1,280 Eclectic Porch Design Photos

Generations ago, the porch was the “living room” of the home. It was the social spot — a place to converse with neighbors, cool off in summer and watch kids as they played in the front yard. Porch swings and glasses of lemonade became symbols of the simple life, but as houses, neighborhoods and air conditioning evolved, families headed indoors or to the backyard instead. Today, it is making a comeback as homeowners look to channel those relaxing olden days with sunrooms, front stoops and wraparounds. More 
Blue Sky Building Company
7 Reviews
Ullswater
Ideabooks33,690
Questions13
“windows, floor and cieling” — stacyjakenoe
Gabriel Builders Inc.
9 Reviews
Gabriel Builders
Ideabooks16,630
Questions12
Great outdoor living area with view of the lake
“Ceiling” — lmbrock0823
Chapman Design Group, Inc.
2 Reviews
"Three Birds... One Stone"
Ideabooks6,184
Questions6
Donald Chapman, AIA,CMB
“I like the stained concrete with rock on tag side” — deahs
Northern VA Landscape Architect & Designer
Best of Houzz 2013 & 2014
Since 1999, we have worked with homeowners to develop truly unique and distinctive outdoor living spaces. We specialize in upscale poolscapes, hardscapes and landscapes.
Sponsored
Dear Daisy Cottage
Dear Daisy Cottage- patio
Ideabooks1,275
Questions1
“For Brie's patio furniture” — jemma123
Atlantic Archives, Inc.
2 Reviews
Atlantic Archives Images
Ideabooks6,122
Questions5
Atlantic Archives/Richard Leo Johnson
“Ceiling” — Terry Spradlin
Greymark Construction Company
7 Reviews
Artists Studio in Houston
Ideabooks2,607
Questions2
Kathleen O. Ryan Fine Art Photography
“Color combo” — bflorian007
Northworks Architects and Planners
1 Review
Stone House
Ideabooks5,669
Questions2
This 350 square-foot vacation home annex accommodates a kitchen, sleeping/living room and full bath. The simple geometry of the structure allows for minimal detailing and excellent economy of construction costs. The interior is clad with reclaimed pine and the kitchen is finished with polished stainless steel for ease of maintenance.
“Like bench for downstairs porch on one end” — karkaravan
DECORATING DEN INT. SHELLEY RODNER C.I.D.
1 Review
Shelley Rodner
Ideabooks9,960
Questions12
This lovely screened porch was a recent client project. Our goal was to create a warm and welcoming spot that had the feel of an indoor space.
“Floor and furniture” — jthaas
Renovating in Ashburn? Contact a local pro
Abbey Design Center
Remodeling From Concept to Completion in Northern Virginia
View my projects
As a transition space, your eclectic porch should feel like an extension of the home's interior. Because it's more attached to the home than a patio or sometimes even a deck, it requires proper planning and a touch of inspiration. First, you need to consider what kind of space you're looking for, and where it will be placed. Next, think about what outdoor furniture is worth adding to your space. It's all about relaxation and simplicity, so be sure that's reflected in your decor and furnishings.

What kind of porch should I add to my home?


The size and type of your porch is primarily dictated by your budget, space and overall look. A typical one is integrated into the home's roofline, so it will most likely always be an expensive remodel. Be sure to keep that in mind when creating your plans. A wraparound porch takes up quite a bit of yard space and often requires a change to multiple areas of the house, while a sunroom out back is a little less tedious. Adding a front stoop is a quick way to enhance your front door curb appeal, and it is a less expensive option as well. In general, all of them have a predominantly traditional feel, so you might try a patio or deck if it doesn't fit your overall style.

How should I decorate my porch?


There are no formal rules, so decorate your porch to reflect your lifestyle. Create an afternoon nap spot by adding a hammock, swing or daybed, or include simple rocking chairs and adirondack chairs for chatting with friends. Use decorative wall hangings, potted plants, throw pillows and rugs for additional color, and turn a sunroom into another living space by adding plenty of patio furniture. In general, remember you are outside, so some metals and fabrics can rust and absorb moisture. Bring in sensitive items when the weather worsens, and opt for more versatile weatherproof pieces overall.
© 2014 Houzz Inc.
Houzz® The new way to design your home™