Trying to see the yard through the porch posts

old porch picture

Before – the beams were so close together that the family couldn’t enjoy the view of their yard.

When these Oak Ridge NC homeowners called us, they had a large screened porch with posts every 3 feet. They wanted to remodel their screened porch and most importantly, they wanted to be able to enjoy the view from their porch without so many supports. Any time you want to move supports, it’s important to carefully evaluate the construction to determine if those supports are load bearing and to see if there are any other architectural issues.

In order to really understand if these supports could go from 3′ apart to 4′ apart, we climbed up on a ladder and really took a look at it.

The reason for the short distant between the supporting 2 X 4s is because the screen porch had been built like you would frame for an interior house wall. That worked okay with the supports the way they were. But to remove half of the 2 X 4’s without installing a new support header to the existing roof would have been disastrous down the road for the room because of the lack of support.

Screened porch interior Oak Ridge TNThe homeowners secured 3 quotes and we were the only ones to climb up on the roof to determine the additional construction required to spread out the roof supports. Because we were adding extra construction with the new header, our price quote was higher. But, we could ensure that their porch would still be standing in a couple years.

In the photo to the left, you can see the header beam which sits right below the ceiling. That beam along with the 4′ apart supports makes the room strong enough to last through the years.

Below you’ll see how the exterior of this Oak Ridge screened porch looks now.

Oak Ridge NC screen porch

If you’re considering adding a porch or outdoor living structure to your Greensboro/Winston Salem area home, give us a call for a free consultation at (336) 664 – 1332
piedmonttriad@archadeck.net

To see more pictures, take a look at our screened porch photo gallery on our website.

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