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  • Cost of Building a New Porch

    How much does it cost to build a porch?

    Average cost for a 3 metre porch will run between £3000 to £5000

    To install a new porch, set aside a minimum of 1-4 weeks for construction and completion.

    £3500

    A new porch is a great addition to any home. A nice place to relax and unwind after a long day. A great place to spend time with the family and for those who are selling their home it is the perfect way to improve curb appeal and increase the asking price when you do list the property.

    Building a new porch is costly and it is time consuming. Therefore, it is a project you want to hire a specialist to perform. One which will not only take the time in design and execution but also use the best material finishes to ensure stability once it is completed outside the home.

    It is important to build something that looks natural. You want the porch to fit the decor and theme of your home. The company you hire should work with you in design and listen to your desires to ensure they can deliver and develop a porch which will truly depict the image you have in mind.

    Understanding this is a timely and costly undertaking is the first step in executing and installing a new porch. So, let's take a look at what it is actually going to cost to complete.

    Cost to install your porch.

    Job DescriptionDurationMaterial CostLabour Cost
    Edwardian uPVC Porch1-2 Weeks£1500-£2000£150-£250 per labourer daily
    Brick Porch1-2 weeks£1200-£1700£150-£250 per labourer daily.
    Aluminium Porch3-5 days£1800-£2200£150-£250 per labourer daily
    Lean to porch1-2 Weeks£2500£150-£250 per labourer daily.

    All of the above costs and durations are averages only and will vary depending upon location, complexity of job, etc.

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    Things to consider when building a porch

    When you are ready to build a new porch you have to choose the best contractor. You want to hire a company which will discuss design, implement your ideas, listen to your desires and work out a design you will love for a reasonable price.

    In addition to choosing the right company, material, finishes and overall design has to be taken into consideration. Not only to determine the duration to complete but also to ensure you can afford the new porch you are going to have built outside the home.

    If you desire custom paint, design, detail work make sure you budget accordingly. Most contractors will charge additional fees for this so keep this in mind when deciding on the ornate detail work you would like to see on the new porch.

    Lastly, make sure you have a full written quote and guarantees. Not only so you know exactly what you are paying for the design and finish but also so you know how long until completion and what guarantees you have if you are not happy with the final design.

    Doing it Yourself

    This is a complex project. It will take a minimum of 2-3 weeks to complete. It requires a great deal of knowledge with materials, design and execution. For these reasons, this job is best left to licensed professionals as opposed to attempting to design and build your new porch yourself due to the complexity of the job. You will also want to make sure that the porch fits within building regulations so if you ever sell your property you will have the correct paperwork.

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    Hiring a porch designer/builder

    • Hire a company which works with you on design
    • Make sure they will include detail work and materials you want for your new porch
    • Consider if they will do custom design work if required
    • Make sure they work on foundational aspects before construction commences so that your porch is on level/even ground

    Hiring a Tradesman Checklist

    • Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
    • Never pay the full amount upfront.
    • Get the quote in writing.
    • For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
    • On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
    • Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
    • Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.

    FAQ's

    How long will it take to build my porch?
    For a simple 3 metre porch you can set aside a minimum of 1-2 weeks. This is from the design phase through to construction if there are no setbacks along the way.
    Can I custom order materials?
    Yes, but bear in mind this will take longer since contractors have to wait for supplies and it is going to cost more for them to build the porch depending on what you have requested
    Can I hire anyone?
    If possible you should hire a company which specializes in new porch construction. This guarantees they have the right team in place, materials and will know the proper method to execute the design, development and construction phases all the way through.

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