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Before and After: 7 Sensational Front Porch Additions

 

There should be some sort of law that stipulates that all homes constructed from this moment in time onward must include a front porch. My opinion, of course. But seriously, wouldn't all homes look better with a front porch? They're inviting, charming, and add to the livable space of your home. If I haven't swayed you, check out these seven homes that have been transformed by porches.

We're gonna start big and Victorian. At one point in its lifetime, this 1893 home actually had its wraparound porch removed. Recent owners--wisely--decided to put the porch back.

Now she's back to her old, beautiful self. 

Although this home looked lovely before, the porch Stratton Exteriors gave it is the perfect cherry on top. 

Although this rambler had a porch, it was totally forgettable. Not any more, for not only did  it get a new porch, the entire roofline was reworked (not to mention new windows, siding and etc.).

Now it's fresh and lovely.

 

 

Take it from us: every porch needs a porch swing. For $66, this one will make your porch the perfect summer hangout.

 

Big and boxy, this two-story was ripe for a porch.

Yup, better.

Another 2-story that was aching for a porch:

Although it might look like it has new siding, it doesn't. The owner painted the bricks. 

Now for something more demure, this sweet little 1 1/2 story had a bit of a porch before that didn't command much attention.

After, there's no mistaking it. That is a porch.

Overgrown and overlooked, this modest home was lacking major curb appeal.

Now it oozes it. 

And, finally, this house not only got a porch but a second story too. And the front entry was repositioned.

All the changes work together. So much so, I can't imagine one without the other two. 

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Donna on Apr 15, 2015:

The key to porches you can enjoy is to bild them with a railing. It gives you a sense of a room and privacy while you are sitting out on them. We originally built our home with no railing. it was amaxing how cosy it got when we added one. We are in teh country so don't need one but have noticed so many people in less private locations without railings and the porches don't seem to be used. 


Anonymous on Nov 13, 2014:

We added a porch to our last two houses.  They were both wonderful additions!  If you're worried about your house getting dark, don't cover the porch, or at least all of it, or don't extend the porch so it goes past all windows.  In our current house we were unable to extend the small porch roof that was already there, so probably 3/4 of the porch is not covered.  The house gets plenty of light.  Porches are a great way to socialize with your neighbors.  My late husband was wheelchair bound and the porch allowed him to get out.  I can't tell you how many neighbors came over to talk to him and friends taking their daily walk would stop and sit with him.  I would highly recommend porches!


Ivette on Aug 09, 2014:

I'm the owner of house #5. The porch was added by previous owners. We absolutely love it and spend a lot of time on it!


Anonymous on Jul 06, 2014:

We designed skylights over each bedroom window that looked out over our covered back patio. I can't say it added much needed inside light during the day because the roof line was facing north east. I feel like we wasted our money as far as inside the house. The actual patio gets a little reflective light because the inside of the skylight boxes are painted a light color.


Anonymous on Aug 03, 2013:

My last house had a porch, and while I loved the look of it, it made my house so depressingly dark that after a year I gave up and moved (it was a rental). How does anyone with a porch get natural light into their home? Is there a way to have the awning be shallow, or have a skylight of some sort?


steph on Jul 31, 2013:

I think porches look great from the outside but they make the inside incredibly dark. I need light, so I cannot live in a house with a porch (It would be different if I lived in the Caribbean of course).


Anonymous on Jul 31, 2013:

How do you find someone qualified to add a porch to your house.


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