One thing many homeowners neglect to consider when investing in a property is the importance of a porch. Often, your outdoor living space is just as important as the indoor one. Although you may not spend as much time on your porch as you do your kitchen or bedroom, it is still an integral piece of your living area.
Luckily, however, you can easily build or add on to your existing porch without changing any of the structure of your home. So before you start making arrangements, take time to consider a few important points.
by Dresser Homes
Consider the climate
Do you live in an area that experiences a great deal of rain? If so, you may want to consider a porch in which at least a fraction of the space is covered. Do you live in an area that attracts a lot of insects? If so, you may want your porch to be screened-in. By considering these things ahead of time, you can enjoy the great outdoors without being completely uncomfortable.
by Whitten Architects / photography by Rob Karosis
by Lorin Hill, Architect
What is the purpose?
Will you be hosting a lot of parties or are you more private? Will you need space for a large outdoor eating area or will a small cafe table suffice? Will you be installing a Jacuzzi and rolling out a large outdoor grill or will your porch be used for just quiet afternoons with a good book? The scope and scale of the project depends not only on your budget, but also your personal needs.
by Cathy Carr, APLD
by Michelle Jacoby, Changing Spaces
Where it should be!
Some homeowners already have a current front porch that they would like to extend into a wrap-around while others have a small back balcony area they want to convert into a multi-tiered deck. Still others would prefer a small side deck located off the kitchen for outdoor dining. Remember that again the function of your porch will be one of the primary factors in deciding where it will be located.
by Tom Hurt Architecture
by Birdseye Design
Adding a porch will not only add to your own amusement, but at the same time increase the value and appeal of your home if you ever decide to sell. Will you do it?