Flat roof bungalow porch with herringbone detail
Back in the spring, Don and I blocked off a few weeks in the summer to help each other with projects in our own homes. We finished Don’s basement, did the roof at Heather’s and my place, and I built a porch.
In case any remembers the porch I built at my previous home a few years back (if so, good memory!), you’ll notice this porch has a completely different vibe.
While our house was build in 1965, we like the mid-century vibe and admire the flat roof porches from that era, which are also on many new homes these days. Heather pulled together a Pinterest album full of inspiration, including the image below.
After contacting One Call for all utilities to mark services to the house, we knew precisely where the gas line runs. The gas line was our biggest concern given that it’s directly to the left of the front door. We’d originally contemplated moving the gas metre, but discovered Enbridge would charge $4,000 and it’s only Enbridge that can move it. Option B is to leave a 6″ clearance around the gas metre when the new front step goes in.
Until this summer, you’d need to hire a company to drive in steel helical support posts for decks and porches—$800 each. This year, both Rona and Home Depot started selling Pylex adjustable foundation screws that you can drive in yourself, at a cost of only $24 each.
Stay tuned… more updates to come.