I wonder if anyone could recommend a site or book that offers a
variety of entrance porch designs. I have a small area (~ 6' x 6') at
the top of my entrance steps and would like to add a small entrance
I assume I need planning permission, yes?
Well, that would depend on where you live. And the only way to the true and
correct answer to that would be by calling your local officials and asking.
Otherwise, you would be depending on answers from people who don't live
anywhere near you, and possibly not even in the same country as you.
Actually, unless you live in a house that's on a state or federal
register of historical places, I doubt you'd need permission anywhere
one lives in the US to make plans or drawings for such an addition. You
would, however, certainly need a permit and approval of the drawings by
the town building commissioner to actually build it, tho.
Speaking only as a pedestrian, I would imagine your choices would be
pretty limited given that 6x6 is quite the small space. Methinks you
might only have two design choices: Normal pitched roof or a shed roof,
and whether the porch will be somewhat open or totally enclosed.
But then, nobody here has any idea what your house actually looks like,
either, so ...
As noted by others, building permits are a local matter.
However, odds are you or your builder will need a permit.
There are no ready made porch designs to my knowledger.
I suggest you look at houses of similar design and decide whether or
not you like what they have.
Not knowing anything bout the location, setting, style, or age of the
house in question, I suggest a
search through some books of house style for examples.
If you are serious about the entrance, you could pay an architect a
fee to make some suggestions.
On 12 Feb 2004 15:36:18 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Baker) wrote:
Thanks Tom... just what I was looking for...
I'm starting a course on Construction Technology in a couple of weeks
and hoping I can do everything myself... I have a couple of
qualifications in technical/engineering drawing that I haven't used
for years, and so I can hopefully develop the plans myself as well as
build the porch too.
My real job is a researcher, but since buying a house I'v gotten the
DIY bug... Whenever I get a new 'bug' I tend to get carried away and
go as far with it as I can - I'm hoping to get whatever licenses I
need to be a contractor (though not actually become one)... After the
evening classes I may find I'm kidding myself though... :-)
Thanks again, Kurt
BTW I live in Mansfield MA...
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