Many outdoor home improvement projects focus on creating beautiful spaces behind your home. Given the privacy of the backyard, this is understandable. But with the importance of curb appeal and making the front of your home look as good as it can, it’s a great idea to build a redwood porch. Doing so utilizes the famous warmth and beauty of Humboldt Redwood to create an inviting and useful entryway to your residence.
If you are ready to start building a Humboldt Redwood porch, consider the following advice when designing your project.
Porch Surface Boards
Humboldt Redwood dimensional lumber is available in a wide variety of dimensions and lengths. For porch surface boards, 2×4, 2×6, and even 2×8 material would work well. For a smaller space, 2×4 boards would work best. 2×6 or 2×8 would look great for a really large porch. Picture-frame and herringbone patterns can be used to really dress up your Humboldt Redwood porch.
If you’re not sure which boards to purchase, one of our knowledgeable dealers can help you choose the dimensions that are right for you and the property for the porch.
Many porches are elevated off the ground at least a foot or more and require stairs. Building stairs for a Humboldt Redwood porch requires precision carpentry and quality materials. Decay resistance is important, so an all heartwood grade of Humboldt Redwood is recommended. Stairs are made with treads and stringers, sometimes called risers. The treads are the stepping surface and are supported by the stringers. Stair treads should be a minimum of 11 inches deep and between 6 and 7 inches apart.
Although the railings are often the last of the finishing touches, they need to be planned in advance. Consult local building codes for railing requirements. Railings are necessary for any porch over 1 ½ feet off the ground. In many areas a railing is required by law. Railings should be sturdy safety barriers erected at the porch’s edge without completely obstructing your view.
If you’re ready to buy redwood to start building your redwood porch, contact a Humboldt Redwood dealer that can help you make the right decision for you For additional ideas, take a look at our Design Ideas specifically for Redwood Porches.