Porch Design

Whether you are looking to add a porch to your home or remoddelling your existing porch…


Whether you are looking at adding a porch to your home or remodelling your existing porch, you will want to remain faithful to the original design of your home and ensure that your porch design fits seamlessly onto your home.

Front single fronted to 3 season porch designs, you will find the ideal design, style and functionality for your addition, but knowing which materials to use and why some are more functional than others and also how to increase the value of your home as much as possible with this investment.

Before you begin your research into the various porch designs available you will want to make sure that you know exactly what you intend to use the space for. If for example, the only function of this space will be to store items such as coats, boots and the like, then a small extension that doesn´t detract from the overall look of the home is best. If you prefer to have an extension of your indoor living space that can take advantages of breezes as well as protecting you from the heat of the day, you will definitely prefer to have something larger and will also want to ensure that it becomes a feature of your home.

Making room for the type of furniture that you want to put into your porch area is also important. Loungers and couches require more space and if you intend to spend a great deal of time in the area, with family and friends then larger is almost definitely better, but there is a point when you need to think about the overall look and make sure that your porch doesn´t result in an unbalanced garden to porch ratio.

Popular Styles

There are numerous design styles that are popular with classical as well as modern homes. Vaulted entrances as well as gabled are two of the most popular. Wrap around as well as front and back porches can dramatically increase the size of your home and looking into design styles such as screened rooms will allow you to utilize the space with far more protection from the elements as well as from pesky critters and insects. The screened rooms make it ideal for letting through cooling breezes whilst keeping mosquitoes and other flying insects at bay.

Building Permissions

No matter what type of porch you decide on you need to know that all porch additions are considered to be building structures in their own right and will often require permits prior to construction beginning. Due to the fact that they are attached to your home, you will also want to ensure that the foundations are of the very best quality.

Planning your Porch

One of the easiest ways to assess the right porch shape and size for your home is to use graph paper and draw up your house and estimated porch design. Look at proportion as well as balancing the internal and external structures. Most porches will range from between eight to ten feet in depth, but you will quickly establish if this is the right size for you during your planning process.

Both back porch designs and front porch designs will incorporate a door into the home. The larger the door, the wider the porch should be in relation to it. When it comes to wrap around porches and 3 season porches, they do not need to adhere to the same principles as it is possible that many doors will lead onto the porch and the width is therefore a matter of choice.

Building Materials

Building a porch often implies that the porch will be constructed from wood, but concrete porches are quickly and easily constructed too and although not as authentically pleasing as a wooden porch design, they are functional and economical for many homeowners.

With a wide array of different porch designs available, you are sure to find something to suit your home design and done professionally, can dramatically improve your lifestyle as well as increase the value of your home.