Design Tips for the Perfect Porch

March 5, 2020

Could your outdoor space use a makeover? Adding a porch to your home is a great way to add functionality to your outdoor space while improving the overall curb appeal of your home. But not all porches are created equal, and there are some design considerations to think about that can make your porch a real asset to your home.

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Let’s look at some design tips that can make your porch a real oasis for you while also increasing your home’s value.

Style

The style of your porch is so important to the overall curb appeal of your home. When designing the porch, make sure to keep in mind the style of house you have. Do you have a craftsman-style home or a mid-century modern home? Is the exterior of your home brick or does it have siding? Keeping your porch’s style in line with your home’s style will create a cohesive look that will increase the value and desirability of your home.

Function

When coming up with an initial design for your porch you’ll want to carefully consider the function you want your porch to have. Are you looking for a front porch for rocking chairs to increase the curb appeal of your home? Or are you looking for a large porch off the back of the home for playing games or entertaining friends?

What you intend to use the porch for should play a major part in the design process. If you want an outdoor eating space, make sure the size and shape of the porch will accommodate a table and chairs. On the other hand, if you want a space for relaxing on a couch with friends, you’ll want to make the porch a good size and shape for lounge furniture.

Additions

And finally, once you’ve determined the style and function of your porch, you’ll want to consider what, if any, additions you’ll want on your porch. Do you live in an area surrounded by trees that tend to attract bugs in the summer? Screening your new porch is a great investment that will add value to your time outside. Likewise, lighting fixtures and fans can provide light and cool in the evening and during the summer. Will you be entertaining? Maybe adding an electrical outlet on your porch is a good idea so you can plug in a mini-fridge or stereo.

Let Platinum Exteriors Build You the Perfect Porch

There is no single perfect porch design because all homeowners have different styles and different uses for their porch. By designing a porch for your needs with the help of a professional you can design and build the perfect porch for you and your family. At Platinum Exteriors, we offer porch design and building, roofing, windows, and siding repair in Maryland. We’d love to help you with all of your outdoor home needs, so give us a call today.

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