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House Renovations: Week 10, Building a Door Roof {or How Awesome is my Daddy?}

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Last week was devoted entirely to Haven for me and I have been completely exhausted after a week of running like crazy, but my daddy was hard at work at the house, getting a couple more things accomplished.  I’ll do a recap on Haven on Tuesday and it was SO fabulous, I hardly have words to express it all. I’m still on a Haven high!  I did get some great sleep last night, so I’m feeling like a human being again.

But, back to the house.  So many wonderful girls from Haven asked me about the house and told me how excited they are for me and this house.   They asked me if I was bringing my mom and dad to Haven, but I didn’t get them there.  Everyone wanted to meet them, but they would have been so out of their element!

Back door before

Here’s the little back door that goes outside from my laundry room/storage area downstairs.  My daddy is one who loves to put a roof over a doorway like this.  He likes to protect doors from the elements and they definitely do last longer when protected from the weather.  So, with my Lowes Creative Ideas blogging opportunity for June, we are going to add a cover over this door.

cover over door

He went and bought lumber to get started and this was the very beginning that I snapped pics of at dusk one afternoon. That daddy of mine is so good at all of this and I’m grateful to have him.

door cover in progress

He framed in the top and sloped a short roof.  We’ll eventually put a metal roof on top.

back door roof

And here it is all framed in and almost finished.  The metal roof will go on top of this and it will all get painted out white.  Note:  we ended up using shingles and not a metal roof, which worked out great too.

side view 2

Isn’t it cute?


Close up of the brackets.  We’ll add a bit more trim and then it will be done.

close up brackets

My daddy is so smart!

side view

I love it, it’s so cute and will look so great when painted. Now hopefully this door will not get water damage. We had noticed that a bit of water comes in by this door when it rains, so it will be interesting to see if this stops it. Hope so!


I never showed you the finished master bedroom paint, so here is Moderate White (SW) again. I’m keeping my bedroom light and airy too and will probably keep my blue and white and add some green splashes in here.  Lots of greens and blues in this house this time around.  Love those 2 colors together.

bathroom sink gone

Another thing my dad got done was tearing out the old vanity sink cabinet from in here.  This will be a great space for my antique vanity.

sink gone

Can’t wait to use it!


And here’s the extra bedroom with Moderate White.

I’m loving the house so far, it is so much fun to see it come alive.  I know you all are so excited for me.  And a big shout out to Lowes for providing a giftcard for this project. That has been such a help to me to get this house finished.

Here’s some exciting news too!  Lowes is giving away a $100 giftcard for ONE of my readers.  Leave a comment telling me what outdoor project you would work on if you win.

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Ever visit a friend who'd just finished a serious renovation? Did you have that grudging admiration heading up the new walkway, that slight hollow in the belly as you climbed the steps to the new front door?

New Take on Tradition

A gabled portico with six tapered columns (above) and a fanciful interpretation of a fanlight — a half-round cut-out in the gable with wrought-iron grillwork — gives presence to the entry of this newly built seaside "cottage" but keeps the mood informal. To add another level of detail, architect Thad Siemasko inlaid a band of purpleheart wood in the white-painted trim surrounding the the door and sidelights. The fieldstone on the stair risers and the shingles and wood trim on the gable echo elements used elsewhere on the house.

Well, that's all just envy. What you should have sensed was what your buddy surely intended: a greeting at the gateway to his home that felt like a good handshake: solid, friendly, and wanting to impress.

A well-designed entryway delivers just that, making anyone passing through it feel a little important and very welcome. "What's key," says Thad Siemasko, the architect who designed the house shown here, "is that an entry be inviting, and that it enhance the character of your house."

From a practical standpoint, it should provide a place for packages and mail, and give visitors well-lit shelter from the elements. "It's not very gracious to make guests stand in the pouring rain," comments architect McKee Patterson, who says about half of his renovation projects include improving the entryway. "Think of the area as an extension of your foyer."

Yet many homes do have entries that are less than gracious, especially if they were put up in the past 40 years. If yours falls into that camp, adding an entry porch, or portico, is one sure way to endow it with a friendlier facade. Often it's the one feature that gives a plain house character.

If you want to open the door to that kind of improvement, read on — you'll find the best advice This Old House has to offer.

Photo by Peyton Hoge

A Matter of Style

A well-designed entry should reflect the architectural heritage of the house, set the stage for what's to come once you enter, and address a few practical concerns. It should be appropriately scaled to its surroundings: Consider the two-story porch on a Southern plantation house, or the simple header and wide trim boards used on a small, vintage Colonial. "Think of an entry not as a separate entity but as part of a whole," says McKee Patterson, whose architectural firm is located in Southport, Connecticut. "All the elements should work together as a composition, so it looks like it's always been there."

