Porch-sitting is an American pastime like no other, and it has not gone out of style. No, it is as standard and routine as ever in today’s world, and custom homeowners can benefit from the various perks that one offers. The question is, should you have a back porch or a front porch? Is there room for both of them? Both have their differences, and both offer something nice to the household. Below you can get a much better idea for whether a back or front porch will suit your custom home the most. Read on to learn more!
What Exactly is a Porch?
A porch is a covered or enclosed outdoor area on the same level as the home’s first floor. It can have rails or columns or just columns to help support the roof. It could have columns or rails or simply columns to support your roof. It can be screened, enclosed, or open as well. Given the space, a porch could have a wider or shorter depth, with more or less room to set up some outdoor furniture.
Front Porches in Your Home
Front porches are great for entertaining and having a welcoming look to your house. The front porch is usually shallow, more than the average back porch, but it does serve its purpose of providing a covered room for sitting with neighbors and friends, both rain or shine. Perfect for a suspended bench swing or a couple of rocking chairs, it is a great way to help engage with your neighbors or enjoy a nice sunny afternoon with your friends after eating lunch.
Front porches can emphasize the look and style of your home more so than the back porch would. Its columns and railings could be ornate or simple. For example, a craftsman-type of residence may have classic craftsman columns, while traditional homes may include Corinthian columns with some turned spindle railings. All in all, a front porch makes for a stylish welcome sign to your community to enjoy your home.
Back Porches in Your Home
The back porch is much less likely to have railings but might or might not be enclosed or screened. At the back of your home, you will have a pleasant area to gaze out into the distance, enjoying nature and the weather while protected from the weather. Back porches are usually bigger than front ones, which lends more space for a family room-kind of setup. You can even include a built-in fireplace, television, or more.
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