Asked on May 18, 2019

How to close in front porch?

Cheryl WilliamsenTinyshoesCarrie @ Curly Crafty Mom


4 answers
  • Redcatcec
    on May 19, 2019

    Hi Carolyn,

    Before you start you project, have your plans drawn up and ready to present, you may need to get a building permit. Some locations-city, county, towns....consider a newly closed-in porch as a room and want to assess your property tax accordingly.

    As for the actual porch, could you re-post with a photo of what your porch looks like so you can get the best advice?

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    on May 19, 2019

    Can you be more specific, as in a fence around it or something more permanent?

  • Tinyshoes
    on May 20, 2019

    Carolyn....I would suggest using screen but a picture of the area you want to work with might help! Thanks

  • Cheryl Williamsen
    on May 20, 2019

    Yes, Due Diligence with the City is a must.

    Front porches often have Zoning restrictions that prohibit enclosing them, at all.

    Then there’s the “thresholds” at which you may be allowed to enclose them in before they become a room.

    As in, if you partially enclose it with something like sliding glass doors, or other operable windows, then the calculations on how-much enclosing,-percentage, on each wall - will need to be calculated & documented- as a condition of Permitting.

    That’s where you’ll need to get a pro to draw up the plans with the calculations- as in design with both the Building Dept & the Zoning Dept’s Codes in mind, first.

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