So, we were having a large screened-in porch added to the back of out house.
notice - the operative word "were"
Ya see.... the city granted us approval to build this porch, as well as our HOA.
And lo and behold, as the contractor started his work - we heard rumblings in the neighborhood over a different neighbor having to remove her porch some years ago, as it encroached on the easement that is in the back of our yards. (There are some power lines running over our back yards on this side of the street)
So after numerous calls, and many wrong answers, I finally got the definitive answer yesterday afternoon giving me the exact measurements of what we need to steer clear of.
So, this large screened porch addition is nothing more than a dream.
I then decided to take charge of the situation and not feel so sorry for myself. I got online and searched for narrow porch ideas. I came upon this beautiful porch on Houzz.com
I created an account there to ask the width of this porch, and I was so so impressed. I received a more than thorough answer from the interior designer whose picture this was. Turns out - this porch is actually even a little narrower than the space we have to work with, but it really put my worried mind at ease, that this small of a porch can still be so inviting.
And we won't lose as much yard with this porch design, which will make Jack happy for he sure does love to run.