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Porches And Canopies

Article 269 [ added on 25-09-2009, updated on 12-08-2010 ]

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Planning Permission  

If the dwelling is situated in a “designated area” i.e. Conservation Area, Listed Building, National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Planning and other permissions may be required.

You will need to apply for Planning Permission if

• Any part of the porch would be higher than 3 metres.
• The ground floor zone would overstretch 3 square metres.
• Any part of the porch would be within 2 metres of your garden boundaries or the highway.

Building Regulations

There are a few issues for Building Regulation Approval

• Building a porch at ground level or below 30 square meters in the ground.
• The front door will need to remain in the same place.
• If the house has disability access, the porch must not affect access to the building.
• Be sure that all fixed electrical installations and glazing comply with the Building Regulations.

Edwardian porch

Most Victorian and Edwardian houses had a porch to surround the front door. This porch can be inside the main front wall of the building, or protruding. Protruding porches can have a simple roof on console brackets, or a roof supported on a framework of turned wood or framework, on brick walls, or a combination.

Edwardian houses were commonly built with a porch around the front door, which could be sticking in/out from the house itself, or level with the front wall. Porches that weren´t level with the front wall, and stuck out often had a simple roof. The roof was held up by Console Brackets, or Framework, turned wood, or sometimes a combination of them.

Other porches seen in this era were very intricate, and beautiful. The wood on most porches was painted "white", although it was actually an "Ivory White", not like the white we see today on houses.

Benefits of having a porch

    * Increased security, You´ll be able to see who is at the front door better.
    * A attractive feature to be added to your home
    * Increase insulation even single glazed
    * Small handy space for coats, brollies, shoes etc.

Things to bear in mind:


The design of the porch should be related to the current elevation, also the porch should look like a fundamental part of the house, it should fit in and look pleasant.

You should bear in mind the materials of the house before you start deciding on materials for your porch, the materials you choose for the porch should correspond with the appearance of the house. Brickwork, window and floor designs are particularly important in this case because they are most visible.

There are two types of porch

    * fully glazed (Using Timber or UPVC)
    * half glazed (Using brickwork, timber or UPVC)

When making your decision, remember that your porch should have more glazing than masonry.

• Close attention should be paid to the design and material of the porch door, which will serve as the new front door; some porches come with UPVC door designs that detract from the appearance of the house.

Installing a UPVC porch may also have a negative visual impact on the appearance of the property if the window frames on the rest of the house’s façade are of a different material. The same principle applies to the glass itself – for example, if contemplating a porch with Elizabethan lead-effect glass, serious consideration needs to be given to whether that is an appropriate design solution if the rest of the windows in the property have no patterns.

• The size of the porch should be appropriate for the building, and shouldn´t project forward of the bay. If it is too large it will dominate the front of the house.
• When considering what kind of roof will be most appropriate for the porch – flat, lean-to or pitched – refer to the style and age of the house. For example, a pitched roof can look better than a flat roof where the house has large gabled two-storey bay windows.

On flat-fronted houses a porch or canopy can still reflect the character of the house, even without bay windows to provide a basis for its design.

• Where the house has a single-storey rectangular bay, many householders create a porch by extending from the side wall of the bay to enclose the area. However much care is taken to ensure that the glazing and framework refer to the windows above, the council strongly discourages this solution due to the detrimental effect it has on the appearance of both the property itself and the street, especially if the bay is rounded.

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