Comments on: Can I Turn My Porch into a Room? http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/turn-porch-room/ Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:45:36 -0500 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.6 By: frankschulteladbeck http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/turn-porch-room/#comment-9273 Wed, 01 May 2013 14:20:11 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=2007#comment-9273 Thank you!

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By: Sam http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/turn-porch-room/#comment-9272 Sun, 28 Apr 2013 02:34:26 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=2007#comment-9272 Thanks for posting this. it rectifies my reservations on a enclosed porch that was built without permit on my 1960 Nebraska house. I should have torn the thing off when i moved in. Naive me has put $ into the roof, $/time into reinforcing the framing, etc over the last 7-8 years. I want to rip out rotten the wood floor this year & put a concrete slab down. Just strongly desire a stable floor,get rid of the wild animals that hide there, more clearance to the ceiling so I can put in an outdoor fan & maybe move the washer/dryer & dog kennel out there – no desire to enlarge the living space. I have not found any footings on it. I dunno if I should dig a trench in 2-3 foot sections and make a foundation that way… ug! Your article has helped me at least know that what the contractors have told me over the years is hooey. I don’t like fixing anything more then once :)

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By: frankschulteladbeck http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/turn-porch-room/#comment-5215 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:58:39 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=2007#comment-5215 Hello Lois,
It might be safe to say that you are looking at a figure between the two. What you will need is a structural engineer. He will evaluate the foundation needs, and draw up plans for the contractor. These plans could then be submitted for the building permit. Considering that the deck is already handling the weight of a hip roof, the additional piers would have to handle the weight of the wall framing and material, insulation, windows, doors, duct work for air conditioning, and electrical work with fixtures. This means that you can have a pier and beam foundation for this room, so you may only need a few extra piers; some reinforcement for the beams may be needed. If trying to go with a slab foundation, we can be discussing more money. In that case, the existing supports would be removed as the slab is poured.

The structural engineer can give you the best cost analysis of the project, since he will know what needs to be done. In the long run, his service would save you money.

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By: Lois March http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/turn-porch-room/#comment-5214 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:33:54 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=2007#comment-5214 I am having thoughts like your wife. With the heat, we have had, the past 3 years, I am not using the porch like I used to. Also since my pool was damaged in a major storm, a couple of years ago, I had to take it down so now the grandkids don’t come like they used to. I would like to use the space for a great sewing/quilting room. Mine is built like a deck ,20’x18′, but 4″x4″ posts (in concrete)were brought up and a hip roof added to join the house. The floor is level with the house. I know it would need a foundation under it but have no idea what kind of costs it would be. I would not put windows all the way around but enough to give light. I know I would need to insulate and add some sort of heat/air. Of course, drywall,and a door going out. Am I talking 10,000 or $40,000?

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By: frankschulteladbeck http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/turn-porch-room/#comment-5213 Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:35:18 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=2007#comment-5213 I have been in your area quite a bit lately, and I have seen some wonderful porches with great views. No, my wife has not managed to turn it into a room yet. I have been building outdoor furniture for a few rooms: the porch in the backyard; the porch in the front yard; and an outdoor kitchen area; so she is happy enough. She is bothered by some birds over the back porch though. Good luck with your plans. I hope that you will have some good views from the planned sunroom/office.

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By: Mey http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/turn-porch-room/#comment-5212 Sun, 12 Aug 2012 03:28:39 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=2007#comment-5212 So, did your wife ever get her added room? I’m curious if it is at all possible to be done when taking the proper route and not cutting corners. I own what I believe to be a 1950s-60s Ranch house between Austin and San Antonio. It truly is a beautiful home in an older neighborhood where younger couples and families in their late 20s to 30s are moving in and fixing them up. I love being outside on the porch, but I feel like I just don’t get any use out of it and I’m wanting to convert it into a tv room/ small office. I’m glad I found your blog because I had the same thought process as your wife did.

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