In an attempt to give us slightly more space and perhaps facilitate the flow of heat through the house we decided to close in the front porch.
The area is roughly 7×7 and opens to the west, which is where the prevailing wind comes from in the winter. Yay for us. There is a laminated 6×6 beam that carries the load from the roof and since there wasn’t enough room to put a header above the rough opening (only 5 inches clearance) I decided to assume it wasn’t needed in this case.
It was about this time when I got the door put in when I discovered that I should have checked how level the floor is. Suffice it to say there is almost an inch difference. Now the out of square door will bother me forever.
I ripped some 1×6 cedar in half to use as the trim and then ripped another piece in half again for the strip over the lintle. I also put a slight bevel on the horizontal surfaces to aid the shedding of water which probably isn’t strictly necessary given there is at least 3 feet of over hang.
Fortunately the position of the door and the cedar shakes I used coincided and I had to do very little cutting in order to get a nice fit. I used a off cut price of the 1×6 cedar as a spacer for positioning of the shakes which gave me a 5 1/2 inch reveal. It worked out about right.