When we think of revamping our outdoor living spaces today, what often comes to mind is a deck or patio that increasingly includes an elaborate outdoor kitchen, spa or pool, and fireplace or firepit. But is there anything more iconic to American residential architecture than a porch?
Just the thought of sitting in a porch swing or rocker with a cool drink on a summer night makes you feel relaxed. The nostalgia of porches is undeniable.
Many North Carolina homes are in an architectural style that is compatible with adding a porch. Or they already have one or more that need repair. Porches as renovation projects are relatively inexpensive per square foot and add a “stop and smell the roses” dimension to your life. There’s no doubt that a front porch also immediately enhances a home’s curb appeal.
The Front Porch
Front porches evoke Southern hospitality. The deep porches of colonial-style homes are refined and symmetrical, built to help cool the home and protect the front rooms from the scorching summer sun.
Farmhouse porches are simple, casual, and unpretentious. They may wrap around the home, providing maximum space for family and friends to relax. Details often include a painted wood railing and a trellis or latticework. The look is complete when you add cozy wicker furniture and hanging planters.
Craftsman Bungalow style porches feature a natural, handcrafted look, with stone or brick trim on thick, square columns. They originally were designed to act as an extension of the modest interior living space of an Arts and Crafts home. Mission-style furniture or Adirondack chairs complete the look.
The Back Porch
While a front porch is an invitation to come and sit for a while, the back porch provides a different kind of respite. It’s a place to relax with more privacy and a view of a backyard landscape you’ve lovingly nurtured. It’s also the perfect venue for kicking back and watching the family at play. Back porches are more likely than front porches to be screened-in, providing the extra advantage of keeping the bugs away. (So, feel free to turn on a light and read while sipping that iced tea.)
Whatever the architectural style of your home, if you’d like to explore the possibilities of a porch or any kind of addition, we can help. We know that one of the most important things is to have the design of any addition blend in with your home’s architectural style and not look tacked-on.
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