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Dear PoPville – contemplating a complete removal of my front porch roof

by Prince Of Petworth April 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm 54 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

“Dear PoP,

I own a fairly traditional rowhouse in Parkview and I’m contemplating a complete removal of my front porch roof. The whole structure is a mess and it would take probably $4000-$5000 to rehab it. A couple of homes on my street were recently renovated and had their front porches removed. They look pretty good. Another issue is that I live on a pretty busy street, so I don’t spend much time hanging out on the front porch. It also is north facing, so sun isn’t much of an issue.

I’m wondering if anyone else has done this. Are there any issues to consider that I haven’t flagged? Does anyone have recommendations of folks that could do this demo?”

What do you guys think – keep the porch roof or remove it? Anyone have their porch removed?

Update: This just in from a reader – is this a good alternative?

“This is from a picture I took of a Capitol Hill rowhouse that I think looked pretty good.”


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