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Question DetailsAsked on 4/9/2014

If I wanted to look for someone to build a car porch, where would I look (i.e. for whom, landscaper?)? Cost?

I don't have a garage, but I don't want to build one necessarily. I'd rather do a car porch and use the roof as a deck, maybe do something nice with the deck, woodwork etc. I'd like to have someone who will make it an aesthetic addition to the house rather than a plain slab with plain pillars.

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A Landscaping company might be able to do a parking area with pavers, but certainly not a roof for it. What you need is a General Contractor - because you are going to have concrete work for pad, roof deck with support and interfacewith house roof and its drainage, etc.

In almost all areas you are first going to need plans from an architect or structural engineer before you can get a building permit, and probably a planning and zoning permit - that is the first thing to check, along with any subdivision or condo documents, to see if actually allowed at your place, and how far from street and property lines an such it has to be.

Depending on how fancy you get and whether you are in hurricane country or not, these can go for as low as $3000 range for a simple flat porch type roof over gravel parking area, to $100,000 range with fancy part-height sidewalls, full veranda deck on top, area lighting in the porch area, etc. For what you are talking about, I would guess you are in the $20,000 plus range at least.

An architect can help you with the appearance and functionality you want, and also provide both a conceptual ballpark cost estimate, and after doing the design a contstruction cost estimate - as well as help you get bids for the job and do construction inspection of the work, so I really thing that is where you should start.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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