How to Build a Porch

How to Build a Porch
By building a porch in front of your house, you can easily increase the curb appeal of your living space. Following the guidelines in this Buzzle article you can construct a gallery.
A porch unlike the deck, is an extension of the living room. The overall design of the porch allows you to furnish it with pieces of furniture like tables and upholstered furniture making it a private enclosure.

Making a Front Porch

Materials and Tools Required
  • 2 x 4 lumber boards
  • Four wood post stock
  • Cement
  • Sand
  • Plastic anchors
  • Lag bolts
  • Nails
  • Handsaw
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk line
  • Hammer
  • Gloves
  • Shovel
  • Pen and paper
Procedure

Step 1: Create a sill plate by laying out pressure treated lumber boards of 2 X 4 foot.

Step 2: Attach the sill plate to the concrete layer beneath. Insert plastic anchors in them and using lag bolts secure the sill plate to the concrete.

Step 3: To make it more firm and strong, add another layer of boards over the sill plate.

Step 4: Fix the top layer firmly. Erect a stud against the wall by placing it between the two layers. Place the top plate over this erected stud and place another stud to support the other side of the top plate at a suitable distance. Lay the other studs in the same manner. Mark the locations of the studs using a chalk line and measuring tape.

Step 5: Once all the locations of the studs are marked start installing the studs one by one and attach it well to the top plate using big nails and hammer.

Step 6: In case there is any difficulty in opening the door due to the lower sill layer, cut the base boards of the door using a power tool like a handsaw.

Now that your porch is ready, you can lay out chairs or swings and relax while having your morning or evening tea. Placing house plants, accessories, and furniture will enhance the look of the porch.