35,543 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 
Wright Design
4 Reviews
Rustic Lakehouse
Ideabooks112K
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
“Gave hangbank” — emi1961
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Northwood
Ideabooks7,155
Questions8
One thing that the client requested was more parking that did not feel like an out of place driveway. The linear element on the left of the sidewalk carries through to make a perimeter for the tree, which became the focal point. Photo taken by Ryann Ford.
“Porch” — lmg415
Tim Barber LTD Architecture & Interior Design
7 Reviews
Hillgrove
Ideabooks116K
Questions27
“like the floor for, is that possible for courtyard, or as a bench side seating area that is covered” — weboli
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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TreHus Architects+Interior Designers+Builders
2 Reviews
Greek Revival Remodel - Screened Porch
Ideabooks27,894
Questions10
This home was completely renovated, including an addition. It was transformed from a Colonial style to Greek Revival, which was more fitting for the neighborhood. The screened porch was added as a part of the renovation, with Greek Revival style pillars separating the screens, and durable ipe decking for a floor.
“step” — lmg415
Historical Concepts
4 Reviews
Renovation: Senoia Farmhouse
Ideabooks32,142
Questions13
Side porch at the 2012 Southern Living Idea House in Senoia, Georgia, with a traditional "haint blue" ceiling. Photo: Laurey W. Glenn (courtesy Southern Living) Interior Design: Tracery
“aria di primavera” — valacri
Rice and Brown Architects
4 Reviews
Architectural Details
Ideabooks22,733
Questions11
In order for the kitchen to serve the back porch, I designed the window opening to be a glass garage door, with continuous granite countertop. It's perfect.
“partial wall set up” — Sheela Bhatia
Hansen Architects, P.C.
1 Review
Porch Bed Swing
Ideabooks54,711
Questions8
Richard Leo Johnson
“Love swing!” — Kristin Anderson
Lucy Interior Design
9 Reviews
Sunroom Serenity
Ideabooks40,549
Questions33
All furnishings are available through Lucy Interior Design. www.lucyinteriordesign.com - 612.339.2225 Interior Designer: Lucy Interior Design Photographer: Andrea Rugg
“Love the colors” — paclaes
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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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