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Podcast 3: How to Extend a Small Porch or Portico

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Porch Ideas Network Podcast Logo Mary and Dave, founders of Front Porch Ideas and More Dave and I are bring you tips to expand your existing small porch or portico and we help you overcome challenges that might be getting in your way.


A fine example of adding a patio to extend your porch

A great example of one way to extend your small porch for more outdoor living




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Program Notes: How to Extend a Small Porch or Portico



Listen to our Podcast about extending your small porch or portico. Mary and Dave host the show and give several helpful options and ideas to you.


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    What are some reasons that prevent people from having a porch?

  • Architecture - specifically adjoining roofs or low sloping roofs (codes/window placement)

  • Placement of 2nd story windows

  • Code or HOA rules

  • Cost



  • What options do homeowners have?

    More than you might think, even if you are faced with any of the restrictions just described.

  • Build a new porch like our son and daughter-in-love did. You must consider such things as cost, space, roof pitch, window placement of 2nd story windows. You probably will need professional guidance.


  • Add to your existing porch like our friend, Jami did. They converted their garage to living space and then extended their existing porch to go across their new addition as well. Again, same considerations as above including that we always recommend getting professional advice.


    What other options might someone choose when space, cost, or codes are an issue?

  • Add a patio porch which can be less expensive than other options. You can make it as elaborate or as simple as you like. It can be a DIY project.



  • A great example of a patio extension to an existing porch



    What are some considerations when constructing a patio-style porch?

  • Location: find a suitable area for the patio porch. In front or to the side or your existing porch.

  • You may have to relocate landscaping. You may need to remove large shrubs.

  • Relatively flat areas works best. If you have a slope, you may need a retaining wall

  • Determine the size of area you need or want. Will it be just for relaxing? What kind of furniture would you like to have there? Will it be for one or two people or more?

  • Determine your true purpose. Are you simply wanting to add curb appeal to your home or do you want functionality? Or both?

  • Determine how you will access your new patio area. Would you use steps from your existing porch or portico? Will you need a new walkway?

  • Do you want your patio area to be covered or uncovered? If uncovered, this may fall in the category of a DIY project if you have some carpentry skills. If you plan a pergola-style roof or want to extend your home's roof, we suggest hiring a professional to assist you with that.

  • What materials would you like to use? pavers, cement pad, brick, stone, ground cover for a natural look, combination?



  • How hard is it to construct a patio porch?

    It is a great DIY project with the exception of the roof (pergola or attached). You will need basic tools and to layout your area.

  • Remove the landscape/grass. Depending on the material you may need to dig down 3-4 inches for sand base

  • Build stand alone pergola roof or attach to house

  • Roof extension probably requires expert



  • Since a patio porch is out in the open, how can you create a sense of privacy?

  • Best way is through landscape

  • Hardscape ideas

  • Create a sense of intrigue - what is behind that?



  • A wonderful example of a patio porch that is covered with a pergola style roof



    What kind of furniture?

    Same as you would place on your porch: Bistro table chairs, outdoor lamps, porch swing / glider, hanging baskets and amenities

    To summarize, there are numerous ways you can extend your porch space to enjoy your outdoor time even more and add charming appeal to your home.


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This is a basic ranch with a small portico / stoop



How a patio can extend your small porch
Now take a look at one way the outdoor living space could be expanded.



Visit our Porch Illustrator to see how a basic ranch home or a two story home can look with different styles and sizes of porches.

Just by clicking through our simple slide show, you can see how the house can be transformed right before your eyes. We hope it inspires ideas for your porch.



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