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ADDING ON A PORCH

Adding on a porch offers plenty of benefits for both the homeowner and the renter. For the renter, a porch provides a great place to enjoy the great outdoors and soak up all that Mother Nature has to offer in your backyard. For the homeowner, a porch will add value to the home, making it an easier sell for the next renter or homeowner down the road. Porches come in all different sizes and options so be sure to consider what you are looking for and speak to your landlord about adding on a porch to your home.

Porch Selection

If you are looking to add an outdoor living space to your home, or attaching a portable garage, then you will need to discuss your ideas with your landlord. Your landlord may be happy to pay for a porch addition or may be willing to split the costs with you. If not, then you might choose to build a porch and pay for it with your own money; however, you still need to have permission from your landlord. Run by all your plans and make sure he is completely on board. Although adding a porch will add value to the home in the long run, your landlord may have other plans for the house and thus you need to be sure that you are both on the same page when adding a porch to the home.

Most porches are made out of either concrete or timber depending on what the house is made out of, where you live and how much you are willing to spend. Porches will connect to the house through a door. Some porches wrap around the entire house but most will be around the same size as a standard living room or kitchen area. You may want to build the porch in the front yard to enjoy the breezes and the view or you may choose to keep the porch in the back yard for more privacy. When you are looking for a porch you need to consider your budget as well as what will complement the home.

When it comes to building a porch you will need to get approval from the council and be sure that your porch in up to building code standards. This is why it is critical that you work with a building company that knows what they are doing, are completely trustworthy and fully licensed. In most instances adding on a porch is not a DIY job unless you are a tradesperson or builder. If this is the case, then all you need is a slab of concrete, some pavers and a long weekend to get the job done right. If you are building the porch yourself you will still need to get approval from your landlord as well as the council. Adding a porch will change the appraisal of the home as well as the insurance and other documentation.

Decorating your Porch

How you choose to decorate your additional porch will depend on what you have and what vision you are going for. Most porches will provide a place for the family to dine al fresco and may include an outdoor table with chairs, a barbeque, a few hanging baskets and plants for ambiance and maybe an outdoor fridge for beer and other beverages. Some people choose to put a hot tub or spa on their porch while others may include a hammock, a few sun-tanning chairs, children's toys or even gym equipment. There is no right or wrong way to decorate your porch - it is your living area and thus your choice.

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