Four Great Styles For The Front Porch

Home Builder with Javic Homes

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Traditional: Victorian homes and outdated farmhouses are no longer the only option for having a large wrap around porch.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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Comments (5)

Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin


Nice post and great pictures. Hope you have a great week. 

Aug 26, 2012 11:22 PM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

The first front porch is my favorite, we use our front porch all the time, a great social media room.

Aug 26, 2012 11:23 PM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

thanks for sharing these beautiful shots.. they all are very special in their own way, and so different in style... Its hard to choose a favourite, but I think I'm leaning to the more Traditional bungalow porch, with the Mediterranean and close second.  Love the architectural syle of the Mediterranean, but love the porch on the bungalow...

Thanks for sharing.. great photos!

Aug 26, 2012 11:41 PM
Brenda Martens

I love the top home.  Are there homes like this in Tampa?  We are interested in a home like this.

Thank you.

Jan 04, 2013 09:40 AM
Jon Solomon
Javic Homes - Tampa, FL

Brenda - Bungalow style homes are very popular in South Tampa. If you are interested in learning more about the cost of building a bungalow style custom home, you may want to visit our website and use the "Online Quote" function to learn more. Hope this helps!

Jan 06, 2013 10:00 PM

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