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Front Porch & Garages
Front Porch & Garages
Corbo Associates Inc.
Michael Bowman Photography
Inspiration for a mid-sized rustic front porch remodel in New York with decking and a roof extension
Covered Rear Porch
Covered Rear Porch
Pike Properties
This is an example of a large coastal back porch design in Charlotte with a fireplace and a roof extension.
Farmhouse Modern
Farmhouse Modern
Fergus Garber Architects
Country back porch idea in San Francisco with decking and a roof extension
Best of Fall 2018
Best of Fall 2018
Charleston Home + Design Mag
This is an example of a coastal porch design in Charleston with decking and a roof extension.
Lakefront Craftsman // Farmhouse
Lakefront Craftsman // Farmhouse
Younger Homes
Large beach style stamped concrete metal railing back porch idea in Austin with a fireplace and a roof extension
Homestead Farm
Homestead Farm
Beautiful Chaos Interior Design & Styling
Inspiration for a mid-sized country screened-in side porch remodel in Minneapolis
Dream Home | Fall 2018 Parade of Homes | Reverence
Dream Home | Fall 2018 Parade of Homes | Reverence
Homes by Tradition
Spacecrafting
Beach style screened-in back porch idea in Minneapolis with a roof extension and decking
Hilltop Farmstead
Hilltop Farmstead
GRIT Co.
Snap Chic Photography
Large cottage porch container garden idea in Austin with decking and a roof extension
Portico Addition and Exterior Renovation
Portico Addition and Exterior Renovation
A&E Construction and Design Center
Cape Cod Exterior Renovation and Portico Addition in Princeton NJ. New vinyl shingle siding , Andersen windows and front door.
Inspiration for a mid-sized craftsman front porch remodel in Philadelphia with a roof extension
Pecan Creek, Horseshoe Bay
Pecan Creek, Horseshoe Bay
Reece McIver Homes
Mark Adams
Inspiration for a mid-sized farmhouse concrete front porch remodel in Austin with a roof extension
Cumming Front Porch
Cumming Front Porch
Georgia Front Porch
Two story home with new front porch addition. Tapered columns with stone piers, ceiling fans and stone pavers. © Jan Stittleburg for Georgia Front Porch. JS PhotoFX.
Modern Farmhouse
Modern Farmhouse
SwatchPop!
Cottage porch photo in Atlanta
Summer Hill
Summer Hill
Gregg Homebuilding Company
Mid-sized elegant concrete screened-in back porch photo in Nashville with a roof extension
Chelsea House
Chelsea House
J.M. Froehler Construction
Mid-sized cottage front porch photo in Other with a roof extension
Sun Porch
Sun Porch
Design & Build Remodelers
Interior Day/Night and Exterior Day
Large classic screened-in back porch idea in Cedar Rapids with decking and a roof extension
Buckhead Manor
Buckhead Manor
Beth Webb Interiors
Inspiration for a mediterranean porch remodel in Atlanta
Home in Hampton Lake
Home in Hampton Lake
Coastal Signature Homes
Another view of this specious and elegant back porch -- not your Mama's porch anymore. Today's porches are really more living space; room to enjoy the great outdoors and extend the living space of your home. Great for entertainment and just relaxing. This porch is furnished with comfy chairs and a sofa, ceiling fan and and an outdoor kitchen. Love the green painted ceiling for a little pop of color and how the French Sliders open wide to invite guests in or out.
Hartland Pond House
Hartland Pond House
Demetriades + Walker
Peter Peirce
Mid-sized trendy porch photo in Bridgeport with decking and a roof extension
The Baker House
The Baker House
Carl Mattison Design
The front porch had not been used for 40 years. Now, it can be used daily for dining and more!
Transitional porch photo in Atlanta
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 124,542 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including GRIT Co. and Demetriades + Walker. 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.