional support with the step footers
as soon as i got the decking done, my wife was so excited she put her porch furniture out on it! ... which was a bit of a pain negotiating around, but made me realize how much she really appreciated this project. she would sit outside on the porch in november and december (in ohio!) drinking her coffee on the porch she loved it so much.
porch pretty well completed with trim and porch skirting
after a long day with my helpers snoozing in front of the fire in the fireplace.
now it can snow all it wants