Front Porches Create an Inviting Curb Appeal to that Ohio Home

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The porch is that place between the front door and the rest of the garden, open space or enclosed. Here you can take your breakfast, lunch or dinner in those moments when you can’t stand eating even a sandwich
inside the home. It’s the perfect place for doing all the activities you can at home but enjoying the fresh air; staying in open space and feeling in the same time at home is a heavenly sensation.

The front porch will create curb appeal and first impressions that in the future will push a home to sell over others before the buyer has even walked into the home.  So let’s talk a bit about designing that porch.

The front porch design must be similar and in tone with the home and the backyard design. This place should load you with energy as long as its decorations are full of life. When you don’t have any porch decorating ideas use plants for a cozy environment, pillows for making relaxing beds – ideal spaces for relaxing, curtains to protect against the sun, or create a closed space with fireplace to use your porch in the colder days.

Adding a front porch to your home or improving an existing one can help create a sense of arrival. Entry porches have their roots all the way back in ancient Rome, where many buildings featured grand porticos that served as a transition from the outdoors into the building. Today porches serve three purposes:

They highlight a home's entrance by framing the front door

They provide a protected transition where guests can wipe their feet, or leave umbrellas

Large porches can be used as a place to spend time with family and friends

When adding a porch to a home it is vital to make sure the style of the porch matches with the existing architecture. A landscape designer will be able to help you integrate the front porch so that it appears to have always been a part of the home. Below are some front porch ideas based on the architectural style of the home.

The flooring material for a porch also depends largely on the style of your home. A tropical style house would benefit from a porch made of Brazilian wood decking, while a colonial home would look great with a brick porch. Just remember that the most important thing to consider when selecting porch flooring is outdoor durability.

Ceilings vary just as much.  Again here you need to consider the matching of the rest of the structure and style of your home.  Consider also the tone you are creating.  Open beams leave that old country home and give “family first feeling” Whereas white paneled ceilings may create a more contemporary, party like atmosphere.


So when planning that front porch take the time to plan ahead the complete picture of what you have in mind and agree on design where all the elements from top to bottom follow the same theme.

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Grant Schneider
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Stanley - Homes with front porches have so much character in my opinion.  Everytime I see one I take notice.  I am glad to see more of them.

Jun 12, 2015 11:54 PM #1
William Feela
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I see front porches coming back in many of the new developements in my area

Jun 20, 2015 02:42 PM #2
Stanley Stepak
Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH - Avon Lake, OH
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Grant - It is a big draw now to have that porch in new developments here in Northeast Ohio in the 200 - 350000 price range,

William - yes same here.


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