1.PLAN YOUR DECK & PORCH BUILDING
Porch construction doesn’t sound like a big deal. It’s a deck covered with a roof, so what possibly can go wrong. Well, quite a lot of things actually. So for starters, it’s best to find good contractors that specialize in porches Chicago, who will help you with getting permits, determining measurements and choosing materials.
2.PREPARE THE PORCH FOUNDATIONS
When you have all of the plans and permits ready, it’s time for laying porch foundations. Your porch contractors will start with installation of footings and piers. First ones carry weight directly to the soil; second ones – transfer deck weight to the footings. That completed, contractors add base material (stone or gravel) and pour concrete over it.
3. START PORCH CONSTRUCTION
Back or front porch has slightly different construction than a plain wood deck. As any contractor will happily tell you, decking material is laid horizontally to house, while porch flooring – perpendicularly. That’s why you’ll need additional beam or two. On that frame, you can finally have porch flooring installed.
4. FINISH YOUR PORCH
Porch construction wouldn’t be complete without such elements as roofing, deck railing and of course, deck stairs that can lead to the kitchen garden or front gate (depending on the type of porch). Whether you choose elaborate colonnades and gables or simple balustrade and shed style roof depends on your preferences and house character.