Build some cover
Many houses in my neighbourhood feature a plain entryway with two or three steps. Kinda bland – and impractical. I’ll drive by and see homeowners carrying bags of groceries getting soaked in the rain as they struggle to open the front door. A covered entryway would keep themand add a shady place to sit on summer afternoons.
When designed and built right, this covered, comfy entry will lift a home’s kerb appeal through the roof!
Note: Before you begin, check with local council for necessary permits or approvals.
Phase 1: The foundation
Begin construction by installing the support system for the roof. This includes footings, posts and beams to carry the entire structure.
Determine the depth and width of the entryway roof and mark the corners. We designed this one to be 16 ft (4.8m) wide and 10 ft (3m) deep. The front is cantilevered past the posts by 600mm, so the footings are placed eight feet (2.4m) away and parallel with the front of the house.