How to build a front porch?

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  1. designer

    designer Well-Known Member

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    I need a front porch on my doublewide mobile home. I was wondering if there are any alternative construction techniques that maybe cheaper or simpler then bricks/concrete pad with A-line roof. Even if that's the only way to go how do I do this myself? or where do I look for DIY help? I have checked local libray with no luck. I've looked online at books but most are all about decks, not covered porches. How would you start?
     
  2. Wolf mom

    Wolf mom Well-Known Member

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    I just googled "building covered porch"

    Here's 2 that sites look like a place to start:

    www.bobvila.com Building a covered porch

    www.hgtv.com adding a covered porch

    Home Depot & other places have Sunset Books a third alternative.

    Or place large flagstone pieces around/next to a nice shade tree.......
     

  3. BamaSpek

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    Well, I myself am no carpenter and will be doing the same thing this year. From my research I can say I will not by tying into the house alone. I will have 4x4 or 6x6 posts against the house and out where the porch ends to carry the load. Tying the rafters onto the mobile home can cause weight problems .

    Also consider the depth of the porch . We want at least 12' and with a sloped roof that will make the front lower than the back by a good amount...maybe too low for ceiling fans and standard doorway. You can make the deck lower than the doorway of the mobile home if up on blocks and have step down coming out the door. Lots of ways but think it through and have someone with experience look things over. Get permits if required.....but yes, I think it is a do it almost yourself project if you have to tools and time.
     
  4. ronbre

    ronbre Brenda Groth Supporter

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    we put in decks, covered porches and attached porches on our doublewide..all different..

    on the front we have an attached front porch, with the roof attached and shingled to match..it was put on posts set deep into the ground with proper footings..and the roof and deck were put on and attached to the posts..we now have put plexi on it to glass it in and a door..the back deck we put on was attached to the house..but the roof over was not..it floats on posts about 4" away from the house with it sitting on posts..the deck is built conventionally..well all the decks we have a lot of them.

    we are also enclosing the back porch but only for seasonal use..it isn't to be airtight..so it doesn't matter that the roof is not totally attached..we have flashing to keep water out under the eaves.

    ours is a doublewide..
     
  5. BamaSpek

    BamaSpek Well-Known Member

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    Do you have any pictures?
     
  6. ronbre

    ronbre Brenda Groth Supporter

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    i do but they are on my other computer..i'll try to remember to crank that one up sometime and post some..i'm on my laptop right now and don't store photos on here..just the pc
     
  7. ronbre

    ronbre Brenda Groth Supporter

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    here are a few photos:
    close up of front porch after we glassed it in, front porch was attached at roof and built on poles, originally open with just a deck floor, we needed the cold protection so we glassed it in with plexiglass and a 15 lite door.it gets really warm in there in winter and we open the door in summer for ventilation.

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    in winter before we had it entirely glassed in
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    this is a long view of the back porch as we were working on the roof, it is a backwards L shape with the long area on the left and the short area on the right..the long leg of the L is 24' and 8' wide and the short area is 8x8'..we used 2 salvaged glass sliding doors to block in ..one works on the left..other is taken apart and glas panels used..also we used plexi on the right and scraps of plexi on the rear around the salvaged large picture window.



    building back porch, partially glassed in
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    inside back porch partially glassed in. (lace to block sun temporarily)
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    we also have a large deck off of our laundry, that is not covered
     
  8. ronbre

    ronbre Brenda Groth Supporter

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    oops sorry the one photo..long one..didn't show so i will redo it here
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    this is the wider view of the back porch when we were working on the roof yet