Ideally, an entry should offer some overhead protection, not just to shelter guests but also to keep the door from being pounded by the elements. Sometimes this shelter is already built into the style of a house — there are deep roof eaves over the door, say, or a full front porch with a recessed entry; then you can concentrate on improving the landing, lighting, and front door itself. Otherwise, you may be looking at renovating or adding on a separate portico roof. These can range from a simple gable overhang supported by wooden brackets to a wide semicircular flat roof with stately columns beneath. Perhaps the most traditional take is a classical pediment supported by two or more columns, a form that has reigned over American doors since the Greek Revival period of the mid-19th century.

Because doors are always built above grade, steps and a landing also factor into the entryway equation. "Even a step-up of six inches creates a nice threshold," says Patterson. If there is a natural stone walkway or garden path nearby, stone steps can connect the entry to the surrounding landscape. The steps can also echo a material used on the house itself. A brick house with matching brick steps has a cohesive look, as do wooden steps and railings detailed or painted to match window, porch, or roof trim.

The front door should have much more detail than the rest of the house because it will be viewed from just inches away, says architect Thad Siemasko. He likes to accent door trim with exotic wood inlays and incorporate decorative motifs that mirror trim details used elsewhere on the house. Sidelights, and a transom or fanlight above the door, can add period detail and also bring light into a dark vestibule.

Photo by Peyton Hoge

Practical Pointers

An entryway landing should be at least 6 feet wide, so two people can stand side by side at the door, says architect and TOH contributor Duo Dickinson, whose bold entryways are one of his signatures. And it should be at least 4 feet deep, so an outswinging storm door won't send visitors tumbling off the steps. Homes with a small vestibule benefit from a larger entry porch landing; building in benches makes it convenient to remove boots, or set down groceries while you unlock the door.

To shed rain effectively, the porch overhang needs to be a minimum of 2 1/2 feet deep, but it should generally cover the whole depth of the landing. If it's gabled, rain will naturally drain off the sides, but a shed roof (a flat roof that slopes forward) will need a gutter along the front edge. For those who live in cold climates, radiant heat underneath the entry landing and stairs is a luxurious way to keep the porch clear of ice and snow.

While an entry needs to be lit for safety and security, lighting also creates a mood. Typically, there's a pendant or recessed fixture in the ceiling of the overhang to illuminate the landing. Wall sconces flanking the door accent the door itself and usually reflect the style of the house: Curved copper onion lamps might accent a Colonial Revival house, for instance, and rectangular bronze lanterns could be used on a Craftsman bungalow. Sconces are a good place to put your money because these will be seen up close by visitors, says Dickinson, who is based in Madison, Connecticut.

So close, in fact, that Dickinson cautions against making your entry glaring; the goal should be a warm glow. "Too many entryways I see are overlit," he says. "Where there are sidelights, the light coming from inside the house can be quite significant." For the best lighting control, he recommends putting entryway lights on a dimmer switch.

Photo by Keith Scott Morton

Building to Last

Because they are very exposed to the elements, entries get especially weather-beaten. Cedar, redwood, and mahogany are all good choices for wood trim elements, says This Old House general contractor Tom Silva. "These days we're also using a lot more man-made materials, like cellular PVC trim, which lasts forever and is impervious to water."

Columns are a particular weak point because water is wicked up by the base, even on an elevated porch, causing them to rot. Wood columns built to last should be raised up off the landing, using special galvanized metal brackets. Tom hides the gap around the bottom with baseboard material — preferably cellular PVC stock. All wood columns should be treated thoroughly with a water-repellent wood preservative before being painted, or sealed and treated with an exterior stain.

Brackets that support an entry roof need to be substantial — at least 4 inches in both dimensions, says Dickinson, who prefers brackets made of laminated redwood stock. Some contractors make brackets out of solid cedar fence-post material, which can be cut and shaped using a router.

All brackets should be anchored to the wall with galvanized or stainless steel lag bolts and attached not to the sheathing but to the structure of the house. Tom recommends hiring an engineer if you're planning to support a sizable roof on brackets, especially in snow country. But wherever you live, even small overhangs should be built to be as strong as any other roof. Siding on the house at the roofline must be removed before roof installation, and the sheathing should be flashed with a waterproof membrane and metal sheets.

When in doubt, Tom says, it doesn't hurt to "overbuild" an entryway. Nothing looks more unwelcoming than a sagging, poorly made portico. "It's a relatively small element of the house, so the materials won't break your budget," he says, and considering the dual benefits of good looks and function, it's home-improvement money well spent.

