You wouldn’t think building a back porch would be a big deal, but I’m here to tell you that it is! Even though the porch is in the backyard, you don’t want it to be an eye sore. You want it to add to the overall appeal of the entire house, to compliment the landscape and make it inviting and comfortable. A place that you can hang out and read a book by yourself or host a party and enjoy drinks and conversation with good friends. The back porch should be a place of beauty and comfort that adds value to your home.
My husband and I are designing our very first house together and now that we have the layout of the house nailed down we have moved onto discussing the landscaping and he is learning I am just as picky with the backyard as I was with the house itself. If our marriage makes it through the next few months then we can make it through anything! Luckily, I ran across this post that shows step by step how someone created a covered deck/patio in their back yard! And I think it would be the perfect compromise for me and my husband to do ourselves. It’s looks relatively easy to do and it is beautiful and inviting! You should check this out!
The first step is to choose the location. This porch was built off to the side of the house instead of attached directly to the back of the house.
It just worked best with the layout so it didn’t take up too much of the backyard’s grassy area.
They used 3D Studio Max in order to plan the layout of their structure.
3D Studio Max is an online software program that you can download online. It can help you not only visualize what the main product will look like once complete, but can also help plan out the necessary material you will need to purchase for the project.
It also allows you to experiment with seeing what different finishes will look like before you even start the project!
And so the work begins!
Starting with the hardwood foundation.
They started with the outer frame of the porch.
Then added the center joists, spaced evenly to make securing the cross sections easier.
After the joists are laid they put down a weed barrier between the joists to help prevent unsightly plants from growing up between the slats of the porch.
The flooring materials have arrived!
They chose long boards that stretch across the entire length of the porch! They chose to finish the floor first so they didn’t risk broken ankles trying to walk on the frame.
I really love the look of this, however you can also use smaller lengths and stagger the seams throughout.
Now it’s time for the walls to be built!
The vertical posts are notched into the flooring for a cleaner look. They were also spaced a specific length apart so that the horizontal boards being attached to them did not need to be cut in order to fit, however it wouldn’t be hard to cut the boards if your porch is a little shorter. Just make sure you don’t put the vertical posts too far apart!
Starting to build up the walls with horizontal 2×6 boards that are 8 to 10 feet long (which is why the spacing with the vertical posts are important).
Framing the ceiling of the porch!
Using temporary supports in the framing process.
Top view of the beginning roof frame with the temporary support.
Cross beams are going up!
Unfortunately, some of the smaller beams warped in the sun!
They started putting up the side wall of the porch in order to keep things moving along!
It’s really starting to take shape and is already beautiful! Both walls are up and the roof is framed!
Once again, pay attention to the spacing, not only to make additional steps easier, but also for the aesthetic aspect since you will be able to see the beams from under the porch!
Personally, I like the look of this, with the open roof line. More of a pergola look except that the cross beams are extending out instead of being framed in (and you would be closer to being done if you didn’t move forward with a covered roof).
Starting with the roof!
Metal roofing is a great way to go!
Not only does it come in sheets that are easy to put up making a quick install, but it sounds beautiful in the rain!
Finished with the wood! They kept the natural look, but it would be fun to stain or paint the wood as well!
They added some LED lights to the vertical posts in the porch, making it very inviting and cozy!
The outdoor furniture helps to tie it all together!
Finished and ready for their next party! This porch looks like it has always been a part of this house!
Their cat definitely approves of this awesome porch!
Here is the picture of the finished project so you can see what it looks like in the evening! Personally, I would like to have more of a pergola rooftop but my husband would most likely prefer this so you can use it in all types of weather.
I can’t wait for us to get the keys to our own home so that we can start working on making the backyard all that I dream it will be! I have so many fun backyard plans to make our backyard the best backyard in the neighborhood and I think building a porch like this one is on the top of that list! I think I’m even okay giving up my pergola idea, since my husband is so against the idea of having an open roof above my porch.