Does the word porch make you think of a summer evening, sitting in a comfortable chair and watching the world go by as you sip a tall, cool beverage? While houses have become more oriented to the back rather than front yard, porches have never completely gone out of style. Like any outdoor room, a porch is a continuation of one’s living space, whether it’s extended in front as a welcoming refuge, in the back as a screened-in or covered way to experience the outdoors, or wrapping aroundthe house, for an easy outdoor escape from any door.
If designing a new porch, consult an architect and licensed contractor to ensure it is designed correctly. Unlike a patio or deck, a porch is an appendage of extension of a house, and an architect knows her or his way through the design and structural issues that will be encountered.