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Types of Porch Railing | New Home Exterior Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 08, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

Types of Porch Railing Popular in North Carolina

New Home Exterior Style Ideas

Here are three popular front porch railing styles - with up-close photos to help you see the differences.

Each of these porch railings have visual appeal with materials and styles that compliment the design and colors of the home exteriors.  These porch railings also provide a practical measure of safety and convenience for both kids and adults.

There are endless railing designs to choose from. Get ideas from these picture samples.

 

Types of Front Porch Railing

 

This Raleigh new home wrap-around porch uses a unique railing style - a "spider web" custom wood design. 

 

What other special features can you name on this home exterior?

 - Colonial round windows

 - Transoms (above the front door and porch windows; on the side of second story center window)

 

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 - Shutters to match front door

 - Stone and shake siding accents

 

Take a closer look at the front porch railing - custom built by Stanton Homes.

This "spider web" is another specialty design, similar to the "chippendale" rail style.

 

 

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This Chapel Hill new home full-length front porch uses a different railing style - a vertical "criss-cross" custom painted wood design.

What other special features can you name on this home exterior?

 - Transoms (above the front door and porch windows; on the side of second story center window)

 

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 - Front door glass accent

 - Board and Batten exterior siding

 

Take a closer look at the front porch railing - custom built by Stanton Homes.

The posts alternate meeting at the top of the rail and bottom of the rail for a "zig-zag" design.

 

 

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Compare these two homes to a more common front porch railing style - vertical posts evenly placed with matching square columns, painted white.

 

What other special features can you name on this home exterior?

 - Wide colonial arch window above foyer

 

 

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 - Solid wood front door with window

 - Beadboard accents

 

Take a closer look at the front porch railing - custom built by Stanton Homes.

Many homebuyers love this classic front porch look.

 

 

 

While these porch designs are made of wood, vinyl railing is becoming more popular. While wood requires maintenance over time (repainting, revanishing), vinyl railing is very durable. Vinyl can even come in pre-made patterns.

 

Here are some new home exterior style and outdoor living features you may be interested in:

Exterior Elevations | Exterior Styles | Custom Home Exterior ChoicesHow Much Does a Screen Porch Cost? | Raleigh New Homes with Screen Porches | Types of Screen PorchesRaleigh New Homes with Front Porches | Types of Front Porches | Front Porch Styles

 

Also learn about:

Types of exterior siding - most popular new home exterior types

Are one story homes better than two story homes?

Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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How Much does a Wrap Around Porch Cost? | 2012 Custom Home Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Dec 15, 2011 @ 12:12 PM

New Homes with Wrap Around Porches

Wrap Around Porch Benefits and Options

 

New Homes with Wrap Around Porch

 

Wrap around porches are popular among Raleigh new home buyers. 

Learn about the benefits, styles and options, and costs involved when building a Raleigh new home with a wrap around porch.

 

 

 

Wrap Around Porch Benefits

- Sunrise view in the morning and sunset view at night

- All day comfort, in your choice of sun or shade

- Social and entertainment space

- Outdoor living space perfect for hammocks, rocking chairs or swings 

 

Wrap Around Porch Ideas

Wrap Around Porch Styles

There are many different types of wrap around porches.

Wrap-around porches can be two, three, or four sided to wrap partially or wholly around the house.

Wrap-around porches can also be broken into multiple sections by adding several access points from alcoves in the home.

 

 Wrap Around Front Porches - Ideas and Styles for Your New Home - Chapel Hill NC Custom Home Builders

Two story porches, attached walkways, attached gazebos, and outdoor staircases leading from ground level to the porch or from different porch levels are also build options.

 

 

  

 

How to choose a wrap around porch style

Before choosing your porch plan, take into consideration:Wrap Around Front Porches - Ideas and Styles for Your New Home - Chapel Hill NC Custom Home Builders

- The amount of space around your new home, which can determine how large the porch can be

- Will trees be in the way and need to be removed?

- Is there enough yard space to accommodate the extra width without encroaching required setbacks?

- Does the porch style match the home style?

- Do you want the porch to have rounded corners or traditional 90 degree angles?

- What type of flooring, hand railing, columns, balusters, or posts are appropriate, given the style of the home?

 

How much does a wrap around porch cost?

 Wrap Around Front Porches - Ideas and Styles for Your New Home - Chapel Hill NC Custom Home Builders

Wrap around porch build cost varies depending on:

 - Total square footage of porch space

 - Type of porch surface (can be concrete, wood, brick, slate, tile, or other flooring surface)

 - Type of railings

 - Type of support pillars (Hand built Craftsman stone columns are the most expensive, basic 4x4 support post are least expensive, with a wide range of options between)

 - Type of roof (standing seam metal, rounded, copper, dimensional shingles)

 - Height from the ground

 

 

 Wrap Around Front Porches - Ideas and Styles for Your New Home - Raleigh NC Custom Home Builders

There are other practical factors you need to take into consideration once you decide to build a home with a wrap-around porch.

It may be necessary to add electrical outlets for laptops, music players, or other electronics.

Wireless internet must encompass the porch area.

All built-in lighting and ceiling fans should be planned during framing and electrical rough in stages.

Wrap Around Porch Ideas

 

Wrap around porches are usually found in custom home neighborhoods.  Depending on the style and features, a wrap around front porch can add $5-15K or more to the cost of your new home.   Talk to your custom home builder about what it will take to bring home your new wrap around porch.

 

 

 

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How to Choose Your Front Porch Style

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 @ 12:09 PM

How Much Will it Cost to include a Front Porch in my Raleigh New Home?

Planning Your Front Porch Front Porch Design Ideas

Before choosing a floor plan with extensive porch space, take into consideration the amount of space around your new home, which can determine how large the porch can be.

Will trees be in the way and need to be removed?

Is there enough space to accommodate the extra width of a large porch without encroaching required setbacks?

Front proch style features can also determine several cost factors (such as types of building materials required).

Do you want the porch to have rounded corners or traditional 90 degree angles? Do you want running trim or molding?

Front Porch Design Ideas - Houzz Ideabook of Front Porches

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Front Porch in Raleigh?

The cost of a front porch in a Raleigh new home can vary depending on:

  • Total square footage of porch space
  • Type of porch surface (can be concrete, wood, brick, slate, tile, or other flooring surface)
  • Type of railings
  • Type of support pillars (Hand built Craftsman stone columns are the most expensive, basic 4x4 support post are least expensive, with a wide range of options between)
  • Type of roof (standing seam metal, rounded, copper, dimensional shingles)
  • Height from the ground

Depending on the style and features, a wrap around front porch can add $5-15K or more to the cost of your new home.

Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

Click here for photo galleries of screen and rear porches.

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