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From Foundations to Roofs and MoreKnowing how to build a porch can save money no matter if you are doing it yourself or hiring a contractor. A new or remodeled front porch not only adds value to your home but also lots of curb appeal as well.
Porch construction is fairly straight forward; however, it pays to understand how the different components are installed and the many options you have.
We'll show you what is involved and offer tips and ideas for every facet of your building project (and some you may not have previously considered too).
Most DIYers with solid carpentry skills can build a front porch. Our porch building guides walk you through the process and we even help you assess your skills.
If you would like to consult with or hire a professional, use our handy form to get free estimates from local contractors.
Video: How to Build a Porch in a MinuteOur son's porch on his former home was torn down and rebuilt. Here's a video that Dave put together showing you the process from beginning to end - in just over a minute!
How to Build a Porch DirectoryOur "How to Build a Porch" guides below show you the basic steps and give you important factors you need to consider when building along with tips and ideas to make it easier.
I've tried to arrange them (or group them) in order of a typical construction porch project. These may vary based on your specific building requirements.
Important Safety Notes for How to Build a PorchBecause every home and porch are different, it's not possible to cover every situation; however, the processes are much the same. Using ladders and power tools is inherently dangerous; take all necessary precautions according to manufacturers instructions along with a good dose of common sense.
Because each construction project is different, the information provided on our site is for informational purposes only and should not to be used for actual construction.
We highly recommend you access our Safety Section for more information.
Foundation and Porch Flooring Options
Construct Solid Porch Foundations
Porches and decks need solid foundations upon which to build. See construction processes, diagrams, photos, repair methods, and podcasts....
Build Your Porch Floor to Last
See how porch floors are constructed from the beam to joists, bridging, and your selected porch floor material. Learn about an amazing porch floor option too!
Porch Flooring Construction Tutorial
We offer a written and audio tutorial for installing your porch flooring: foundation issues to the final touches.
Flash It to Protect It
Not all porches need ledger flashing; however, most should and flashing on decks is a must. It can be easy!
Porch Decking Material Options
Find the perfect porch flooring material for your porch or deck. You'll be surprised at just how many options you may have.
How to Build a Porch / Deck
See how a porch or deck foundation and flooring is constructed: from installing the foundation to laying out and cutting stringers for your porch steps.
How to Build a Porch Roof
Narrative of shed-style and truss-style roof construction, from installing the rafter plate to setting your beam and rafters. Calculate rise and run. Explore porch construction books.
Porch Roof Construction Ideas
Aspects of roof construction and material selection along with metal roof ideas (popular!). Excellent information for anyone contemplating building a porch roof.
Know Your Porch Electrical Options
Wire your porch to make it not only inviting, but also functional for electrical needs you will have: holiday lights, lamps, vacuum, music ...
Porch Column Construction Options
Learn porch column placement, design and style options, material selection, trim options, curb appeal ideas, load bearing issues, ventilation, structural and non-structural columns, wraps
Porch Railings and Kneewall Options
From railing photo galleries to design options, select the right style and material before your build as it may affect your overall porch design.
Porch Hand Rails
We explain building codes and options for outdoor hand rails along with a myriad of design options you should see...
Building Front Porch Steps
See how porch steps are constructed, how to lay out the stringers, and calculate the number of...
Install Your Front Porch Ceiling
How one couple installed bead board paneling on their front porch - good ideas for finishing off your porch.
Selecting The Right Porch Paint
Using the right porch paint helps protect your investment and adds lovely color ...
Porch or Deck Skirting Options
Learn more about your porch skirting options, how to install it properly ...
Custom Vinyl Lattice Panels
Use these no-maintenance vinyl lattice panels for porch skirting. They won't rot or decay like...
Add Exterior House Trim
Select and install exterior trim to your porch for added curb appeal and...
Build a Wheelchair Ramp
Find information for building wheel chair ramps for your porch or deck...
Exterior Front Doors
Find styles and options for your porch's front door....
Don't Forget Your Building Permits
Building permits protect both your property and your friends and family. Don't neglect this important step.
Choose the Right Contractor
We ask a professional contractor what you need to know when hiring someone else to do the work. Protect yourself...
Porch Construction Safety
Learn what you need to do to make your porch safe for family and friends....
How to Build a Porch - Project Directory
Add Porch Windows
Check out how easy it is to build a screen porch enclosure.
Solve a Lawn Drainage Problem
Here's a possible solution to a lawn drainage problem...
Install Landscape Lighting
Create curb appeal with landscape lighting around your porch and steps.
Renovate an Older Home's Porch
We walk your through an old home renovation project - see how it is done.
DIY Porch Projects
From pillows to furniture to painting rugs, stepping stones and landscaping tips
Tricia's New Front Porch
See Tricia's new front porch addition and the curb appeal it produced!
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Discover Our Front Porch Design
If building or remodeling a porch is on your to-do list, we recommend you listen to our audio program and get tips from building experts.
More Fantastic Porch IdeasFront Porch Designs Section
See a myiad of front porch designs options, from country to contemporary and more...
Amazing ideas for furnishing your porch with comfortable and appealing outdoor furniture...
More Porch Features
See a myriad of porch features- you'll be amazed at the what we have for you!
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