Old Porch Needs replacing Advice please...

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Hi, don't really know too much about porches, I live in a ex-council house
(built 1960's) cavity wall etc etc
on the front is a semi circular porch that needs repairing/replacing
it looks like it has been letting water into the wood supports for a while as it leans downwards and upon inspection, nearly all the wood is rotted.
I've taken off the asbestos cover underneath and it looks like 2 2"4 beams actually go through the cavity into the house holding it up.
seeing as we have good weather I will take the rest of it down tonight.

My questions are really as follows.

I'm going to have to knock down the old one and replace it,
I know allot of people say, make a new proch look like your main roof, does anyone have any website as reference when building these kind of things.

because I am replacing/repairing it, do i need planning permission?

I have thought that changing it from a semi circle one to a different style would be good, but what styles are they?

I know this is all quite vague but can anyone suggest any option I have or things i'll need to take into consideration.

Thanks
Mark
 
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more than likely just replacing what i have and have a freestanding wall mounted (storm porch) if that's what it's called
 
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ghost32 said:
more than likely just replacing what i have and have a freestanding wall mounted (storm porch) if that's what it's called

i have to say the more attractive storm canopies are mounted on gallows brackets and have a pitched roof, with tiles that match the existing roof.

try and not make the roof too fussy.

you could even have a flat lead roof with a fancy drip.

in fact, armed with a pair of gallows, the world's your oyster. you just need to use your imagination.

provided you don't live in a terrace run with zero frontage (the type where you walk out of the front door onto the footpath) then planning permission is unlikely. it is also b'regs exempt.
 
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sorry for the late reply but, here's a rough design of the frame that I have been making
porchel1.jpg

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/2650/porchel1.jpg



can yoiu let me know what you think and what i'm doing wrong
 
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