Designing the Best Porch Roof

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Designing the Best Porch Roof
Details of a porch will affect the home's market appeal. (moodboard/moodboard/Getty Images)

A well-planned porch roof should add curb appeal to any home. Even if the porch is on the back or side of your home, the design will affect the overall look of the house. Take time to plan the best roof angles, materials and porch lighting for a good outcome. Creating a porch roof that is too simple can hurt the overall look of the house. Keep in mind that the porch roof should look original to the house construction.

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Things you need

  • Sketchpad
  • Graph paper

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    Draw your home's design on a sketchpad. Sketch the house from several angles to experiment with various porch roof designs. Create a porch with a hip roof, for example, if the house also has a hip roof with sloping sides. Include porch posts, railings and plant containers so the drawings will reflect the exact outcome you desire.

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    Transfer all drawings to graph paper to fine tune. Use one square to represent 4 inches of real space, for instance. Figure out the roof length, width and depth in relation to windows, door openings and dimensions of a chimney. Create a porch roof that fits harmoniously with the size of the house, not appearing too large or small.

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    Create an overhang space that blends with the house overhangs. Design these areas to fit seamlessly with existing overhangs, so the porch roof looks original to the house construction. Plan to enclose soffit areas that match this space under house eaves. Sketch guttering, downspouts and splash blocks to look harmonious with what's in place on the house, too.

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    Determine the roof covering material. Use copper metal to contrast with a dark grey asphalt roof on a brick home, for example. Install cedar shakes just on the porch roof, as another option. Use a different porch roof material from that of the house roof, if the porch is on the front of the house. Do this for artistic appeal only, so weigh your options carefully. Install roof covering that matches the house roofing if the porch is on the side or back of the house.

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    Design lighting before you begin construction. Select light fixtures for wall sconces or for the porch ceiling. Use fixtures that complement the house design. Route electrical wiring to the porch space through exterior house walls, as one possibility. Go into attic space to run wiring through conduit to reach the exterior of the house as another option. Talk with an electrician to determine a practical way to do this so wiring components don't show.

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