Re-building porch

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Re-building porch

Postby helencg » Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:48 pm

Hi there,

I have a strange question. We need to get a new porch designed and built for our 1890 house. We have some ideas of what we want, but what is the most cost-effective way to do this? Do we need an architect, e.g. to make sure the proportions are correct? Who do we get to actually build it? (It would be brick with woodwork, so do we need a builder and a carpenter?) Just don't know where to start! Any ideas?

Thanks!

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Postby James » Mon May 07, 2007 11:33 pm

Common sense is a good starting point with building work. And a bit of your own confidence. Assuming that your house is not particularly special, a good builder should be able to do the whole job, based on your thoughts. A poor builder will be a disaster from the design/aesthetic point of view. Finding a good, sympathetic builder is the tricky bit. Have a look at local building sites and look for somebody who is doing what looks like a good job. Beware, many builders will not be interested in such a small job.
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Re: Re-building porch

Postby GilcaArchaeology » Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:42 am

[quote="helencg"]Hi there,

You can always call your local planning officer at the council or speak to a conservation officer as well. They can always put you in the right direction.
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