Top 12 Cozy Front Porches
Custom Home Trends for Porches
When you want to get the most out of your outdoor surroundings with porches, decks, and screen porches, adding a small porch to the front of your home - and a large deck or screen porch to the rear - might be the best way to create a balanced look, feel, and use for your new home.
Below are photos of 13 small front porch design ideas, built in North Carolina.
Front Porch Design Ideas #1: The Shoal Creek
Craftsman columns punctuate this small front porch, designed as a rocking chair porch. Flagstone steps lead to the dual front doors. A summer fan is placed above, in the beadboard ceiling.
Front Porch Design Ideas #2: The Dugan
This front porch is a no-curb design, intended for aging in place and wheelchair accessible use. The porch is tucked into the home, with a roofline that extends from the home, creating a perfectly blended look.
Front Porch Design Ideas #3: The Coventry
A double column design and white painted railings make this small front porch stand out against the traditional red all brick home.
Although this porch is short in length, it is built to be wide enough for a pair of rocking chairs and table.
Front Porch Design Ideas #4: The Gershwin
The railings on this small wrap around front porch are hand-built in a concentric design - sometimes called a "spider web" design - similar to the "chippendale" rail style. These porch railings give a completely custom feel to the entire front of the home.
Front Porch Design Ideas #5: The Christina
This one story all brick home features a tucked-in front porch. The second story dormers add a bit of traditional farmhouse appeal, along with the white porch columns.
Front Porch Design Ideas #6: The Lake House
Looking for lake home designs? This front porch is designed to take full advantage of the natural surroundings.
Front Porch Design Ideas #7: The Brogan
This craftsman home would not be complete without an efficient front porch designed to extend the front door portico into a usable space.
Front Porch Design Ideas #8: The Cannon
Victorian era accents punctuate this long front porch design, which incorporates a small wrapping area.
Front Porch Design Ideas #9: The Penelope
Arched detailing spans across this front porch design, with blue painted railings to match.
While many of these homes have porch designs made of wood, vinyl railing is becoming more popular for Raleigh new homes. While wood requires maintenance over time (repainting, revanishing), vinyl railing is very durable. Vinyl can even come in pre-made patterns.
Front Porch Design Ideas #10: The Oak Lane
The Oak Lane is a ranch style home with a three car garage and all brick exterior design.
The archways above this small front porch are custom designed to accentuate the arched transom windows above the front door and dining room windows.
Front Porch Design Ideas #11: The Azalea Park
Although relatively small, this full-length front porch uses a unique railing style - a vertical "criss-cross" custom painted wood. The posts alternate meeting at the top of the rail and bottom of the rail for a "zig-zag" design.
Front Porch Design Ideas #12: The Willow
Here is another example of how to add archways to your small front porch design.
White columns with additional detailing divide the archways into eye-catching symmetry.
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