If you have a back porch, you probably have been as guilty as the rest of us by not doing much to provide a welcoming environment. A screened in porch is a big improvement, but building a porch is also a big project, one that might consume most of your spare time this summer.
You can build it with standard dimensional lumber, and it doesn’t require heavy beams or complex joints. The simple 2×4 walls are light and airy looking. Two horizontal bands of 2x4s set 10 in. from the top and bottom of the wall, add a design element and stiffen the 2×4 framing enough to support the hand-built trusses. Even though how to build a porch project is a large project, most of the construction is straightforward. If you’ve built decks or sheds, you’ll be able to tackle this job with confidence.
The screened porch offers a nearly unobstructed view of the outdoors and you’ll need a full set of basic carpentry tools, a circular saw and a drill to build this porch. In addition, a reciprocating saw, a table saw and a power miter box will make the job go quicker and give you better results. To reach high places safely and easily, we recommend renting a rolling scaffold system for a month.