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emben

05:27AM | 12/30/03
Member Since: 12/29/03
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we are building our home and are about to do the porch this weekend. We would like to keep the floor of the porch level with the floors inside the home so that there is a smooth flow in and out of the house. Everyone we know is telling us this is not the way that it is done- there is always a step UP into the house. it seems that with many homes becoming handicapped accessible that zero step entryways are quite common. is there really any reason we can't have the porch floor and indoor floors at the same level?the porch is under a roof overhang and exterior house walls are on two sides. we live in new england but are on cape cod and snow rarely builds up during winter.

treebeard

07:48AM | 12/30/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
I've seen as much as 20 inches of snow on the Cape...and not all that many years ago.

If your porch is entirely roofed and screened, then you probably don't need to worry about it. But that really depends on the size of the porch and roof. If wind driven snow can build up against your door, then you're likely to have a problem with melting snow. The water can, and will, find its way in. And the water that doesn't find its way in may refreeze and create an ice build-up. There's always going to be just enough warmth from the inside expressing its way out under the door, and it can be enough just to create a problem with the snow. If snow can't possibly get to your door because the porch walls and roof overhang are just too far away, then you may be OK.

If what you're talking about is simply a small overhang under which one or two people can stand in the rain, then the step is by far the better way to go.

As for accessiblity, renovations to existing homes requiring that kind of accessibility can include a ramp to get from floor to floor. New contruction should attend to those problems as outlined above.

[This message has been edited by treebeard (edited December 30, 2003).]

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