Condo Porch Enclosure #1: Getting started

Blog entry by azwoodman posted 02-16-2010 03:21 AM 21927 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I have been working on this project for a couple weeks already but I figured I’d catch you all up to speed.

Here are the facts:

1. I live in a condo in Gilbert, Arizona.
2. The condo is about 30 yrs old.
3. There is an enclosed porch on each unit and most of them need some work…

At first I decided that I would just replace the parts that I thought were the worst off. I had hoped that I would be able to make it work with as little effort and $$ as possible. Plans changed. I decided to scrap the whole thing and start from a bare concrete surface. You’ll see in the videos that I posted here how things have evolved. So enjoy!!!

Ps. I used a book about sheds that I found at Home Depot to figure out how to put the thing together. Then I designed a custom structure for my porch using Google’s SketchUp.

Here is the book that I found:
I bought it at Home Depot, but -here is a link for it-

And here are the videos of my progress:

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az, www.azwoodshop.com

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posted 02-20-2010 09:03 AM

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posted 03-03-2010 12:42 AM

Very nice! I live on the north side of Phoenix and I’m guessing your not building a greenhouse! I have seen several enclosed porch projects, and obviously one of the keys to success is to make it match the other existing units, or the H.O.A. will go all ballistic. I hope you communicated with them and pulled any permits required ;). One last thing, if you’re plan on reusing the sliding door, you may want to consider updating it to a more energy efficient one, and check to see if you can qualify for those government tax credits. It could make it very affordable.

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