Workshop Build #23: The Front Porch

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 08-11-2010 05:42 AM 3231 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a sketch I made a few years ago before the building of our workshop/garage:


Now, how to get that front porch on there? We had two large cement post holders put 13 feet apart when we did the garage pour. These have saddles set into them to hold 6” x 6” posts. We wanted the porch roof to have the same slope as the whole roof, so we had to figure out the length the posts would need to be to make the roof come at the right location above the door and light.

We are only 5’ out from the front of the building, so need to run horizontal supports that distance to the front wall. We also decided to put a 2” x 6” horizontally attached to the front and one to the back of the 6” x 6” posts.

The roof rafters will meet at a center ridge and have a slight notch (bird’s mouth) cut to sit on the side pieces. We used a temporary ridge support to aid in construction.

The ends of the rafters are covered with a fascia board.

Of course both sides were done to match:

Wolmanized plywood was added to the top, which will be covered with the same green steel roofing used for the garage/workshop:

It was my job to make the design on the front:

Looks pretty much like the original sketch!

Now, we need to finish up some of the strapping and order the siding.

... to be continued…

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 06:26 AM

Hi there,
This nice sketch helps to any people who want to build houses and workshop. Can you provide me some other type of sketch that are differ from these one?
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#2 posted 08-11-2010 06:44 AM

What a great looking shop you have got to be dying to get it all done and setup. It looks very close to the drawing. I am all envious now.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 07:15 AM

As I said before, SWEET! And I am still jealous!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 02:42 PM

I’m drooling here Julie, a stand alone shop is every LJ’s dream…You are living the dream, enjoy and stay safe…Blkcherry

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 04:04 PM

stunning! you did that on your own! :D it’s not often the original sketch resembles the final outcome, good job!

gives me a lot of inspiration. thanks for sharing, look forward to following this project :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#6 posted 08-16-2010 04:47 AM

Hey Julie,

Something wrong is happening.
Outcome is exactly the same as the sketch. You still have time to mess it up. !!

Every once and then I also need to tackle such kind of heavy and hard work.

Great looking , splendid job

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 08-16-2010 05:08 AM

That looks good.

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#8 posted 02-16-2012 04:14 AM

Such an inspiration. Did you draw that (pen and paper) or was that done with Goggle Sketch-up? I can not draw to save my life, and have down loaded Sketch up but have yet to figure that program out

-- Harold

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