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Building a porch...

Discussion in 'Building' started by TheKeymeister, 1 Feb 2014.

  1. TheKeymeister

    TheKeymeister

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    Hi all,

    The "small overhanging roof" (I'm sure there's a proper name for it!) on the front of my house over the front door and front window is sagging and distorted. It would appear that most people in my street have had the same trouble, and have dealt with it in many different ways, including combinations of brackets, building a porch, removing and building a flat felt roof (urgh) and even decorative piers. I like the porch option, with a bracket at the far end.

    Here's a pic of my house and a couple of pics of a similar houses with something a bit like I want to do. Basically I want to have solid walls either side, with low walls at the front with windows above, and a door in the middle, a bit like in my sketch...

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    I want to have a crack at doing as much of this myself as possible, I've had a go at building a garden wall before and it didn't fall down. I know this is a shade more involved, so I have a few questions...

    1- Any clues on the foundations? My house is built on a raft foundation, does this change things? I found plenty of clay when putting my new fence posts up, at 2ft deep it was like hard putty.

    2- Do I need worry about insulating the floor? It won't be heated, just basically somewhere to house the electric and water meters and put shoes and coats...

    3- When building the brick sides, do I tie it into the existing house in any way?

    I want to put ducts in for a new electricity cable, water pipe, and possibly BT cable. Got a decent idea on how to do that bit (I work in electricity supply...) Eventually want to divert services away from the side of the house instead of building over them if/when I extend sideways.

    Any comments, suggestions or advice welcome - it'll be a good while before I start this, and if it goes well it'll be a good lead-in to building the conservatory out back...

    PS- I have a lack of permitted development rights, so have to apply for planning permission anyway, for what its worth
     
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  3. ban-all-sheds

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    Then you know what that will cost?

    If not, find out now.
     
  4. TheKeymeister

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    Not many pennies... I work for the board
     
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