What To Know About Chicago Porches

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For many Chicagoans, the front porch of a home has been the focal point of countless memorable times. Since COVID, the importance of “outdoor spaces” in real estate has re-emerged as a priority for plenty of homebuyers, too. But how many investors know how to evaluate the build quality of a property with a porch? Now only that, but what is the process like when wanting to add a back porch to an existing property? How do you work with the city to ensure compliance? Frank Knight, AKA Mr. Porch, has constructed about 3,000 porches in the Chicago area, and he’s here today to shed some information on this Chicago cultural phenomenon. 

Key points:

  • How Mr. Porch began
  • How lumber prices are affecting business
  • Steel vs. wood porch
  • Timeline of a new porch
  • How to lengthen the life of a porch


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