By Lana Bingham
During those gorgeous days when the weather is comfortably warm, and a cool gentle breeze is blowing, nothing is better than sitting out on your front porch. Whether you are curled up on your comfy seat swing enjoying a good read with a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade, or entertaining few guests while catching up on neighborly news, the front porch is a perfect addition for your home’s exterior. A porch’s design is somewhat of an art, intended to complement the home’s unique style.
Bungalow: A bungalow inspired home really sets the standard for an “inviting” front porch. The porch is designed to offer homeowners picturesque views of tree lines streets and friendly passing neighbors. It takes on a casual and comfortable style, creating a generously welcoming atmosphere. Often supported by thick posts and built of warm wood or pretty pavers, a bungalow porch can be decorated with pops of colorful furniture. Key West style porches can take on similar features, with sloped metal roofing.
Colonial: This porch style mimics the old-fashioned appeal found from historic homes, in which people spent a great deal of time relaxing on their front porch. The Colonial home is known for a spacious double-fronted porch, structured by long white columns and completed with plantation shutters on the windows. This two-story feature adds both an expansive view and “southern charm” to the home’s exterior. Rocking chairs or seated swings often adorn the porch, inviting guests to stop by for a visit.
Traditional: Victorian homes and outdated farmhouses are no longer the only option for having a large wrap around porch. Many traditional style new homes in Tampa Bay are turning this porch style into a design option. A large wrap around porch is not only beautiful, but it also provides the homeowner with panoramic views. Wrap around porches greatly complement homes that are surrounded by a wall of large windows. Traditional homes can use either customary columns, railings and balusters for support, or take a more modern approach with rectangular posts and clean simple lines.
Mediterranean: A Mediterranean style home is known for its detailed and ornate architecture. While this type of home is more likely to have a balcony rather than a front porch, the porch can still be a great design opportunity for your home’s front exterior. A front porch with arched openings (arcades) can lead to the home’s entry and be completed with a small garden or outdoor fireplace. One characteristic of a Mediterranean home is the use of hand-painted tiles, specifically on the steps. Using these bold colored tiles to lead up to your elevated porch will also draw attention to your home.
The front porch serves a much greater purpose than just adding curb appeal to your home. It encourages community interaction and year-round outdoor relaxation. New home builders Tampa fl have proven that nearly any style of home can accommodate a front porch, as they come in all sizes and styles. To learn more about other custom home exterior options, contact us or visit our online photo gallery.
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