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1-story, low front eave

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Three porch roof types work well on houses
with relatively low existing front eaves.

1-story, low front eave (Porch Photo 10)
Before adding new porch
This house started with an inset, screened front porch. The owners wanted to enclose the existing porch and add a new porch in front of that. The main consideration - how to maintain adequate headroom at the front eave of the new porch roof?

Option #1.  The least expensive porch roof construction is a shed-style (single plane) roof attached directly to the existing house eave, as shown just below on another house:

Porch Roof Option #1 (Porch Photo 149)
Porch Roof Option #1
(on different house)

To maintain adequate slope to the new porch roof, while also maintaining adequate headroom at the front edge of the porch, you must set the porch floor as close to the ground as possible, often with step(s) right at the front door, or you must limit the depth of the porch, as shown above.

The porch above is both close to the ground and not really deep enough to fully use, although the visual effect is very nice. Using the top of the front door as a guide, you can tell the front edge of this porch is fairly low.

Option #2.  A better solution for houses with low front eaves - start the porch roof on the main roof, thereby allowing the new porch eave to maintain the same height as the original eave. Here's an example on a 1-1/2 story house. Porch roof starts just below dormers:

Porch Roof Option #2 (Porch Photo 3)
Porch Roof Option #2
(on different house)
(Click on photo for additional views)

Option #3.  There's a third roof option that works particularly well for houses with low front eaves. This option will maintain a new porch eave that's the same height as the original eave and permit whatever depth porch you wish.

Starting at an appropriate point up on the existing main roof, extend a new roof ridge perpendicular to the main roof. This new roof structure can extend as far out from the house as necessary to create the depth porch you desire.

And that's what the owners of our "Before' house at the top of this page did! Just below we see the old inset screened porch has been enclosed and a new porch has been added forward of that:

Porch Roof Option #3 (Porch Photo 10)
Porch Roof Option #3
This IS the house shown in the 'Before' photo at the top of this page!
(Click photo for additional views)

The new porch very successfully redefines the roofline while adding strong 'curb appeal'. Porch roof intersects main house at the same ridgeline while retaining the relatively low pitch of the existing roof. These approaches gracefully incorporate the new porch into the overall structure, while also providing a warm and welcoming new face for this home.

Other examples follow ...

Porch Roof Option #3 (Porch Photo 62)
Example of Porch Roof Option #3.

Porch Roof Option #3 (Porch Photo 82)
Example of Porch Roof Option #3.
(Click photo for additional views)

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