The first impression a visitor has of your home is the entrance. An ideal way of showcasing the front of your home is to add a modern stylish bespoke porch.
A porch does more than add additional space to your home. A porch can add extra security benefits by providing a barrier between your front door and the outside world, while at the same time increasing your home’s energy efficiency by preventing the heat escaping and helping you save a little on your energy bills – by tailoring the roof, brick detail, windows and door options to your personal requirements you can give your property that ‘Wow’ factor, by creating a new and stunning entrance.
Building a porch is an important decision. One of the benefits of using Access Builders & Loft Conversions Ltd is the expert care you’ll receive from planning your porch right through to the build and installation.
Porch Ideas and Design
The range of porches offered by Access Builders are made to measure and designed to complement the individual style of your property. One of the most important aspects of a new porch is to integrate it into your existing home so that it doesn’t appear like a ‘barnacle’ on the front of your house. A good brick match is essential, and costs may be slightly higher than average if, for example, you need to incorporate a slate roof on the porch to match the rest of your home.
There are many different design choices when it come to building a new porch, from window designs, front door options, different roof styles, right down to the minute details such as choosing a vaulted ceiling, spot lighting or fancy door handles etc. It’s totally up to the individual whether they want to create a bold entrance for your visitors or a seamless extension from your existing home.
Here are some Porch designs to give you an idea – choice of roof designs include; pitched, gable end pitched, double hipped to wall, double hipped to ridge, single hipped or a simple flat roof.
Access Builders & Loft Conversions Ltd will be more than happy to advise you on the best possible solution. So step into your home through your very own creation and let us help you to design your porch by calling 01257 464302.
Porch Extension Costs
Before going ahead with any new building project it’s always advisable to sit down and do some research and then prepare a realistic budget.
There are a number of components to take into consideration when undertaking a porch extension, but the average price for a 3m2 porch constructed in brick with a concrete floor, partial double glazing, tiled roof and a composite door is around £4000.00 – £4500.00 for the build only, obviously depending on the design. Then you have to take into consideration the flooring and decoration. The choice of flooring can have a dramatic effect on the cost. On average, wooden or laminate flooring will cost £14 – £16 per m2 (fit only) then you have to buy the flooring on top. Carpet covering on the other hand will cost anything from £18 up wards per m2, while tiling will cost the most at approximately £25-£30 per m2 (lay only), again you then have to purchase the tiles. If you don’t want to do the decoration yourself, then allow £100 – £120 in the budget to cover the interior painting.
The planning rules for a porch is applicable to any external door to the dwelling house. Adding a porch to any external door of your home is considered to be ‘permitted development’ and as such, will not require an application submitted to the local Planning Department provided that:
- the ground floor area (measured externally) does not exceed three square metres.
- no part would be more than three metres above ground level (height needs to be measured in the same way as for a house extension).
- no part of the porch would be within two metres of any boundary of the dwelling house and the highway.
If you need planning permission, Access Builders can take care of that too!!
Once all the above are established, the next step is to find a trusted, accredited local contractor to carry out the work. With many years experience within the building trade, while employing professional time served trades people and using only the highest quality materials; Access Builders & Loft Conversions Ltd are well equipped to build you a fantastic porch and add ‘curb’ appeal to your home.