Front porch and roof
Linda Kharrat
September 4, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Need help with what to do with the from of this house
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Joseph I. Mycyk Architects, Inc.
Wow!?! Where to start?

How about looking through Houzz photos for inspiration!

Concentrate on ideas focused on removing that tacked-on bay window and working in an open front porch and nice stairs.
September 4, 2013 at 7:09pm        Thanked by Linda Kharrat
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Linda Kharrat
What about putting a tin roof on this house?
September 6, 2013 at 8:24am   
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Linda Kharrat
Or tile and tin roof for the porch
September 6, 2013 at 8:24am   
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Linda Kharrat
Here is a side view. What color metal roof should I use?
September 6, 2013 at 1:36pm   
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JudyG Designs
Here is an article that supports Linda’s suggestion. I have always loved the look of a metal roof, but never considered it. After reading this, I will next time.






(Although some of the articles talked about 30 year warranties, I had to chuckle, ‘cause I remember when a 30 year warranty was so important to us…in those days that was the life of the mortgage we thought we would never, ever pay off. Now 30 year warranty on anything? Won’t live long enough to take advantage.)


Metal roofs are coming back into vogue. In the late 1700s, zinc, copper, and lead were the most popular materials used for roofing - such famous historic buildings as the Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello have metal roofs.
Standing-seam steel roofing is the most popular residential metal roofing today. (The term standing-seam describes the upturned edge of one metal panel that connects it to adjacent sections, creating distinctive vertical lines and a trendy historical look.) But metal roofs can also be made to resemble wood shakes, clay tiles, shingles, and Victorian metal tiles. Aluminum or coated steel is formed into individual shingles or tiles, or into modular panels four feet long that mimic a row of shingles or tiles.

Metal roofs are durable, fire retardant and almost maintenance-free. They are also energy efficient; metal reflects heat and blocks its transfer into the attic. Research by the Florida Solar Energy Center in 1985 showed that metal absorbed 34 percent less heat than asphalt shingles, and homeowners switching to metal roofing reported saving up to 20 percent on their energy bills.

Steel roofs offer other environmental benefits as well. They are made from between 60 percent to 65 percent recyclable material. Because they weigh very little, metal roofing can be installed over existing roofs, eliminating the need to dispose of excess material in a landfill.

Installing some metal roofing can be an intricate process best done by a professional, and the initial cost of a premium metal roof is higher than most other roofing materials. You need to compute the lifecycle cost to see if paying more to begin with for a metal roof will prove to
September 6, 2013 at 1:45pm        Thanked by Linda Kharrat
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Linda Kharrat
Well, thank you for your comments. We have started on the project last week. We are planning on putting a front porch and a double decker sun porch in the back. We have hired only local people to make this home enchanting once again
October 20, 2013 at 1:27pm   
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Linda Kharrat
We have an incredible gentleman that lives in Berkeley Springs doing the stone steps and all the walk ways. Lucky for us we are gathering the stones from our creek bed.
October 20, 2013 at 1:29pm   
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