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  1. #1
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    Default adding a porch to the house

    hello all

    well i would appreciate some help here
    i want to add a porch to my house, it has a brick veneer front and i would like to add the porch here.
    so my question is what to use to attach the boards to the house, and what if any type of moisture control should i use here.
    i am not going to put a roof on this porch so water will be able to hit this area.
    thanks

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    Default Re: adding a porch to the house

    Tim,

    Where do you live?

    Whenever possible, its my preference to build the deck as a separate structure from the house with a gap in between. This is for a couple of reasons;

    1- Termites can't jump the gap
    2- Ants can't jump the gap
    3- Water (rot) can't jump the gap
    4- If the house shifts, the deck stays solid
    5- If the deck shifts, the house stays solid
    6- If you want to change the deck there is no interference from the house
    7- The house can be restored to original with no damage.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: adding a porch to the house

    kansas city


    how much of a space would you suggest??

  4. #4
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    Default Re: adding a porch to the house

    Check your local building code before anything - and get a building permit.

    If your house or porch "shifts" enough to affect the build, you have more problems than you know.

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