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Existing Porch Assessment

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If your existing porch is not exactly the porch of
your dreams, a remodeling may be in order.

But even if you love your porch just the way
it is, a checkup for existing or potential problems
can avoid a big repair bill down the road!

Assessing What Is Present
Often a porch will be of sound construction, but lacking in one or more key components. For example, many more recently constructed porches are missing the beam that typically runs directly above the Porch Posts. (Actually, from a structural standpoint, some sort of beam is probably present, but it may be concealed within the space between porch ceiling and roof.) A non-visible beam is a definite handicap if you want to apply Post Top Items. Or perhaps your porch does have a visible beam, but it is not of the same width as the Porch Posts. Again, this is a hindrance in the proper placement of decorative porch trim.

Your Porch Posts may be to your liking, but positioned such that one or more Posts are directly in front of windows (or even a door). Or you may wish to replace the Posts with a more decorative style. Steps may need re-positioning or you may choose to add Newel Posts where none previously existed.

On a more major scale, you may want to increase the depth or length of the porch or add a right-angled section to allow the porch to wrap around a corner of the house. The porch flooring may be in need of repair or replacement, or some of the structural members may need to be replaced or strengthened.

You might choose to add a ceiling where none previously existed. (Vintage Woodworks has a selection of Beaded Ceiling that is very authentic.) Such an addition facilitates the inclusion of new electrical wiring for lights, ceiling fans, or outlets for Christmas lighting.

In fact, there are many valid reasons to consider remodeling an existing porch rather than starting over from "scratch." Often the job is not nearly as complicated as it would first seem, once the structure is properly analyzed. And, of course, there are often significant savings of time and materials when remodeling rather than starting fresh.

For Your Initial Review
Please review our Quick Checklist, to determine those areas that may need attention during any remodeling of an existing porch. Then list all of the existing aspects of your porch that you like and dislike. Be complete. Remember, you are in the "dreaming" stage of planning your remodeling!

Plan & Elevations
Following the instructions in the section Planning Your Porch , draw a floor plan and front and side elevations of the porch as it presently exists. Then, draw a floor plan and front and side elevations of your porch as you would like for it to be after remodeling. The sections, A Review of the Front Elevation and Decorative Trim Items, will both be helpful. Also, please refer at this time to the section on Decorative Porch Parts as a refresher on the possibilities available for your porch remodeling.

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