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House Calls: Porch planning



 

House Calls: Porch planning

House Calls: Porch planning
News from Leader-Telegram:

Outdoor living spaces are one of the most popular design trends of the past few years in both new home construction and remodeling. It’s a trend that looks like it’s going to be around for many years to come.

Whether you’re remodeling to make your home better suited to your family’s current lifestyle or to spruce it up to be more attractive to potential buyers, adding a front porch can be a great option.

Here are some considerations you should think about when planning your new front porch – whether you will build it yourself or hire a contractor:

Size: The porch is an accessory, so it shouldn’t overwhelm the main structure of the house. It should, however, be large enough to look like part of your home instead of an afterthought.

Think about what you want to use your porch for. If you envision dining al fresco with your family during the warm weather months, you’ll want a porch that’s at least 8- to 10-feet deep to accommodate a good-sized table and chairs.

Six feet should be sufficient if you just want to place a love seat or a couple of chairs outside.

Location: Which side of your home you decide to build the porch on can be an important factor.

A south-facing porch will take advantage of the sun’s heat, but could also get uncomfortable during the summ…………… continues on Leader-Telegram

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