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Well, I spent several hours last night designing the porch layout. The hardrest part was trying to get a balance of symmetry because the existing stairs and door opening are off to one side, and I really wanted something that was aesthetically pleasing as well as structurally strong.

Trust me, it wasn't easy.

I finally ended up with something that is symmetrical, uses stock windows, and has structural members that are close enough together to handle the load on the roof. And as it turns out, it's almost all glass. Ten windows and a door. And it's tight-- I don't have a whole lot of wiggle room. I might look into the next size down for windows, but these almost exactly match the door width. And I have to admit that a mostly-glass porch is a kind of a nifty idea.

I don't have the height of the windows yet, but that's not as critical. I have some leeway in the design, and the stock windows come in enough varying heights to make it unlikely I can't find something.

Next I have to work on the elevation drawings.


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Sep. 22nd, 2004 06:57 am (UTC)
Those in glass houses...
Something to consider about the mostly-glass approach is heating/cooling and insulation costs. I don't know if your porch is heated or not, but it can be a pain to regulate the temp in glass porches.

And as I'm learning, blinds are wicked expensive.
Sep. 22nd, 2004 11:08 am (UTC)
Re: Those in glass houses...
So are windows.

Low-E glass, argon-filled double pane...

Currently the porch isn't heated or cooled. I will be insulating it as much as possible, and I'm considering in-floor radiant heat, but yes it is certainly a concern.
Sep. 22nd, 2004 08:33 am (UTC)
Very cool. I didn't know you were handy. I need to work on my bathroom. I have to wire the whole thing and it is taking me a month to even get in the room. I hate being so busy that I can't get it done :(
Sep. 22nd, 2004 11:10 am (UTC)
I am most definitely handy: I do plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and I'm learning tile work and welding. And I also do photography, cinematography, sound design, and production.
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