Would you believe I have an English degree from an Ivy League university, yet I had to sit here and noodle for a few moments over whether it is spelled 'roofs' or 'rooves'? Yikes. Even still, I figured it out much faster than it has taken Ez and me to figure out what exactly to do about the actual porch roof on our house.

[Since the drywallers still have not come to sheetrock our master suite, despite planning to come over the weekend (picture me sitting sadly at a table all dressed up with my glass of wine, waiting for a hot date that never materialized), I thought I'd take us on a little detour to the outside of the house while we wait semi-patiently.]

Curb appeal has been a major challenge here since day one, and although we have a long way to go overall, the house itself is much improved. But we still really need a porch roof -- not only for curb appeal, but also for not getting soaked while you try to unlock the front door while wrangling a toddler and 42 other things when it's raining. The problem is, our roof really has to be just right -- design, proportion, materials, everything -- in order to cohesively bring all the elements of the house together. Finding the sweet spot between form and function is the key here, and that is a little daunting for me.

Gah... I really wish we'd stained the gable instead of painting it. Too late now though. Moving on.

After looking at countless roofs as we drive around (and of course scouring Pinterest), we've decided we both really like the roof design of first picture. It's simple and architectural, and we could use old rustic timbers to make it flow with the logs and the door frame. (Our main roof is not as dramatically pitched, however, so the angles of our porch would not be exactly the same.)

Here's a variation on the first design, though this one is too traditionally craftsman and ornate for our house.

Cottage on the hill by Murphy & Co. Designs
I think you get the idea of where we're headed though: a self supported structure if possible (i.e. not resting on the porch), peaked roof, exposed supports so it doesn't look too boxy/closed in, old timbers, awesomeness.

A porch roof is not needed before we refinance, but it's something I think about often, especially when pulling in the driveway. Without a porch, our house looks like a witch without her pointy hat, or maybe a sad face without a tear... That finishing touch is just not there. Sooner or later the finishing touches are going to be all that's left of this renovation project, and I literally will not know how to behave.

In the meantime, we're still waiting by the phone for a reschedule date from the drywall crew.


  1. That will be just the right filler for the space above your door. Perfect!

    1. I hope so! I also hope the log wall will be sturdy enough to support a porch without posts... Thoughts on that?

    2. Hmmmm, good point you make. Too late to bolt through to a metal plate inside? Or, run vertical supporting members down the wall to the porch, as in your second example above. That offers load bearing capabilities, and lots of height for angled braces.

    3. Nope, that won't work, I just looked at your porch again. Vertical load bearing members on your wall would fall outside the dimensions of the porch. Nothing to sit on. Back to metal plates?

  2. Old House LoverSeptember 18, 2013

    I think something like this would look fabulous on your house.

  3. I definitely like the first one......

  4. First paragraph: "Ez and me". Not "Ez and I". Sketchy spelling is all right, but were you truly an English major?

    1. Good point! You are correct. How embarrassing. Apparently I spent too much time thinking over roofs vs. rooves. I fixed it just for you.


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