I have a kitchen deck that needs replacement, and rather than putting in another deck (decks facing north aren't of much use in Seattle), my wife and I have decided to do a covered porch instead. The area to cover is 24' x 9', and it's at the gable end.
The problem is that my designer (aka "wife") has decided that a solid roof is a no-go because of the loss of light through the windows, so I'm exploring other options. I'm considering two options:
1) Doing a conventional roof and put in a few skylights. The advantage of this is that I know how to do it and I don't envision any problems getting plans approved.
2) Building a roof with polycarbonate panels (like those used for greenhouses). There's more design work there, possible more problems with permits, and a more complex assembly and flashing. And the resulting roof won't be as walkable.
Has anybody tried the second option, and if so, what were your experiences?