Porch Design Tips Porch Design Tips

Your porch design should include elements that will make it usable 3 seasons of the year, 4 if you live in a warm climate. In addition to an attractive design that will increase curb appeal you want to create a welcoming environment in which to read the paper or visit with neighbors. A well-designed porch will also add value to your home when you're ready to sell.

Here are a few tips for designing a great-looking porch.

All Weather Comfort

Protection from the elements is a prime consideration and should be addressed upfront in your porch design, according to local conditions. A screened-in porch will help keep bugs away in the middle of summer. A porch with an overhanging roof or awning will keep the hot sun off your guests during the warmer months. A fire pit will extend the use of your porch into the autumn months in colder climates.

Porches for Entertaining

If you're planning to use your porch for social events, you will need to incorporate a lot of standing and sitting space. A small porch with living room style furniture can only accommodate a limited number of people. You can alleviate this problem by designing a porch that wraps around the house with a larger area on the sides or the back.

Always scale the porch to the size of the house for a balanced, attractive look.

 

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