From the Forum – Dig-out under front porch?

by Prince Of Petworth July 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm 19 Comments

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Dig-out under front porch?

“Has anyone had a contractor do a dig-out or build-out under their porch complying with modern zoning and DCRA regulations?

I think it would be efficient to capture this space as an insulated interior room with my entire basement dig-out. But out of the 17 contractors I’ve interviewed, not a single one has ever built an interior space under a porch. The issue is that normal roof-top decks have two feet between the deck and roof, and since I need the room under the porch to be at least 7 feet tall, the contractors won’t have enough space between the new room’s roof and the porch decking. And they think they can make that work, but haven’t actually done it before, and are therefore quoting me about $40K just for the 90 square feet of roof under the porch.

So I’d love to meet someone who has actually done this, if it’s been done. And find out if it really does cost that much, which is why no one else has done it.”

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