Hi all. I started a thread a ways back looking for quotes from masons, etc, to get this built. It ended up being cost prohibitive. I called the town and since the design is under 50 square feet (it's 5*8) I need not worry about any setbacks. They are going to want framing drawings and drawings showing the footings. My guess is this is better than what most homeowners provide, but I wanted to run it by you before running back and forth to the town, especially because permitting is slow right now. My main questions are around the portico. From talking to some friends I understand I'll probably need a ridge beam. My wife wants the front of the portico open (if possible), and a light hanging from the center. The portico is also going to be 5*8, framed with 2*8s. Also, curious on thoughts regarding metal or copper roofing rather than shingles. My wife wants copper. I plan on facing everything in Azek. Any and all input welcome.