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From Pre-Fab to Farmhouse
From Pre-Fab to Farmhouse
Historical Concepts
Photography: Blayne Beacham Macauley
Inspiration for a cottage porch remodel in Atlanta
Northeast Lantern Sharon Hanging Lights
Northeast Lantern Sharon Hanging Lights
Northeast Lantern
Beautiful Northeast Lantern handcrafted in the USA hanging light fixtures. Made with 100% solid brass.
Classic porch idea in Boston with a roof extension
Front house enclosed porch
Front house enclosed porch
Ehlen Creative Communications
Photography by Mark Ehlen - Ehlen Creative
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary front porch remodel in Minneapolis with a roof extension
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Screen Porch with Stone Base
Screen Porch with Stone Base
WINN Design+Build
This screen porch was constructed with a stone base, composite trim/moldings and a stained-cypress ceiling with a dropped-crown featuring LED-rope lighting to soften the otherwise cold surfaces.
Eclectic Porch
Eclectic Porch
PT Designs Inc. / DDI
An eclectic screened porch with an interesting mix of natural and manmade textures.
Eclectic porch idea in DC Metro with a roof extension
Cavalcanti Entry Porch
Cavalcanti Entry Porch
CARIB DANIEL MARTIN architecture and design llc
Carib Daniel Martin, Project Architect for Manion + Martin Architects, P.C.
Minimalist porch idea in DC Metro
Screened Patios
Screened Patios
Rose Quality Exteriors
Mountain style concrete screened-in porch idea in Nashville with a roof extension
Log Home Front Porch Modern-Day Farmhouse
Log Home Front Porch Modern-Day Farmhouse
TIMBERHAVEN LOG & TIMBER HOMES
The front porch of this log home spans across the entire facade. It overlooks the family's pond and beautiful countryside. The porch posts, hand rail and logs are hand-hewn. The 8x12 logs feature a chinking groove (for aesthetics only) and Dovetail corner assembly. This is a modified Pleasant Grove design, built with 6x12 Traditional Solid Kiln-Dried Logs, manufactured by Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes.
Victoria Blake Lane Porch
Victoria Blake Lane Porch
ReVision Design/Remodeling
© Deborah Scannell Photography
Mid-sized screened-in back porch photo in Charlotte
Traditional Porch
Traditional Porch
Classic porch idea in Other with decking and a roof extension
Lovely Renovations
Lovely Renovations
Siena Custom Builders, Inc.
An added porch off to the side - a quiet place to relax and enjoy the pretty landscaping Michael Lipman Photography
Elegant front porch photo in Chicago
Interlachen Country Club (Edina)
Interlachen Country Club (Edina)
John Kraemer & Sons
Builder: John Kraemer & Sons Architecture: Sharratt Design & Co. Interior Design: Katie Redpath Constable Photography: Landmark Photography
This is an example of a traditional porch design in Minneapolis with a fire pit and a roof extension.
Del Rey Duplex
Del Rey Duplex
Native Staging
Trendy tile front porch photo in Los Angeles with a roof extension
Covered Porch with Cedar Shakes
Covered Porch with Cedar Shakes
User
Hal Kearney, Photographer
Inspiration for a rustic porch remodel in Other
Screened Porch
Screened Porch
By Design
3-season porch . Photo by Bruce Butler
This is an example of a traditional screened-in front porch design in Portland Maine with a roof extension.
Maine Island Residence - Photo by Emily Minton Redfield
Maine Island Residence - Photo by Emily Minton Redfield
Griffin Design Source
Beach style porch photo in Denver with decking and a roof extension
Jerome Village Lot 125
Jerome Village Lot 125
Romanelli & Hughes Custom Home Builders
J.E. Evans
Transitional porch photo in Columbus with decking and a roof extension
Weston Manor
Weston Manor
Cummings Architecture + Interiors
Inspiration for a mid-sized farmhouse wood railing porch remodel in Boston
Lake Residence
Lake Residence
Sheffield Construction Company, Inc
Mountain style porch photo in Atlanta with a fire pit
Northgrove Residence
Northgrove Residence
Studio Steinbomer
Outdoor patio view of the Northgrove Residence. Interior Design by Amity Worrell & Co. Construction by Smith Builders. Photography by Andrea Calo.
Huge beach style back porch idea in Austin with a roof extension and decking
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Generations ago, the porch was where all the action happened — a place to converse with neighbors, cool off in summer and watch kids play in the yard. Today, porches are making a comeback as homeowners look to channel those relaxing days with front stoops and wraparounds. As you browse porch ideas, keep in mind that yours should feel like an extension of the home's interior. Read further for more porch design tips.

What kind of porch should I add to my home?


The size and type of your house porch is primarily dictated by your budget, space and overall look. A typical one is integrated into the roofline, so keep that in mind that you’re likely looking at an expensive remodel. Wraparound porches takes up quite a bit of yard space and often require a change to multiple areas of the house, while small sun porch designs out back are a little less tedious. Adding a front stoop is a quick way to enhance your curb appeal, and 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 desired style.

What type of porch railings should I have?


The railings, or balustrade, you decide to use can help set the overall style of your porch design. While you can always go with simple vertical balusters for a more craftsman look, there are tons of other porch designs that will make your railings pop. Try turning those same vertical posts diagonally or varying the spacing to create unique patterns. Alternatively, traditional turned railings give a more classic look and will surely make your space sturdy for years to come. For an intricate showstopper, go with a custom sawn wood design that will instantly give a Victorian vibe to your space. For industrial or modern styles, consider metal railings, or sleek horizontal cable railings. To keep your views from being obstructed, glass is always a good option (plus, all of your gorgeous decor won’t be hidden from neighbors). Regardless of the style you decide on, make sure you adhere to local building codes and implement your porch ideas safely.

How should I decorate my porch?


There are no formal rules when it comes to porch decorating ideas, other than to make sure they reflect your lifestyle. You can easily create additional living space by adding plenty of outdoor furniture. Try creating an afternoon nap spot by adding a hammock, swing or daybed, or include simple rocking chairs and adirondack chairs for sipping and chatting with friends. Many porch ideas Include a table or two to set down drinks or snacks, whether it be a small side table or a larger bistro set for summertime meals. Be sure to leave enough space to walk around any furniture, as climbing over your friends and family is not ideal. In general, remember porches are outdoor spaces, so some metals and fabrics can rust and absorb moisture, or fade from being in the sun. Bring in sensitive items when the weather worsens, and opt for more versatile weatherproof pieces overall. To bring your personality into the space, add decorative items like wall hangings, potted plants, throw pillows and rugs for additional color and comfort. Ultimately, it’s all about relaxation and simplicity, so be sure that's reflected in your porch decor and furnishings.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a porch renovation or are building a designer porch from scratch, Houzz has 128,078 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including WINN Design+Build and Northeast Lantern. Look through porch pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a porch design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful porch photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.