A new portico for our home
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A few weeks ago, my dad decided to rip apart the existing portico on our home and build a new one. My parents have wanted to increase the size of the portico for a couple years. Throughout the years, my parents have added on to our home on numerous occasions tripling the square footage and the original one became dwarfed in the process. This isn’t the best picture below, but you can see the original one below.
A portico is simply a porch that leads to the entry of a building. Our original structure was supported by simple columns which were 2×4’s. As you can see, it’s a little small for the home.
Once the portico is finished, the next step in our curb appeal project is shutters! As you can see below, the old structure has been removed.
Unfortunately, my dad removed the entire roof while I was away for the weekend in NYC so I don’t have any pictures of the demolition process.
My husband and I drove in from being away for the weekend and I said to my husband, “the front portico is gone?” My husband said, “what are you talking about, that roof thing?” ha.
The existing cement step was definitely to small for the new project so we framed around the step with 2×4’s and 2×10’s and created a new larger landing.
The new step will be constructed using maintenance free vinyl decking which will be fastened to this frame.
The new portico is coming along nicely and it already is creating a new look for the front of our home. Our curb appeal project is in full swing and hopefully this project, will be done soon so we can move on to adding the new shutters. I think that the new portico and shutters are going to completely transform the front of our home. Don’t you think so?
UPDATE: See our NEW PORTICO REVEAL. It’s finished!
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