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    I am redesigning this front porch, some ideas would be nice. The top of the posts will have something to drop the look around 3 ft., this way the posts don't look so tall. Join in, give it a shot, small ideas to big ideas is fine with me, of course as most projects, money can be an issue. I am looking for maint. free materials.

    Pictures, drawings, name brands of type material, etc. I'm looking for creative ideas, the porch will not be an enclosed porch, it will be left open,. Also no round columns because we do not live in the South....












    Last edited by garager; 08-02-2008, 07:51 AM.
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    Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

    http://www.contractorspub.com

    A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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    • #3
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      what's the budget?

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      • #4
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        $8000.00 - $10,000.00 and that is labor and materials. This is more of a makeover then a tear it apart and do it right. I will be removing at least one post and setting the rest of them back a few inches to get a beefier look.
        Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

        http://www.contractorspub.com

        A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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        • #5
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          I used this link to design my deck and porch.
          http://www.vadeck.com/porch-plan-Hartmann.htm

          That link goes to the porch design section but if you scroll all the way down to the bottom you'll find all the links

          Tons of excellent information on products and pricing of natural wood products and composite materials. This guy Mike French is Da Man! The information is kind of spreadout all over the site but it's all there.

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          • #6
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            the posts distract, too many, too long. Vertical distance is an issue.

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            • #7
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              take out the post put in bigger ones on the ends with a new beam ,this will open it up
              the deck looks good just needs a railing
              and close up the stairs and the bottom of the deck
              Charlie

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by plumberscrack View Post
                I used this link to design my deck and porch.
                http://www.vadeck.com/porch-plan-Hartmann.htm

                That link goes to the porch design section but if you scroll all the way down to the bottom you'll find all the links

                Tons of excellent information on products and pricing of natural wood products and composite materials. This guy Mike French is Da Man! The information is kind of spreadout all over the site but it's all there.
                Good link PC, but you didn't give me any of your ideas...

                Yes there are way to many posts involved here and they will be thinned out.
                Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

                http://www.contractorspub.com

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                • #9
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                  Are the joists in the ceiling over the porch cantilevered and sufficient to carry the roof?
                  Or are those porch posts load bearing?

                  Either way I'd pull the two posts on either side of the stairs.
                  Double or triple the width of the stairs (which will require widening the walkway as well).
                  Do a standard rail/baluster but MOST IMPORTANT with this height of porch is bringing the roof line down in a way that balances/matches the railing.

                  Here's an example of some nice posts and the green painted part is what I meant by bringing down the roof line:
                  Attached Files

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                  • #10
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                    that looks very nice

                    i was going to say to re do the stairs but the walk way would have to re done like you said ,it would look better with larger stairs it will say main entry this way
                    Charlie

                    My seek the peek fundraiser page
                    http://observatory.mountwashington.o...nal&fr_id=1040


                    http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php

                    new work pictures 12/09
                    http://public.fotki.com/hvachawk/

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                    • #11
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                      I agree with Dairylander with the possible exception of widening the steps to triple the width without knowing how the home owner will be using the porch. If they plan to sit out there, tripling the stair width might take away from chair placement. I think those posts should be made to appear more massive either through replacement or encasement. Get rid of that storm door and the cookie-cutter, Stanley-type entrance door, replace it with something - I don't know what, but it should go. After door replacement add a coach light to the left side. An inexpensive way to make the roof line appear lower would be to suspend hanging flower baskets from the ceiling.

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                      • #12
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                        So far so good, I am listening.

                        Anymore ideas out there?????

                        And thank you guys for your thoughts and ideas....
                        Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

                        http://www.contractorspub.com

                        A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by garager View Post
                          $8000.00 - $10,000.00 and that is labor and materials.
                          TBH Mark,

                          $10,000 isn't enough to fix this properly

                          'Lipstick on a pig' is all I can see within that budget

                          Good luck

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                          • #14
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                            Lipstick on a pig? I never heard that. Funny!

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                            • #15
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                              Bring the top down to about the 7'-6" level, bring the railing up to railing ht and cover both with siding. Change the color from the window wall out to make it pop. I like the idea of making the stairs wider but I do not see that fitting the budget. Do remove and put in some thing made out of stone or concrete to give you some tecture out there. Maybe some iron railings and matching iron in the corners of the upper dropped section for a little detail.

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