Budgeting for a Porch Project
Knowing what you can spend and how much things cost will help you during your porch planning.
Like houses, no two porches are exactly the same. For this reason and more, the cost to upgrade an existing porch or add a new one varies widely.
Costs depend on factors like size and complexity, and vary region to region. A small and basic do-it-yourself porch project can cost about $5,000 to $10,000, but the budget for even a small porch project can go up quickly when lots of extras are included.
Things like lighting, hardware, architectural details and furniture add to the basic cost of the project. A major extra, like a large fireplace, can really drive up the cost of a porch, since it involves more materials and labor and may require an upgraded foundation.
A basic concrete-slab porch will be easier on the wallet than a larger screened-in porch or sunroom.
Prefabricated porches can be found for approximately $10,000 to $20,000, and expect to pay anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 for a good-quality, medium-sized (about 16' x 20') porch with a floor and roof built by a contractor.
Large custom porches with lots of extras can easily top $50,000, so it pays to do your homework and planning.