Porch And Portico Contractor is Fairfax Contractor. We builds all types of portico’s and porch projects in Northern Virginia. Many builders in Northern Virginia do not design or build their homes with a proper portico or porch covering their front stoop. The main problem with this is if a guest arrives at your home and it’s raining and they can stand out in the rain in the instant the door. Many of our clients here at Fairfax Contractor want to remodel and redesign the entrance to their home, as you know this is the 1st thing someone sees when they arrive at your home. Most homes built before the mid-1980s did not have a foundation system built under their front stoop, that being said it is quite possible you will not be able to build your new porch cover or portico over your existing stoop system. The only way to determine if your existing stoop would support a portico or porch is to have a engineer check the footing depth of your stoop and verify that it has the capacity to hold the load of a new structure.
Designing a new porch or portico takes a trained designer’s expertise to be pleasing to the eye and code compliant. The first step in designing your portico is to determine if you can or want to reuse your existing stoop. Because all porticos and porches built in Northern Virginia will ultimately require a building permit this stoop must structurally support the structure above it. If a licensed civil engineer deems your stoop to basically be a slab on grade it will need to be removed. Once your existing stoop has been demolished you have a fresh canvas to design stoop section of your portico or porch. Old codes require the foundation of a portico are porch to be placed 24 inches below grade and on bearing soil. After 2017 porches and portico projects need to to be excavated to the foundation of your home. In fact the first building inspection will be a footing inspection for your stoop, the inspector will check the depth, soil compaction, and rebar placement, before any further building can occur. In designing a porch for the front of your home you need to consider both the design and the size this will be determined by your budget, window placement in your house, and your wish list for how the project will look when it’s finished. The whole design concept of a portico dates back to ancient Greece where many buildings and homes featured elaborate porticos. Fairfax Contractor can design a wide range of porticos depending on your personal taste and your homes architecture. Some of the portico choices include the flat roof portico, which typically has a architectural railing detail on the flat roof of the structure. Another popular design includes a gabled roof portico that fits more closely with a colonial style home often found in VA. . Many people dream of building a front porch that is a sitting area where they can place rocking chairs and watch their kids and the world go by. As a design build company we can take your ideas and concepts and turn them in the reality.
If your current porch stoop is built to current codes and you plan to reuse it. If you want to change the size you will need a building permit. In most cases your existing stoop will have to be demolished to make way for your new portico or porch project. As discussed earlier, the size of the project is your decision all based on budgetary restraints and architectural designs you want to incorporate into your home. For us the pull the necessary building permits, that are required in all Northern Virginia jurisdictions a complete set of plans, including the foundation plans must be submitted to County building officials for permitting. Once the footings have been excavated to the required depth and approved by your local building inspector we can then pour the concrete foundation footing. Depending on the height of your stoop we will then take from the poured concrete footing and build up the base with 8″x 8″x 16″ CMU (cinder block) to the desired height. The void left after building up the foundation with block must be back filled, typically this is done with dirt left over from the excavation, and topped with #57 gravel. All the back fill and gravel will be compacted with a plate tamper, then a layer of 5 mm plastic will be placed in the foundation board vapor barrier. After the vapor barrier has been placed in your stoop depending on the engineers recommendation either welded wire mesh, or rebar will be installed to reinforce the slab. The stoop and stairs. If required, will be framed out with lumber for your inspection prior to placing concrete. Most counties in Virginia are going to require a slab inspection at this point in the project, the inspector will make sure that the engineered plans have the required amount of steel and vapor barrier installed if required. Upon passing the slab inspection, Fairfax Contractor will pour your portico or porch stoop typically with a 3500 PSI concrete mixture that includes residential fiberglass reinforcement, air entertained, and plasticizers for the strongest slab base.
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After your porch, or portico slab has been poured then you must decide what type of material you want to finish this stoop with. Some people are simply content with fine broom finished concrete, if you’re on a budget. This may be an option. But to fully complete this project you certainly must consider the nearing the concrete with either brick, flagstone, or even travertine marble. When it comes to clay brick pavers these are a natural choice, because bricks have been historically used in northern Virginia since colonial times in many homes. Pennsylvania flagstone as a covering for the stoop of your portico or porch makes sense on many levels. Pennsylvania flagstone is one of the few flagstones that can stand up to the extreme temperature changes we experience in Virginia. Pennsylvania flagstone comes in a variety of choices from pattern square cut, irregular, and premium thermal cut blue. If you want to truly customize the base of your portico or porch you may want to consider utilizing travertine pavers. We have a unique relationship with suppliers in Turkey and Italy that import some of the finest travertine pavers in the world. We can offer our customers huge discounts on this classic building material. As a portico and porch cover company we offer some of the finest paving materials you will find anywhere.
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