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More stories about Porches

  • Sealers for Porch Floors

    Q. Sealers for Porch Floors We just installed a T&G fir floor on a covered porch that the customer plans to have painted in the spring. I would prefer to at least seal the wood against the weather until the painter has a chance to prime and top-coat the f

  • Building a Curved Portico

    Synthetic millwork gives this front entry porch a classic look.

  • Enclosing a Front Porch

    It used to be that on warm afternoons folks would sit out on the front porch to catch some air and chat with passersby strolling down the sidewalk.

  • In The News

    Study links unvented gas heaters and asthma symptoms; Florida builders issue waterproofing guidelines; New Jersey's affordable-housing fray; Chicago porch-collapse update; more

  • Creating a Sense of Shelter on a Large Lot

    Designers sometimes use the phrase "prospect and refuge" to describe a pleasing environment that offers a good view of its surroundings while still providing a comforting sense of shelter.

  • A Curved Porch on a Grand Scale

    A Rhode Island builder uses an I-joist layout grid to ensure accurate layout of the column piers for a complex porch.

  • Design: Front Porches That Work

    Inviting front porches

  • In the News

    Fatal porch collapse highlights flimsy connections, self-draining housewrap, new wood preservatives raise corrosion questions

  • Q&A: Lumber Choices

    Q. I recently requested a quote for 1x4 T&G fir for a covered porch. The lumber supplier added two new species, meranti and Brazilian redwood, to the quote list. How do those woods stack up against Douglas fir, which has been used traditionally for porch floors in my area? I plan to paint all sides...

  • Repairing Cantilevered Balconies

    Unless flashed properly, cantilevered deck joists provide a path for rainwater to soak the wall framing. In this story, a specialty remodeler tells how he deals with the consequences.