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Today I am sharing how to add a portico roof over a front door entrance which is an easy way to increase your home’s curb appeal. A portico is a covered porch over a front door. It’s amazing how building a portico (a little roof) and two new columns can transform the front of a home!
This front door portico was installed at our previous house and porticos are currently trending on google right now! With real estate being so expensive, many are opting to remodel or renovate and exterior renovations are on the rise. Hopefully you find some great front door entrance ideas here today and are inspired to add a portico roof over your front door (or even a side or backdoor).
Portico Roof Installation
What is a portico?
A portico is a covered entrance or porch attached to the entrance of a building, supported by columns or pillars. It’s beneficial for a home because it makes the house look more attractive, provides easy access, protects from bad weather when going in or out, and can even add value to the property.
Portico’s usually feature vertical columns supporting a structure of horizontal lines and a roof. The roof style can vary – gable porch roof, flat porch roof, or even a hip roof. The first thing that catches the eye about a portico is the roof structure, covered in roofing material such as asphalt shingles or metal shingles.
Below is a picture of our front door before with no roof over the front door entrance:
Even if you have an existing porch, adding a portico can boost your home’s architectural detail.
Before building a portico, you will need to prepare the following:
- Check local building codes and regulations to obtain necessary permits
- Create a floor plan to mark out the size of your portico roof and develop a plan to tie in the existing roof
- Hire a licensed general contractor if you are not doing it yourself
Building A Portico: Step by Step
Step 1: Frame Stairs
The first step to installing a portico is to frame your stairs.
We framed around the existing cement step with 2×4’s and 2×10’s.
Initially, we were going to remove the cement step but decided that it was in decent shape and would provide a solid base for the new wider step, so we left the existing stairs.
Step 2: Install Vinyl Decking On Top of Step Frame
The vinyl decking was installed on top of the 2×4 frame.
Step 3: Install Support Columns
Ultimately, we decided on the round Italian style column portico from Home Depot. The round columns added softness to the square portico roof line and provided visual appeal from the curb.
We did enlist a little help with the installation of the columns and roof over the door. We DIY most everything around our home but occasionally, you need muscle for projects, more muscle than I have! ha.
I found it fascinating how they made a simple rectangular box as the supports for the columns. I have never seen a portico built before so this was a first for me. It’s always nice to see how things are actually made and what is underneath the “pretty” end product.
Step 4: Install Roof
We used special brackets for fastening the wooden box to the house and new columns.
They used wooden shims on top of the columns to brace the support beams (rectangular box) until they got it level, then they removed them.
How Much Does a Portico Cost?
The cost of building a portico depends on the size and building materials you use along with any manual labor you need to hire. Our front door portico roughly cost $2000 but we did a lot of the work ourselves.
We chose a maintenance free vinyl decking to create our new step.
Portico Roof Benefits
Last week I shared front door portico designs that showed varying roof sizes and styles depending on the type of front door. A portico not only provides curb appeal but a roof over a front door provides protection from the weather. It’s always nice if it’s raining or snowing, to have a covered door while you are trying to get inside your home. This is a huge benefit!
The front door portico looks kind of cool right?
Front Door Portico
As you can see the roof over the front door entrance is taking shape and the added curb appeal from the new portico roof is amazing.
We decided to add a decorative inset on the front facing part of the new roof which I will share next week. It was a last minute decision but it took the roof line from nice to wow!
As you can see, it’s coming along nicely and the two toned shingles add so much color and texture to an otherwise, boring roof.
I love the side view of the portico over the front door and it’s amazing how the roof over the door entrance adds so much curb appeal to the home.
You can see the final portico before and after by clicking through, our new portico reveal post.
More Portico Posts You Will Love
- Start of our portico project (before)
- How to add curb appeal with a portico (different types of porticos and ideas)
- New Portico Before and After (our portico is finished!)
More Front Door Posts You Will Love
- How to build a portico over front door
- 20 Front door makeover ideas
- How to increase your front door size with sidelights and a transom
- How to install a prehung front door with sidelights
- Installing 2 large french patio doors foyer before and after
- How a new exterior front door can increase property value
- 20 colorful front door ideas
Adding a portico to your front door is a great way to increase curb appeal and make a statement. Getting rid of an aging roof and replacing it with a new, stylish portico can instantly boost the look of your home!
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