How do you add a front porch?
My house has a small front deck (built poorly by previous owner). I can tell that there use to be a front porch, and I know where it use to connect to the building. I'd like to install a new front porch, and I'm wondering what the best way to do this is. I'm a pretty handy DIY'er, not an expert by any means. I've built decks before so I know how to do that much, but I've never had to run the posts up to support a roof. How do you attach the roof to the existing structure? Do I have to remove just enough siding to get a ledger board up there, or should I take off the siding down to the porch joists? Would you build your own trusses, or do you recommend buying them? Or should I just cut my own rafters with a bird's mouth cut and rest them on the ledger at the top of the posts. I have a pretty good idea how to do the flashing where the new roof meets the siding, but feel free to offer any comments you think might be useful. Thanks.
Last edited by gshock; 08-06-2007 at 11:13 AM.