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Key Measurements to Help You Design the Perfect Front Porch

Posted by Holli McRae on 2/16/15 8:38 AM

Front porches nearly disappeared from new homes in the late 20th century, but our fondness for them remains. The porch allows a gracious and practical transition from public to private — a place where one can soak up the late-summer sun, visit with neighbors, watch a thunderstorm pass, greet arriving guests or just shake off the umbrella and remove dirty shoes. For a porch to function for all these purposes, a few key dimensions and configurations should be taken into consideration.

Deep porches are wonderful, but you can create a welcoming porch with just 6 ft. too. This illustration shows what you can do with a 22-ft. (6.7-m) long porch that is 6 ft. (1.8 m) deep. Steps up to the porch are centered to the entrance door, and six posts creates five bays. In a symmetrical design like this, you’ll want odd numbers of spaces between posts, because the center acts as the entry point.

 

Author:

Steven Randel - Houzz Contributor
California licensed architect & contributing writer at HOUZZ specializing in residential projects throughout the state.
See complete Houzz post - http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/25889920/list/key-measurements-to-help-you-design-the-perfect-front-porch
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