Cost of Building a New Porch
How much does it cost to build a porch?
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 Description||Duration||Material Cost||Labour Cost|
|Edwardian uPVC Porch||1-2 Weeks||£1500-£2000||£150-£250 per labourer daily|
|Brick Porch||1-2 weeks||£1200-£1700||£150-£250 per labourer daily.|
|Aluminium Porch||3-5 days||£1800-£2200||£150-£250 per labourer daily|
|Lean to porch||1-2 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.
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.
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.
How long will it take to build my porch?
Can I custom order materials?
Can I hire anyone?
- build porch - renew front (currently block paved) - some replacement windows uPVC
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Submitted by Stephen
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Submitted by Lawrence
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