Working on a fixer upper

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We would like to put a roof above the lst floor front windows, but aren't sure how to connect it to the little gabled front entry roof or if it shouldn't be connected to the entry enclosure. We are redoing the windows and as you can see there is a concrete pad below the 5 windows on the front of the house's lst floor. We think a roof above those windows would make the face of the house much more appealing but aren't sure how to do it.
q working on a fixer upper, curb appeal, home improvement, large home improvement projects, roofing
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  • Lagree Wyndham Lagree Wyndham on Dec 09, 2015
    Humm not really sure, when you say roof across do you mean a porch. also just for my curiosity are those windows on top and bottom were a double decker porch was closed in originally??
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    • Lagree Wyndham Lagree Wyndham on Dec 09, 2015
      @Dee sorry I can't help, beyond my carpentry skills, So I can't tell you how to do it. Good luck.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 09, 2015
    agree with Lagree, not really sure what you are referring to
  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Dec 10, 2015
    If it were me, I'd take that photo & blow it up to an 8x10 at least. Pin it on a bulletin board & then cut a long thin piece of paper the length of the house & hold it up to the picture where you are thinking that the ""roof"" (porch) should be & see how it looks OR if you're familiar with Paint on most computers (or Photoshop), then try using those to choose (decide) what you want & where. :) GOOD LUCK!
  • Su Su on Dec 10, 2015
    best advice if you aren't sure what you can do is to hire a contractor... money well spent for an expert and his advice, skills and guidance
  • Dee Dee on Dec 10, 2015
    Super idea! Thanks
  • Jean Myles Jean Myles on Dec 10, 2015
    I say hire a architect to do the design work so it will be up to building code and the proportions will be correct. It is really worth spending a little to have it done properly. Then if you cant do it yourself Hire a contractor. Be sure to really check out the contractors before you hire one. Unfortunately there many who aren't very good or trust worthy. Good luck. Please share an before/ after pic when its done.
  • Danielle Danielle on Dec 11, 2015
    The entry enclosure should probably be taken off and rebuilt as part of the new roof. One word of caution, though. You really might want to pay to have a drawing done of this before you do it. the front of the house is already really busy because of having so many windows. Adding a covered porch only on one side has the potential to really make the house look unbalanced. Maybe consider extending the porch across the entire front? I know it's a lot more money to do that but it would pay for itself in increased value.
  • Dee Dee on Dec 11, 2015
    Wow, great ideas. Can't thank you enough!
  • Jennifer Jennifer on Dec 12, 2015
    If you removed the existing little roof, a nice porch could go across the front of the house over the door and windows to the left. The right side is difficult to see in the photo, but with the change in roofline, that could be treated with detail and landscaping, from what I can see here. Sturdy or boxed posts would give the porch presence, and keep it simple. If the porch is low enough not to require a railing I would skip it, and place some pots or other decor by the steps. Have fun with your project!
  • Dee Dee on Dec 12, 2015
    Thanks very much. Great ideas. Love the boxed posts and no railing. Thanks so much!
  • Sheila D Sheila D on Jan 07, 2016
    Sounds like porch swing time! Send pics of results.