How do I build a covered entry over a 6x6 deck style front step?

by Harold
Our front door opens on to a wooden deck about 6x6, with two steps down to the front walk. The eaves drip on us and winter winds chill the house. A covered entry would help with both problems.
  8 answers
  • Shuganne Shuganne on Jun 10, 2018

    I can't see the roof, so I'm not sure how to tie it to the roof. I would start with-it looks like 4x4s? Set them right on top of the ones I see for your deck. Check with the local government, might you need a permit or other paperwork? Continue the railings up to a pitched roof. You'll need solid carpentry skills to repeat the deck another level and you may need a licensed carpenter to know how much weight the 4x4s would support. Just don't box it all in...I had a friend who did that and promptly was broken into. The cop said, well, you did build him a nice secluded spot so he could kick in the door without being seen by the neighbors.

  • Bijous Bijous on Jun 10, 2018

    Consider in investing in a pergola. Pitch it slightly to the side with the small window. Use exterior plywood and shingles on the top rather than leaving it open. The slight pitch will cause water to run off rather than sitting on a flat roof. Good luck.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Jun 10, 2018

    It's going to be tough to build something over the deck unless you adjust the size. The windows are in the way. What I would do is make the deck bigger, at least a foot past the far sides of the windows. Make sure that the footings are big enough to carry the load you want to put on them. I would put an A framed roof on it with gutters on the sides. You can use 4x4 or 6x6 pressure treated wood, but where you live, you might want to go with composite posts or wrap the wood in aluminum or composite. I would also use metal roofing, that way the pitch doesn't have to be much for snow to slide off. You can finish the underneath with recessed lights and siding soffit material.

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  • Nicole Nicole on Jun 13, 2018

    How about an awning? You can diy in many different sizes, materials and styles.

  • William William on Jun 13, 2018

    A covered enrty would be smaller than your deck due to the windows. It would have to meet building codes and if you can do it. You would more likely need a contractor since it would be attached to the house and roof. Your best bet would be to install a awning or covered pergola over the the deck.

  • Mindshift Mindshift on Jun 21, 2018

    As Shuganne mentioned, your photo does not show the roof. The roof addon either ties into the existing roof:

    Example 1

    Example 2

    Or, it attaches to the siding if your entry is on a gable end or a two-story home. Obviously this is the less complicated construction.

    The above links show porches, but the roof of an enclosed room would be added exactly the same way. Here is a PDF from Habitat For Humanity that shows some detail drawings. At the very end is how to add a smaller gable roof to the main roof. I think it is worth hiring someone to do this add on.

    William also points out that enclosing your existing deck could impose on your bay window, and I agree that adding an awning only would at least keep you from getting wet. Whenever you add enclosed space to your home you will likely need a permit.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 01, 2022

    An awning would work well.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 01, 2022

    We took a piece of metal roofing and cut it into 2 foot pieces and attached those to a 2x4 frame. This provides enough shelter from the rain where we don't get dripped on. Best part the entire project was under $50 for a 25 foot span.