Front porch designs are usually modeled after a home’s architecture – such as country, contemporary, or perhaps a Victorian style. The style of a porch should fit the architectural style of the home as much as possible. Otherwise, it will look out-of-place and not give you the curb appeal you need. But just as important, when deciding the style of porch you want, consider and plan for its true purpose.
How will your porch be used?
Many builders give little consideration to the porch although that is changing across the country. Many of us are opting for a porch that is both appealing and functional. The stoop just doesn’t do it. So begin by determining what you will mostly be doing on your porch. Whether building a new porch or updating an existing one, cost is always a factor. That given, make the most of what you are able to afford.
Porches for Entertaining and Celebrations
- Do you envision using your porch for entertaining?
- Or do you prefer to have a space for quiet contemplation to watch the world go by?
- Do you have a view you’d like to take advantage of?
- Will you be celebrating summer-time birthdays and holidays on your porch?
- Do you like to decorate for the holidays?
Screen Porches and Three Season Porches
If you enjoy eating outdoors a great option is to convert part of the porch to a screen porch or three season porch. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing and this way you’ll have the best of both worlds. Because there is such a wide variety of screening materials you can find one that will complement the color of your porch and home.