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Old 05-03-2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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What I would like is some advice on planning out the deck.

The size of the deck will be roughly 16' x 8' (from the door to the driveway). I would like to have it be a covered deck. I would also like to not attach the deck to the house.

My biggest concern will be the roof height as I would love to try and keep it under the rain gutters that are there now. Unless someone has any better suggestions.

There is about 2 feet from the top of the door to the bottom of the gutters would that be enough for rafters and a roof or am I going to have to extend the rafters/roof above the gutters?

Thinking http://www.houzz.com/photos/156678/H...scape-new-york but next to the house.

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My biggest concern will be the roof height as I would love to try and keep it under the rain gutters that are there now. Unless someone has any better suggestions.
I think your biggest concern at this point is whether your municipality or district will allow this. Visit with them first to see what is allowed and what permits are required. You don't want a stop work order placed on your project or have to tear down all your good work. You neighbors may get a little excited if they see any additions going on. Due diligence.

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Yes i'll get all permits needed. They don't place a ton of restrictions on decks/porches. I am more looking for advice on what would be best way to do it.
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You sure that's 2 feet? It looks more like maybe 10" to maybe 14".
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are those vents in the frieze board? don't want to block your vents. I agree with willie, measure from the top of your door trim to the soffit and see what that measurement is. do you have an overhang, hard to tell from the photo, if so how much is the overhang?
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Gonna look pretty weird being a stand-off structure with a flat roof below the gutter line. If aesthetics are irrelevant, then you CAN do it, though I don't recommend it. The right way is to tie into the existing roof and re-route the gutter. The fascia of the porch should be in line with the fascia of the house and the porch roof slope shall extend at least half way up the main roof. Maintaining a minimum 3:12 will allow you to still use shingles. Any lower of a slope and you'll need to use a low-slope membrane.
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Here is basically what the house looks like from the side.

There is no roof overhang. House was built in the 30's for a mine and moved to town and put on the foundation in the 40's.

I have no problem with a metal roof to keep the slope low if that would work. I'm on a limited budget and was wanting to cover the deck so I could sit outside and have shade (front of house is south facing).

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are those vents?
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Yes there is 2 gable vents on each end also.
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This was my original thought. If it is not a good thought then I need to change before I start calling contractors in (that is why I asked here first).

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This is what the house looked like before new windows doors and siding. Removed the part over the door and from what i'm understanding is I'll most likely have to do the same over a new deck?
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this is what I'm asking about .....
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Yes those are vents.
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This is what the house looked like before new windows doors and siding. Removed the part over the door and from what i'm understanding is I'll most likely have to do the same over a new deck?
there is a house like yours that i often drive by. it has a porch roof like this one, but much larger. and i think it looks great.
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To me it doesn't look like there will be enough room above the door; is there a height minimum in your town? If so, maybe a landing off the door and a one step drop to the new porch and make the deck even to where the siding stops...just a thought. In other words lower the deck height.

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