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Need help deciding what to do with old porch...

Posted by hwhl (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 2, 12 at 21:36

Hi everyone,

I'm so glad I found this forum because there is so many knowledgeable people here! Here's my question. I live in NJ and have a back porch (aluminum) on which the previous owners put in screened windows (the cheapest kind). This "sunroom" is not insulated in any way, the floor is rotten, the windows can't stay open and it's all a big mess, so it obviously has to be demolished. Plus, it's very small (12 x 8). We're trying to decide what to put in its place. Since it has a perfectly good roof, one option would be to do a covered porch (same size). Another is to do a full blown sunroom with insulation, etc. (this can be bigger). And the third is to get rid of the roof and build a deck - I don't know what size of deck is acceptable.

There is a big patio right next to the porch that we use for grilling and hanging out, so we probably won't get much use of either of the options. Maybe we'll have breakfast there once in a while but other than that it's just going to be something that's there for the next buyer. With that in mind, which option would you suggest?

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RE: Need help deciding what to do with old porch...

If you don't think you'll use it much, I'd go the least expensive route, which would probably be the covered porch. The roof is an asset imo since it's in good shape.

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