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How Much Does It Cost to Build a Front Porch?

Tuesday, January 02, 2024

Adding a front porch to your home will make it more valuable and provide you with a wonderful place to make memories. Evenings spent in rocking chairs on the porch are wonderful and soothing. The thought of having a lovely, welcoming porch may make you happy. But you may be more concerned about the practical aspects of building a porch, such as its cost.

Contractors in your neighborhood can provide you with quotes for your porch. But you may need to do some research to find out how much your dream porch should cost. Here are some tips to help you figure out how much it will cost to build your front porch and start making plans and budgeting.

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Porch?

A 200-square-foot porch can cost anywhere from $4,600 to $22,000. The price range is wide, depending on what you need to build the porch and what you want to make the porch look better.

The cost of building a front porch depends on how it is designed, the price of materials, and the cost of construction. Porches require a base, decking, roof, and maybe even screens, windows, or walls. Raised porches require steps and railings to meet safety standards and ensure that visiting family and friends can safely reach your house and porch.

One of the biggest factors when calculating the cost of building a porch is the type of materials you use and how complex your plans are. This can also affect the cost of labor. For example, a front porch with a roof or a covered front porch will cost much more than a front porch built on just slate. Adding stone columns or other decorations can also drive up the price of a porch with a slate base.

All things considered, there are several inexpensive ways to build a front porch without sacrificing quality. You can keep costs down by choosing the right building materials, and you can even purchase a prefabricated porch instead of hiring a builder to build it for you.

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Foundation

A good foundation is a guarantee of a strong porch structure. The kind of base you need for your porch depends on what kind of porch you want. A contractor may suggest a concrete slab foundation or a pier foundation. When calculating the cost of your porch, keep in mind that pier foundations cost $5 to $8 per square foot. On the other hand, slab foundations can cost $3 to $5 per square foot.

Then, lay the porch decking on top of the base. Porch decking is an important part of the cost of a porch. Most porch decking is made of wood or composite decking material. You may also see concrete, stone, or brick decking on low porches.

The price of decking can vary greatly depending on the type of material used. Composite decking boards start at $4 to $15 per square foot, while wood boards begin at $5 per square foot. Brick can cost between $6 and $10 per square foot.

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Roofing

One factor that affects the cost of a porch is the design of the porch, which may include a porch roof. Types of porch roofs include pitched roofs, sloped roofs, and shed roofs. Each type of roof has its own advantages, and which one you choose may depend on your personal taste or compatibility with the rest of the home’s architecture.

Shed roofs are likely to be suitable for small porches, while sloped roofs can go with many types of homes. A sloped roof is the most difficult to build because it does not have any eaves or straight sides. Instead, it slopes toward the porch. This means that a sloped roof is the most expensive option for a porch roof.

Railings, Walls or Screens

Some front porches do not have high walls or fences. Some porches are completely blocked. These additions can make your front porch more useful and convenient for your family, but they can cost you more. For example, a porch shelter can keep your family safe from bugs or sunlight while they enjoy the porch. Likewise, railings can make a porch safer and more aesthetically pleasing.

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Other Amenities

Would you like a ceiling fan? How about porch lights? Stained or painted? Painting and wiring your porch will make it more comfortable, but it will also cost more to build. For example, adding a ceiling fan can cost anywhere from $100 to $500. In addition, you’ll need an electrician to install it, which will cost you an additional $65 to $95 per hour. Then there are things like porch swings, which can cost as little as $200.

When calculating the cost of adding a porch to your home, you should consider the type of porch, its size, the materials, how it will be installed, and the furniture you want to put on it.

For a 200-square-foot porch, for example, the cost can range from $4,600 to $22,000, depending on the materials used, the design and the construction. The following table shows the range of costs for different materials and the corresponding labor costs.

Porch ElementsMaterialsWith Installation
Decking$400-$8,400$800-$10,800
Roof$2,800-$4,400$3,200-$6,000
Posts$105-$2,300$175-$2,800
Railings$100-$700$400-$1,200
Steps$70-$1,500$300-$1,900
Permits$100-$500$100-$500
Total$3,575-$17,800$4,575-$22,000

Cost of Building Different Types of Porches

Porches can come in many varieties. From a screened “room” to a simple front porch with a roof, the type of porch you choose will affect the cost because of the materials used and the difficulty of construction. Listed below are some popular porch styles and their usual cost of construction.

Covered Porch

The cost of adding a porch to your home varies depending on the size, style, and material of the porch. For about $5,000, you can add a small front porch with a roof. For a large front porch that wraps around the house and features lots of architectural detail, it will cost $40,000 to $50,000.

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Screened Porch

If your home does not already have a screened-in porch, you can spend more than $30,000 on a porch. The cost depends on the materials you use and any features you add. However, if you already have a porch, adding a screen can cost between $2,000 and $3,000 depending on the size and type of screen you choose.

A screened-in porch is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and not have to worry about bugs. Obviously, you will need screens for a screened-in porch. The cost of a porch depends on the type of screen you choose. Materials used to make screens vary from copper to metal to polyvinyl chloride and more. Each material has its own benefits. Porch screens can cost between $4.50 and $7.00 per square foot.

Concrete Porch

Sometimes you may choose to add a slab of concrete and build your porch on top of it. This is a very inexpensive option if your house is already low to the ground. It costs about $8 to $12 per square foot. You can also add a roof for shade, and if you want to make the concrete look nicer, you can use stamped concrete for the floor.

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Sleeping Porch

Building a sleeping porch can cost $15,000 to $30,000. The exact cost depends on the materials used and the extras you want.

Early homes often had sleeping porches built on the side or back of the house for better air circulation. Fixed air conditioning was not available at that time. For the most part, these sleeping porches had a simple bed or couch for lounging.

Sleeping porches usually had screens to keep bugs out. Some of the more modern sleeping areas have insulation and screens, not just screens to keep bugs out.

Material Costs for Building a Porch

The cost of building a porch depends largely on the materials used and the size of the porch. In most cases, you can calculate the cost based on square footage. An example:

What is the cost of using lumber? Pressure-treated lumber is inexpensive, starting at $4 per square foot, while redwood can cost as much as $30 per square foot. As you can see, there is a wide range of prices you can expect when choosing lumber for your front porch.

What about composite decking materials? Professionally assembled composite decking, railing, and porch components can cost between $40 and $80 per square foot or more. One of the biggest advantages of composite decking is that it won’t rot and requires less maintenance than regular wood.

Labor Costs for Building a Porch

In addition to the cost of building materials, building a porch requires labor and installation costs. Skilled professionals who build porches can cost $20 to $40 per hour. Labor costs average $67 per square foot, but this can change depending on the average wage of workers in your area. While the cost can be high, you’ll feel better knowing that your porch is being built by a professional who is well-versed in difficult projects.

Depending on the complexity of the plan, building a porch can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Building a front porch with a large number of intricate design elements will take longer than a simple paneled porch. These elements may include screens, roofs, and even power sources.

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