When you are planning your porch, there are a few things to consider. The most important factor is the size of your porch. You need to make sure that it is big enough to accommodate the activities that you will be using it for. Another thing to consider is the style of your porch. Make sure it matches the style of your house! Finally, think about what features you would like on your porch. Awnings? Benches? Railings?
When deciding on the size of your porch, the most important factor to consider is how you plan to use it. If you want to use it for entertaining guests, then you’ll need a porch that is large enough to comfortably accommodate your guests. Similarly, if you plan on using your porch for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors, then you’ll need a porch that is large enough for you to comfortably relax in. Are you looking to house two rocking chairs or an entire sitting area? Once you’ve decided on the size of your porch, the next step is to decide on the style of your porch.
The style of your porch should match the style of your house. If you have a traditional-looking house, then a traditional-looking porch would be the best choice. However, if you have a more modern-looking house, then a more modern-looking porch would be the better choice. If you need help identifying the current style of your house, use this awesome infographic from PartSelect. (You can zoom in.)
There are many different styles of porches to choose from, so take your time in choosing the right one for your home. Once you’ve decided on the style of your porch, the next step is to decide on the features that you would like to include on your porch. Awnings, benches, and railings are all popular choices for porches. However, there are many other options available as well.
Awnings are a great way to keep the sun off of your porch during the hotter months. Benches are a great way to add additional seating to your porch. Railings are a great way to add safety and security to your porch. (They can also be used as decoration!) Railings may be important for future home-sale as well, as there are rules surrounding handrails and balusters specifically for buyers using FHA loans.
If you're not sure what features you want on your porch, check out some of the other people's porches in your neighborhood. It can be attractive to adopt a cohesive look with your neighbors, or you may want to set a bar that you'd like to surpass, for improved curb appeal compared to your neighbors. The internet is also a fantastic source of inspiration, from Instagram hashtags to Pinterest boards, to Houzz idea books.
When choosing the features for your porch, it is important to consider both function and form. Awnings, benches, and railings are all functional choices for your porch. However, they can also be used to add aesthetic appeal to your porch. Choose the features that you feel will best suit your needs and the needs of your family.
Once you've noted your preferred size, style, and feature for your needs, schedule a meeting with an experienced contractor. Our team at Green Restoration & Reconstruction has extensive remodeling experience, and we can help guide you to the best solutions for your needs and budget, without sacrificing style.