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Calistoga
Calistoga
JKT Associates, Inc.
Amy A. Alper, Architect Landscape Design by Merge Studio Photos by John Merkl
Country tile porch idea in San Francisco
Gillsville House
Gillsville House
Robert M. Cain, Architect
An open porch is ideal for spring fall leisurely enjoyment of the site when bugs are not an issue. Photo: Rob Karosis
Inspiration for a country porch remodel in Atlanta with decking and a roof extension
Kiawah Residence
Kiawah Residence
Jan Jones LLC
Beach style screened-in porch idea in Dallas with decking and a roof extension
Wine Country Modern
Wine Country Modern
Lorin Hill, Architect
Wine Country Modern
This is an example of a mid-sized modern back porch design in San Francisco with a pergola.
Louvered Roofs
Louvered Roofs
Renson Inc.
Tilt the roof blades per your preference, at the touch of a button, integrate side elements such as zipshades, sliding panels, to protect from sun, bugs and rain, and make your outdoor another indoor space!
Irish Sea Front Porch
Irish Sea Front Porch
Flagg Coastal Homes
Photo by Ed Gohlich
Inspiration for a coastal porch remodel in San Diego with a roof extension
Brooks Porch
Brooks Porch
PLUM design / build
This is an example of a large traditional screened-in back porch design in Detroit with decking and a roof extension.
Keowee Springs Retreat
Keowee Springs Retreat
Gabriel Builders Inc.
Will Keown
Mountain style porch photo in Other
The Castaway House
The Castaway House
The Ranch Mine
Urban back porch idea in Phoenix
Mar Vista Modern
Mar Vista Modern
SweisKloss
Trendy concrete back porch idea in Los Angeles with a pergola
Columbia MAS
Columbia MAS
Fine Decks Inc.
This is an example of a mid-sized traditional porch design in DC Metro with decking and a roof extension.
Dallas Rennovation
Dallas Rennovation
Sharon Blumberg
Minimalist porch photo in Dallas
Crisp Architects
Crisp Architects
Crisp Architects
Country screened-in porch photo in New York with a roof extension
Lamberth Drive
Lamberth Drive
Plank & Pillow
Henry Jones
Inspiration for a farmhouse back porch remodel in Other with decking and a roof extension
Willow Drive
Willow Drive
Studio M Interiors
This is an example of a country porch design in Minneapolis.
Traditional Porch
Traditional Porch
Classic porch idea in Other with decking and a roof extension
Westover Residence
Westover Residence
Cornerstone Architects
The Westover lot presented a unique challenge in balancing the owner’s program within McMansion ordinances. The program called for an open entertaining area on the main level that, while engaging with the site and neighborhood, also needed to maintain privacy from pedestrian traffic on this corner site. The living spaces are organized on the northeast side opening up to a loggia, garden and pool area. The entry, circulation, and dining areas disengage the prep area and study while maintaining a visual openness to the plan. Ordinances play a pivotal role in the massing leading to vertical and horizontal breaks, and in detaching the garage from the main body. The historic distinctiveness of Pemberton Heights is critical in the material selection, colors and details. Fenestration is carefully orchestrated to let ample light while playing an important role in the design language. Cost, simplicity and the neighborhood vernacular were driving factors in the design approach. Photography by Adam Steiner
Cottage on the Hill
Cottage on the Hill
Murphy & Co. Design
Photo by Shelley Paulson
Elegant porch photo in Minneapolis
Transitional New Mexico Territorial house
Transitional New Mexico Territorial house
Lynne Barton Bier - Home on the Range Interiors
Architect: Joe Patrick Robbins, AIA Builder: Cogswell Construction, Inc. Photographer: Tim Murphy
Inspiration for a southwestern stone porch remodel in Denver with a roof extension
Superior St. Residence
Superior St. Residence
Turn Collaborative
Work performed with Daniel Dubay Interior Design.
Trendy porch idea in Chicago
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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 128,218 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Studio M Interiors and JKT Associates, Inc.. 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.