Photo by Keith Scott Morton
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Choosing the correct overhang and roofing for your porch can boost your home’s curb appeal as well as shield you from the elements. The porch overhang should be at least 12 inches long but can vary based on your area’s climate. Today we’ll be looking at 15 porch overhang and roof ideas to help you make the best choice.

A colonial brick house with covered back porch with large yard, 15 Porch Overhang And Roof Ideas To Inspire You

1. Gable

Stone and wood front porch entryway to upscale country house with open front door and paving stone driveway

The gable entryway is one of the most commonly seen porch overhangs. Its wide, triangular shape is flattering and customizable to any home’s exterior, no matter how simple. Plus, the angled shape of the gable overhang allows for adequate water runoff. 

2. Shed

These downward sloping roofs are easy to build with minimal materials. Like the gable roof, they are ideal for snow and water runoff. This type of roof looks best when covering a smaller area and, therefore, will make a perfect addition to your porch. 

3. Pergola

Luxury garden furniture at the patio

Typically seen in gardens and walkways, you can also incorporate these beautiful structures into your porch roof. The pergola’s original design consists of beams and rafters with an open top. To shelter yourself from the elements and to admire the beauty of a pergola, make a covering out of clear roofing panels. 

4. Hip

Hip, or hipped roofs, slant downwards on all sides, allowing for overhang all around. They are sturdy, especially in windy climates, and allow for rain and snow water runoff. Hip roofs are one of the most commonly seen porch roofs in the United States because the attractive design adds curb appeal to your home. 

5. Bonnet

Bonnet roofs are double sloped. The lower slope sits at a lesser angle than the top of the roof, allowing for the porch overhang. This type of roof is more expensive to construct than more simple designs, and extra waterproofing measures need to be implemented because water tends to pool where the slopes meet. 

6. Flat

Flat porch roofs are an excellent choice for two-story homes because upper-level windows have unobstructed views. The picture shows a flat entrance and porch roof, creating a cohesive design. Flat roofs need to have proper waterproof protection, as they do not allow for adequate runoff and may leak. 

7. Curved

The curved porch overhang is modern and unique. The best building material is metal, as it is easily pliable and keeps construction costs minimal. You can customize the arch’s slope to provide proper protection for where you live, meaning a lower pitch would do better in high wind climates, while a higher slope would be ideal for snowy climates to allow for runoff. 

8. Hexagonal

Adding a hexagonal roof to your porch is like adding a gazebo to your home! This design looks beautiful as a screened-in or open porch and will add charm and style to your home’s exterior. 

9. Gambrel

Suburban house, front yard and façade with vibrant green lawn in the summer

Gambrel roofs look similar to barn roofs. They are typically seen on log homes, farmhouses, and Dutch Colonial homes like the one pictured. These roofs are not the best choice for high wind areas or where significant snowfall is likely. Proper waterproofing measures and routine maintenance can keep your porch roof looking like new.  

10. Glass

English conservatory sunroom with modern furniture

Glass-enclosed porches are also known as sunrooms. They protect from the outdoor elements while allowing the comfort of indoors. Glass windows and ceilings allow for an extensive view. Many can be used year-round, depending on how well they’re insulated. 

11. Canopy

Canopy door overhangs are ideal for those of us who don’t have a lot of space. These quaint porch overhangs come in various colors and styles to match any outside décor and offer adequate protection against the weather. Like the one pictured, many are attached to wooden posts to allow for a small seating area, while some simply hang above your door. 

12. Juliet Awning

The Juliet awning is straight on the top with deeply curved sides. This type of porch overhang is typically constructed from metal and comes in various colors. Pair a smaller Juliet awning with decorative scroll brackets to add a bit of cottage charm to any dwelling. 

13. Retractable Awning

Choose a retractable awning if you’d like to add a roof to your deck or patio. They can be mounted directly to your home’s exterior wall and are available in motorized or manual hand-crank models. These awnings let you decide how much coverage, if any, you want for your porch.  

14. Screened-In 

Hot summer's evening on the screened-in porch

Nothing beats the comfort of indoors while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, and with a screened-in porch, you can have the best of both worlds! Mesh screens protect you from outdoor pests like bees and flies while still allowing for sufficient airflow. 

15. Pyramid

Pyramid roofs work well for smaller porches. The four-sided structure is a superior force against strong winds and allows for water runoff thanks to its downward sloping design. This roofing type is very similar to the hip type roof, with the only difference being the pointed top.

Thanks for reading our 15 porch overhang and roof ideas. For more ideas and inspirations for your roofing needs, be sure to read:

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