flexiblefullpage - default
Currently Reading

How to Transform the Front Porch Into a Livable Space

billboard - default
Home Design

How to Transform the Front Porch Into a Livable Space

The front porch is the best place for homeowners to make a good first impression, and these tips from Housing Design Matters combine to create an inviting space that's sure to please

December 7, 2022
Finished front porch with wood trim and gray siding
Image: Stock.adobe.com

Front porches are an integral part of traditional neighborhood developments, encouraging interaction between neighbors, shielding entryways, and providing a transition from the public world to a private one. According to Housing Design Matters, properly designed porches not only add to a home’s aesthetic appeal, but they also function as livable, usable space for homeowners and guests. 

A minimum depth of six feet is adequate for a set of small chairs, but a larger depth of eight feet can accommodate a full outdoor living setup or a porch swing. Apart from size, a front porch’s comfort relies on the textures and materials used to create a warm, inviting space. Rather than concrete, Housing Design Matters suggests finishing the flooring with synthetic wood planking and adding a maintenance-free beadboard patterned vinyl to the ceiling.

Homes with front porches just look better. Perhaps they evoke nostalgia and memories of less hectic times. Almost all styles of houses look better with porches. The details around the porch may change from style to style like the size and shape of the columns, the trim around the windows and even the color and style of the front door. All of these components come together to enhance that quintessential image of “Home”.

Read more

leaderboard2 - default

Related Stories


6th Annual MVP Awards: Outdoor Living

The Most Valuable Product Awards showcase the best in new building product design, innovation, and functionality. Here are the winners in the Outdoor Living category


4 Dark Skies-Friendly Outdoor Light Fixtures

As awareness of light pollution grows, there's more interest in dark-sky-friendly lighting. These outdoor lights have a seal of approval from the International Dark-Sky Association

New-Home Sales

Outdoor Living Features That Help to Sell a Home

Outdoor TVs, matte black finishes, and soapstone countertops are some of the backyard features attracting today's homebuyers

boombox1 -
native1 - default
halfpage2 -

More in Category

Home builders can maximize efficiencies gained through simplification and standardization by automating both on-site and back-office operations 

Delaware-based Schell Brothers, our 2023 Builder of the Year, brings a refreshing approach to delivering homes and measuring success with an overriding mission of happiness

NAHB Chairman's Message: In a challenging business environment for home builders, and with higher housing costs for families, the National Association of Home Builders is working to help home builders better meet the nation's housing needs

native2 - default
halfpage1 -

Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.

Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.