My wife, Sarah, wanted the front door to be located on the side of the house shown in the first pictures, so, we removed a window and framed in a new front door expecting to build a front porch to go with it. Jump forward a year later, and she is finally getting her front porch. This is obviously a very small glimpse into all that went into building this structure, so for the complete instructions on how we built it, click on this link: How to Build a Deck or Porch with a Roof. So, without further explaining, let’s get started!
We knew we wanted the porch to be roughly 10′ by 24′ with, after much deliberating, a roof that would reach almost to the peak of the house. After drawing up the basic plans, building a material list, building a budget, and making sure there was nothing buried where we would be building, the work began. We first used the box blade to slope the area slightly away from our home for water runoff.
After laying out the post hole locations, we drilled the holes and set all the posts with concrete.
Using 2″ x 12″ 24′ boards, we framed the first three posts together. The make shift harness worked well for hoisting the upper board into place with only two guys.
We measured the remaining post locations, dug the holes, and filled them with concrete. It helps to have a son that can steady the auger (drill) when making the holes.
Now it is on to framing…