First of all it isn't "only" a porch. In custom renovation there is no "only" anything. It is all about details--studiously conceived and finely crafted details. All those aesthetic accents you admire when you browse through a home design magazine? Those take time and care to produce. A recently completed porch addition in Chevy Chase DC illustrates this idea quite well.
Our architect drew this addition to match the architecture of the turn of the late Victorian era main house. A key feature of the house is the decorative rafter tails.
To recreate the style our carpenters had to fabricate a template and then hand cut each board. That took two highly skilled craftsmen three days to complete.
Sometimes the cost of a custom renovation project seems like a lot. But consider this: The more drop dead beautiful a porch addition is, the more balanced and nuanced, the more you love it--the more it costs. All this proves is that you really do get what you pay for--and then some if you choose the right firm to design and build your project.
For homeowners who are considering home additions (a room or porch addition), you really want to align yourself with a company that is able to give you this kind of attention.