A local client who recently moved to a 1920’s Arts and Crafts thatched house sought designs for a new oak framed porch as part of a wider refurbishment of the property. The brief was to remove the existing “Eastern” style porch, that is understood to be a later edition, to what was originally the rear of the property.
Removal of old porch
The existing porch had a shallow lead finished roof that ran from a central apex and the height was limited by the window above and height of the front door. This proved particularly challenging as the client wanted to retain the existing floor level, but with new thicker stone slabs and the first floor window remaining as the limit for the maximum height.
After removal of the old porch all the heights were checked before installation was started, with the new york flagstones forming the new base.
The oak framing was pre-fabricated in the workshop to keep the on-site work to a minimum. This also ensured all of the brackets could be accurately fitted and the holes for the oak pegs offset to ensure joints were pulled tight as the pegs with installed.
The erection of the main oak frame required the assistance of a JCB to lift the main front beam into place which had to have the brackets inserted and the beam was placed on the vertical posts.
All the oak was sand-blasted before the roof was boarded and slated, to remove saw and construction marks and staining.
The finished design had vertical posts in the side window area, a rendered finish below the sills and slate roof finished with a zinc gutter along the front. The tolerances were tight but the roof pitch met the minimum standards. A small bench was supplied from left-over oak to give the porch a final touch.