While I love the large two-story porches in Low Country homes and long wraparound porches on farmhouses, their smaller counterparts hold just as much appeal. You don't need hundreds of square feet to create a charming and welcoming porch. As long as you have a place to sit, a porch of any size is a wonderful covered outdoor space you'll enjoy from spring through fall. Here's a look at some modest porches that add miles of charm and great livable space.
Key Measurements to Help You Design the Perfect Front Porch
This tiny porch and its pediment give this home loads of curb appeal. From the Chippendale railings to the comfortable rockers, a welcoming entry where you'll want to stay awhile is evident.
This pediment provides just enough room for this tiny entry porch. It doesn't provide quite enough room for rockers, so cleverly buit-in benches provide a comfortable spot for enjoying the country scenery.
New urbanism embraces the good old-fashioned front porch as an element that promotes community interaction. There's plenty of room here to wave your neighbors over to join you for some sweet tea.
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
This California home combines several architectural styles, and the front porch gives it a dose of All-American style.
Texas Construction Company
This back porch has room enough for a porch swing, which is all the porch furniture it needs.
Debra Campbell Design
Make the most of a long, narrow porch by using either end for larger pieces of furniture.
This side porch's roof is metal, making a great spot to sit and enjoy the sound of the rain while staying dry.
Around the corner of the same house, another small porch creates a protected entryway.
The porch's roofline extends and wraps around the corner to the side porch. This is a cleverly executed vernacular detail that lends a farmhouse feel to this home.
Tongue & Groove
A large, open pediment creates a shallow porch, gives a grander sense of entry and enhances the Craftsman style of this home.
Woodburn & Company Landscape Architecture, LLC
This beautiful shingle-style home's small porch allows the owners to sit for a spell and admire their gardens.
Who needs lots of square footage when you have a view from a sunporch like this?
Smith & Vansant Architects PC
If your tiny porch has the room, a pair of rockers is all you need to give you the full porch experience.
Houzz Contributor. Hi There! I currently live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I'll describe as "collected." I got into design via Landscape Architecture, which I studied at the University of Virginia. I've been writing about design online for quite a few years over at Hatch: The Design Public Blog.
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