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Trending Now: Porch Roofs

By Cabin Fervor (formerly Thirtyeight20) on Sep 16, 2013

Would you believe I have an English degree from an Ivy League university, yet I had to sit here and noodle for a few moments over whether it is spelled 'roofs' or 'rooves'? Yikes. Even still, I figured it out much faster than it has taken Ez and I to figure out what exactly to do about the actual porch roof on our house.

Curb appeal has been a major challenge here since day one, and although we have a long way to go overall, the house itself is much improved. But we still really need a porch roof -- not only for curb appeal, but also for not getting soaked while you try to unlock the front door while wrangling a toddler and 42 other things when it's raining. The problem is, our roof really has to be just right -- design, proportion, materials, everything -- in order to cohesively bring all the elements of the house together. Finding the sweet spot between form and function is the key here, and that is a little daunting for me.

Gah... I really wish we'd stained the gable instead of painting it. Too late now though. Moving on.

After looking at countless roofs as we drive around (and of course scouring Pinterest), we've decided we both really like the roof design of first picture. It's simple and architectural, and we could use old rustic timbers to make it flow with the logs and the door frame. (Our main roof is not as dramatically pitched, however, so the angles of our porch would not be exactly the same.)

Here's a variation on the first design, though this one is too traditionally craftsman and ornate for our house.

Cottage on the hill by Murphy & Co. Designs

I think you get the idea of where we're headed though: a self supported structure if possible (i.e. not resting on the porch), peaked roof, exposed supports so it doesn't look too boxy/closed in, old timbers, awesomeness.

A porch roof is not needed before we refinance, but it's something I think about often, especially when pulling in the driveway. Without a porch, our house looks like a witch without her pointy hat, or maybe a sad face without a tear... That finishing touch is just not there. Sooner or later the finishing touches are going to be all that's left of this renovation project, and I literally will not know how to behave.

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