Front Porch Designs for Splitlevel HomesDorothy from Minnesota writes:
My new home is a split entry design. I would love to have a front porch design with some overhead as well as side protection from the winter winds and heavy snow in northern Minnesota but don't know if this is possible.
Tackle the Porch Concrete IssueYour porch steps can be raised and stabilized. The process is called mud jacking, slab jacking or injection leveling depending on where you live.
We have had it done twice over the years and it works great for your situation. However, it is very important that you find out and resolve why the steps are sinking. It normally is due to water issues under the slab. So make sure that is fixed as well.
Leveling usually requires drilling a few holes through the slab or steps, attaching a large hose with nozzle into the holes, and injecting a mixture that raises the steps/slab and solidifies to keep it raised.
Split Level Porch DesignA porch would really add lots of charm to your lovely home. Based on what I can see from the photo I'd consider a constructing a gable style roof over your existing porch slab. The only issue is the window above the door. There may be insufficient room to attach the roof to the side of your home.
If you like the window, you may want to consider replacing it with a rectangular window just above the door (much like a transom window). That would still give you some light and allow room for a gable roof.
You may or may not need a porch railing but I think adding one would add additional curb appeal.
To stop the wind, check out installing porch windows. You can get screens and windows all in one. They are easy to operate and you won't have to remove them each season. You could install them on each side (or just one side) of the porch if you'd like and leave the front open if you wish.
Lastly, you may want to consider extending your porch slab out a few feet to give you some extra room. This would mean extending the porch roof also which in turn will give you a bit more protection from the weather.
And you will like the information in our Front Porch Guide. It helps you decide what kind of landscaping and furniture to have for your porch - based on the architecture of your home.
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