Are you considering adding a porch to your home? There are plenty of ways you can design this space to be both attractive and functional. Take a look at these helpful tips for planning and designing a new front porch this year:
List Your Needs and Desires
Before you begin designing your front porch, make a list of what you want to be able to use your porch for. Do you want to relax there? Will your children be playing on it? Do you want to be able to use it during the colder months? Would you like to enjoy your morning coffee or dinner there? The key to building the perfect porch is ensuring you design it to fit your specific needs and the needs of your family.
Many homeowners choose to build a porch on their home so that they can enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of their home. When designing your porch, consider practical needs that will be vital for a comfortable outdoor experience. There are certain elements that you’ll want to stay protected from, such as excessive sunlight, rain, cold temperatures, snow, and bugs. Some practical ideas for your front porch include adding:
- Ceiling fans
- Heating elements
- Awning or roof
- Lights for nighttime use
Choose a Complementary Style
You don’t want your new porch sticking out like a sore thumb, so working with a designer can be highly beneficial in ensuring your porch complements and flows with your home’s existing aesthetic. If your porch will include roofing tiles, consider matching the tiles to your home’s existing roof. Use paint colors that match or go well with your home’s siding. Try to find a layout that enhances your home’s exterior, rather than giving it too unique or exotic of a look.
Get the Materials and Design Help You Need from J.F. Johnson
J.F. Johnson Lumber Company offers a wide range of products to help homeowners and builders bring their porch designs to life. If you’re looking to enhance your outdoor living space or simply give your front porch a bit of functionality, we’re here to help. Give us a call today for more information.