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Podcast 9: Porch Ideas For Mobile Homes

With Guest Bradley Johns Of Ready DecksĀ®



Porch Ideas Network Podcast Logo Ready Decks logo We are excited to interview Bradley Johns, to talk about affordable porch ideas for mobile homes (and traditional homes, for that matter!). Brad is the creator and owner of Ready Decks Franchise Systems out of West Monroe, Louisiana.

Bradley started Ready Decks in 2001 and has built over 9,000 decks and porches company-wide, which is absolutely amazing. Bradley is an expert in building porches for mobile or manufactured homes and he also builds porches for traditional stick-built homes.

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We welcome Brad to our show today to talk about porch ideas for mobile homes.





We welcome Bradley to our show to talk about affordable porch ideas for mobile homes - and for that matter, for any home.


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Program Notes:
Affordable Porch Designs for
Mobile Homes and Traditional Homes



Bradley Johns of Ready Decks tells us how he builds affordable porches and decks. They are suited for both mobile homes as well as traditional homes. Bradley has developed systems for not only porches and decks, but also stairs and ramps. Listen to our informative discussion to get ideas for your own porch!



To hear the full program, please listen to our discussion.


Bradley built his business based on providing high quality porches and decks for the average working person. His expertise in building porches, decks, and other stand-alone structures makes him a sought after source for understanding what is involved, and what is special, about building structures for manufactured homes, mobile homes and tradition stick-built homes.


Here are topics Brad addressed on our show:

  • Attaching a deck or new porch to a manufactured home


  • Do you need footings and piers?


  • The location of the steps is critical to the functionality of a porch


  • Incorporating ramps in the overall porch design


  • Screen porch options- what you need to know.


  • Explore your deck flooring options




Excerpts With Bradley Johns



Regarding Accessibility: "The code is for every inch off of the ground you need one foot of ramp. So you would start by checking the distance from your threshold of your door to the ground. Then you want to design your porch as to how it is going to sit and where do you want the end of this ramp to be. Often people are trying to get as close to their vehicle."



On Building: "You want to build a self-supporting structure. You can attach the structure to the home so there's no independent movements between the two to allow for proper flashing. However, you don't want the weight hanging under that manufactured home."



On Designing: "For example, you may have a natural walkway to your front door. If you center your porch and your steps, you are going to cut that porch totally in half. You may have a 4 foot swath down the middle of that porch if you have 16 foot wide porch. You just reduced your porch to six feet on one side and six feet on the other."







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Nicely finished front porch




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