Our brick porch, with archway, has some cracking going on. Personally, I never cared for the arch, so am wanting to revamp the porch. Would like to take out the arch and square things off. Was thinking of removing all of the brick and using square wood columns instead. However, should it be a concern that the arch is helping to support the roof of the porch? Any ideas / info would be appreciated !
Almost certainty, the brick is a veneer. The structure of the house and porch is supported by the framing behind the brick. Also, the curved portions of the arch are added in to provide a backing for the decorative brickwork.
So the short story is that most likely the structure is already close to the rectangular shape that you would prefer. It's a matter or removing the brick, then trimming over the framing to get the trim look you want. The good news is that the roof will remain supported during all this with it's existing framing.
Yes I would say it is structural. There is probably a verticle structural member enclosed within. Real nice looking feature though. Have you consider just a modification to what you have. Removing just the arch portion saving the brick and square it off using a lintel and what bricks you salvaged. Chances are that you will not have enough but by using the same ones for the repair you can get additional ones for the inside portion which will not be noticed if they do not match exactly. If you go this route try to use a "soldier" stack above the opening. Just a thought. It seams that it is architectural feature to the house. You can repair the cracked mortar joint by repointing them. A good power washer can do wonders for the remaining house brick.This message has been edited. Last edited by: redoverfarm,
Thanks for the info! I do think the brick is just veneer. And the good news about the needed power wash is that, in a few weeks, the house is having siding repaired, whole house painted, and they are going to power wash the brick while they are at it. YAY.