35,398 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 
Meriwether Inc
5 Reviews
Morningside bungalow
Ideabooks6,390
Questions7
This 1919 bungalow was lovingly taken care of but just needed a few things to make it complete. The owner, an avid gardener wanted someplace to bring in plants during the winter months. This small addition accomplishes many things in one small footprint. This potting room, just off the dining room, doubles as a mudroom. Design by Meriwether Felt, Photos by Susan Gilmore
“back wall of gazebo” — phillia1231
Wright Design
4 Reviews
Rustic Lakehouse
Ideabooks111K
Questions17
Beautiful home on Lake Keowee with English Arts and Crafts inspired details. The exterior combines stone and wavy edge siding with a cedar shake roof. Inside, heavy timber construction is accented by reclaimed heart pine floors and shiplap walls. The three-sided stone tower fireplace faces the great room, covered porch and master bedroom. Photography by Accent Photography, Gree...More
“Swing” — Autumn Copley Smallwood
Starr Sanford Design
4 Reviews
Ladies Street
Ideabooks813
Questions1
Wally Sears, Julia Starr Sanford, Mark David Major
“Lake house idea” — Laura Wainwright
Northern Virginia Full Service Landscape Design Build Firm
We pride ourselves in designing unique landscapes that are a reflection of our clients desires and budgets. Projects range from outdoor kitchens, decks, fireplaces, construction to custom landscapes.
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Hansen Architects, P.C.
1 Review
Porch Bed Swing
Ideabooks54,132
Questions8
Richard Leo Johnson
“yes” — Triệu Ngọc
Tim Barber LTD Architecture & Interior Design
7 Reviews
Hillgrove
Ideabooks115K
Questions27
“porch boards w/ white riser” — desireemc12
Knight Associates
Camp Rebuild
Ideabooks32,431
Questions4
Randy O'Rourke
“户外 强烈色彩” — mrdmao
plantation building corp
20 Reviews
piper model home, autumn hall
Ideabooks23,950
Questions16
“Windows” — gabriellemeimbresse
Moontower Design Build
15 Reviews
Historic Trimble House
Ideabooks7,977
Questions3
“Swing bed” — mary_blackburn
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ACC Cabinetry
Virginia Custom Cabinetry
Best of Houzz 2014
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Paula Grace Designs, Inc.
Virginia's Premier Interior Designer
Best of Houzz 2012, 2013
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As a transition space, your 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.
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