I was informed that my question was to be answered by "Rick" a contractor of 35 years. The narrative you have provide to me was good for those who have not already spoken to a structrual engineer as I have. He stated that he would send drawings to me about 3 months ago, as of yet no drawings. I was hoping to get "construction advice" from someone who is licensed and "in-the-know" of VA building codes. I have searched for the building codes concerning the window enclosure of the porch, but have not found the specific construction data required. I am thinking that due to the existing porch having a floor, walls and finished roof, that the weight of the windows and other constructional materials may require me to add additional footing suport along with the existing 4x6 in-ground supports. I do not profess to be a "know-it all" but I do know which end of the nail to hit with the monkey wrench lol "just kiddding". I have built other porches, but not enclosing existing porch with such large and heavy windows. Thanks for your narrative. VR, Skip
I will check the yellow pages and get a local engineer. Upon my return from the Middle East, I purchased a home in NW sStafford. Mush repairs were required. I hired a "local" contractor to wire anf hang some antique chandliers in the stairs hall. He dropped and broke the chandelier and did not pay the $500.00 for it, nor did he deduct it from his bill. Needless to say other contractors I have had come by have been much less than knowledgable or professional in the work they advertized to perform.