One of the projects that has been ongoing for the last few weeks is the construction of our porch. Progress has been slow for a number of reasons. The porch design was neglected in favor of pushing house construction forward, so we had to do a bunch of design work just to get going on it. Also, we chose materials that are not addressed in the code book and we needed to work with the building inspector to make sure we doing things right. Specifically, we are using 6″ diameter black locust posts and 3×8 hemlock beams for the rafters.