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Home OUTDOOR Outdoor Living 15 Charming Porches

While a porch can be a straightforward structure, it can also involve a lot of variables that make proper planning and code compliance very important. The health and safety of your family and friends as well as preserving your property are two great reasons to make sure your porch meets code.

One of the advantages of working with design professionals is that they can provide you with the rules and regulations in your area. For example, in some colder regions, foundations and footings must extend below the frost line to help avoid the porch heaving upward as soil freezes and expands. And if you’re building a porch over an existing deck, you want to make sure the foundation of the deck can handle the extra load and is code compliant.

Hire a licensed contractor with references and experience with porches, and ask what kind of warranty they offer (for example, a warranty covering leaks in the porch roof). A design-builder may be a good fit for some porch projects, while others may require an architect and/or structural engineer.

Whatever team you choose, good communication and speedy decisions will help the design and build process go smoother.

Get inspired by these porches with inviting focal points and picture-perfect design features.

Rustic Porch

Rustic Porch

Rich wood textures and a cozy fireplace make this porch the ultimate mountain escape. For unique furniture finds look for local craftsman to create custom pieces.

Entertaining Porch

Entertaining Porch

Porches should connect your interior to the exterior with ease, and provide additional living space. This functional floor plan features a place to dine and a space to visit.

Seaside Porch

Seaside Porch

French doors with large window panes provide access while allowing natural light inside this home. Consider how you need the door to function when you come back from shopping.

Screened Porch

Screened Porch

Screens allow you to use your porch more often and make it better suited for more activities. You can save money and time and have a more attractive porch if you make design decisions for screens at the start of the project.

Leisurely Porch

Leisurely Porch

Railings play a key role in the overall look of your porch. Think about how you want to capture a view and research local building codes before you begin.

Breezy Porch

Breezy Porch

Often used as both a decorative and functional feature, ceiling fans are popular additions to porches. This floor plan is open and airy, allowing a fan to circulate cool evening breezes.

Screened Porch

Screened Porch

A back porch can be a great place to enjoy water or nature views, or a protected spot to watch the kids play in the yard. When deciding on a location for your outdoor space, think about how you will use it.

Tropical Porch

Tropical Porch

Posts and columns add to the beauty of your porch, but they are also the important vertical support that holds up your porch roof. Consider custom details that create interest around your porch posts.

Classic Front Porch

Classic Front Porch

The most traditional kind of porch, the front porch is popular with homeowners who want to keep up with the neighborhood or create a welcoming entry for guests. Plan your porch to blend with your home’s design, not take away from it.

Eclectic Porch

Eclectic Porch

Don’t be afraid to mix different types of porch furniture and accessories. Soft curtains, wicker furniture and a rich wooden coffee table come together in lavish harmony. Use durable mildew-resistant outdoor materials for linens and pillows.

Mountain Porch Retreat

Mountain Porch Retreat

Define a porch seating area with outdoor area rugs and if you have the space, arrange some seats facing toward your house. This outdoor space mixes patterns and colors to create a cozy porch for conversation.

Cottage Porch

Cottage Porch

Green is the defining color on this porch. Using the same hue throughout is a great way to create a cohesive look.

Trendy Porch

Trendy Porch

Drapery panels make it easy to control the amount of sun on your porch. Sunbrella designs these sleek fabric additions that make a stylish statement on any porch.

Southern Porch

Southern Porch

Wooden rocking chairs and a porch swing make this outdoor space the ideal antebellum retreat. Create a porch that’s eye candy by mixing and matching paint colors.

Laguna Porch

Laguna Porch

Comfort is key when executing your floor plan. Make your porch feel as inviting as your spaces inside by incorporating weather-resistant fabrics and comfortable seating.


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