A new porch can completely change the look of your mobile or manufactured home. You can add visual interest and curb appeal with a new porch or deck. They can also increase your home’s value and give your family a place to make memories.
Building a new porch is the first step toward making a manufactured home appear more like a site-built home.
Manufactured Home Porch Building Costs
A newly manufactured home porch is a smart exterior home improvement project. Of course, they aren’t cheap or easy to build so careful planning must be done.
A new porch typically costs between $5,000 and $10,000 but with the right planning, it’s possible to build a porch for much less.
The size of the porch will be the biggest factor in cost. Larger porches and decks require more building materials thus cost more.
The roof design will be the second biggest factor in porch cost. If you choose to go with a simple lean-to roof and use metal roofing you can build a 10’X10′ porch for less than half the price quoted above. High-pitched gable roofs will require a lot more building materials and skilled labor which will cost more.
Labor is the third most important factor when pricing a new porch build. Naturally, it will cheaper to build a porch if you can do the labor yourself. Even doing small things like picking up the rubbish after construction is done can save a bit of money. Buying and delivering your own materials will save a bit on costs as well.
Manufactured Home Porches and Additions are Similar
There is a difference between manufactured home additions and site-built home additions. However, a manufactured home porch or deck is built the same as a room addition.
Both porches and room additions must be built as a free-standing separate entity from a manufactured home. They will both have their own foundation and must move separately from the home. Learn more about building mobile home additions here.
Keep you Local Code and Regulation in Mind
Like all building projects, you’ll need to take your local building code into consideration. There are a lot of rules when it comes to porches. For example, most porch railings must be at least 32″. Another common rule is the steps. Learn more about mobile home steps here.
Use these Images to Help Plan your Manufactured Home Porch
Before you start a new porch project you’ll want to start collecting ideas. Take notice of the roof designs you like most and the size of the porch or deck. Notice how they have positioned the porch and the steps in relation to the front door.
Do you want side steps or front steps? Is a pitched roof or a gable roof your favorite? Which is your favorite railing design?
45 Great Manufactured Home Porch Designs
Here are 45 great manufactured home porch designs (and decks) that can help you decide which style best suits your home and provides the look you want:
Note: At the end of the article we provide several tips and professional advice that can help you plan the perfect porch for your manufactured home.
Source: HomePro Construction
Source: HomePro Construction
Source: HomePro Construction
Free Online Porch Design Programs
The best website I’ve found for porch design is Front Porch Ideas and More. You simply won’t find a more informative and thorough resource for porch design ideas online. They also have a very handy Front Porch Illustrator that can help you determine the right porch design for your home. While they do not have a manufactured home to chose from, they do have a standard ranch home that can suffice with a little imagination.
Here’s the home without a porch:
Here is one of the many choices of porch designs (Porch R9- Pitched roof, column capitals, painted ceiling, ashlar floor, and cast bed edging):
Azek Building Products has a deck designer that could be useful to you. You’ll need to create an account and have Java installed but it does create a nifty 3D visualization of your desired designs with precise cut dimensions and material lists.
Planning a New Porch for Your Manufactured Home
Once you’ve chosen the perfect deck or porch design for your manufactured home you’ll need to start planning the build.
Simple deck designs can be built by experienced DIY enthusiasts. If you’re knowledgeable of basic construction methods (footers, post & beam construction techniques, and roofing concepts) and comfortable with tools it should be a fairly straight-forward process. More complex builds are probably best left to the professionals.
Free Porch and Deck Design Plans
You can find lots of free porch and deck designs online. Most come with complete schematics, cut dimensions, and materials list.
Aztek Building Products Free Deck Plans
Aztek Building Products, mentioned above, has several free deck designs on their website. Click here to view all of them. Once you click on the design you like it will open a PDF with several pages of detailed information, from schematics to material lists. Here’s an example:
Decks.com Free Deck Plans
Decks.com has hundreds of free deck plans available on their website. Click here to see them all. You’ll chose the design and then the size and enter your name and email information and they will email you a materials list. Here’s a sample of the various designs available:
What is the Right Size?
Once you’ve decided on the style of your new porch you’ll need to decide on the size.
The scale is an important aspect to consider when planning a porch or deck. You’ll want it to look like it was always a part of the home and to help add dimension, a quality that is sorely lacking in most manufactured homes.
Most professionals advise that you never go under 6 foot on either width or length for a deck or porch.
You’ll want enough space to sit and visit with friends and family comfortably. If you plan on grilling or having a table you’ll probably need at least an 8-foot width. You’ll also need to consider railing placement since railing is rarely positioned at the very edge with traditional porch designs. Typically there will be at least a 1″ overhang and if you are using 6″ columns they will need to be positioned over the framing – this automatically reduces your width by 7 inches minimum thus your 6′ wide porch will only have 5′ 5″ of usable space.
Length will be based on your home’s length and personal preference more than anything. Take into consideration shelter from the rain while walking to your garage or driveway and if you want the porch to wrap around to the side of your home.
Roofing Considerations for a New Porch
The roof of your new porch will impact your home significantly. You’ll have to consider the rise and run of the roof and how it will be incorporated into the roof on the home. Most professionals suggest that porch roofs have a minimum 3/12 pitch, meaning the roof rises 3″ for every 1 foot of length. This provides adequate rain and snow runoff.
Turning a Deck into a Porch – Weight Support Differences
If you have a deck that you want to turn into a covered porch you’ll have to consider a few things. Ideally, the best scenario would have been building the roof when you built the deck because there are footing and weight considerations to take into account.
While it’s a great project, you’ll have to ensure that your deck can handle the added weight of the roof. Porches must support 80 lbs per square foot. Decks only need to support 55 lbs.
Here’s what Decks.com had to say:
The downside is that porches are more expensive than just a deck and are relatively hard to build. You also must note that decks with porches must be designed to support 80 lbs per square foot compared to 55 lbs per square foot for decks. This extra 25 lbs is required to safely support the roof and snow loads. Decks with porches need to be specially engineered to distribute more complicated loads to the frost Footings are often required on the sides of decks that use a gable porch roof. Footing sizes are larger and need to be positioned so that support posts can directly transfer roof loads through sound framing to solid foundations.
How to Build a New Porch or Deck
If you will be building your new porch or deck yourself you should do a little research to re-acquaint yourself with the basic building techniques.
There are several great resources online that can help you:
Manufactured home porch designs can range from simple decks to ornate porches. The design you chose will probably impact your life and your home more than you realize. Choose wisely!
Once you chose your porch design and size you can utilize the free plans and get complete material lists and schematics, both invaluable items to have when building anything.
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