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Porch Photo 35
This concrete slab patio became a covered porch and a second-story deck. Sun or shade?
The owners now have a choice... and they got a second floor fire escape as a bonus.
Upper deck was framed in standard deck fashion, with perimeter joists screwed to the supporting post faces. Decorative Porch Brackets were then installed to the bottoms of these joists. However, we think Porch Brackets look best when installed centered on the Porch Posts. The more elegant solution: build out the deck joists to the same width as the Porch Posts so they would appear as standard porch beams when viewed from below. In other words, adopt standard porch construction, with beams supported by Porch Posts.
Another way to handle this issue is shown below:
The waterproof second floor projects beyond its railing, creating a 'porch eave' for the first floor. This area at the top of the Porch Posts could then be safely decorated with traditional Porch Brackets. By including a beam, Post Face Brackets, and Repeating Cornice Brackets, the first floor becomes more visually substantial.
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