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Great Front Porch Designs

Use Our Front Porch Illustrator

Which of the many great front porch designs do you visualize for your home? Unfortunately, no one can build front porches of different designs on the same home to show you. BUT we found a different way so you can select a design that may be ideal for your home.

If you are looking for a local professional to help you with your porch or deck project, you can get free estimates for your area.

Mary and I know you will have fun using what we created below for you.

We know that great front porch designs can make all the difference in your home's curb appeal along with adding valuable outdoor living space.

However, we realize it is not very easy to visualize how a home would look with various styles and sizes of porches.

Follow the steps below to visualize the possibilities of adding a porch to your home - or remodeling your current one.

basic two story home design Do you have a two-story home?

Great! Then use our Two Story Home Illustrator. We show you a brick two-story home as well as a two-story home with siding.

Get Started with Our Porch Illustrator - on a Ranch Home

How to Use It

Just click on the "Next" button beneath the large picture below and allow a moment for each picture to load.

- Watch this ranch home evolve from a small portico to a charming full porch for relaxing and entertaining.
- We show various roof styles, flooring and walkway options.
- Descriptions are included with each picture
- Get front yard landscaping ideas, too.

You may notice too, that little changes can often make big differences - see for yourself!

"Your example on the Porch Illustrator matches my house perfectly. From window placement to the placement of the shed in the backyard. I was definitely meant to find your site." ....Stewart M.

Add a Porch and See What Happens
Use the buttons below the picture
basic ranch home

Click the 'Next' button to scroll through different styles of porches for this home

As you click, please allow a moment for each picture to load
Notice the descriptive text displayed below each picture
Add a Porch and See What Happens
Use the buttons below the picture
basic ranch home

Click next to see different porches on the same home

Allow a moment for each picture to load
See the descriptions below

R1-Basic ranch home
R2-Gable roof, square posts and balusters, painted floor/steps
R3-Gable roof, square columns, bases & balusters, painted floor, concrete walkway
R4-Gable roof, dormers, rnd columns w/square bases/balusters, concrete walkway
R5-Outdoor foyer w/random ashlar flooring, cast bed edging, brick veneer steps/planters
R6-Gable roof over outdoor foyer, dormers, ashlar floor, brick veneer, antique shutters
R7-Pergola style roof, partially raised floor, sq columns, ashlar walk, brick veneer
R8-Flat roof, painted tray ceiling, ashlar flooring, recessed column bases, brick veneer
R9-Pitched roof, column capitals, painted ceiling, ashlar floor, cast bed edging
R10-Outdoor foyer with raised patio area, random ashlar walk & patio floor, brick
R12-Flat roof w/dormers, sq columns & balusters, tray ceiling, ashlar walk/floor
R13-Pitched roof, sq columns w/recessed faces, colonial style balusters, wood floor
R14-Pitched roof, brackets, wood steps/floor, round columns, inlaid ceiling
R15-Gable roof, brackets, sq columns, colonial balusters, snapped edge stone floor/walk
R16-Gable roof w/architectural details, wood steps/floor, snapped edge stone floor/walk

New! Our Porch Illustrator eBook (two volumes)

So many of you have asked... if we can show you various porch designs on a ranch home. Yes, we can and even with more pictures than above.

If you have a one-story home and want to see how various porch designs change the look of a basic ranch home, then our eBook, Porch Illustrator, is just right for you.

It comes in two volumes: one for a one-story home (155 pages), another for a two-story home (191 pages). You'll get a lot of porch ideas from both volumes regardless of your style of home.

You will see all the porch designs shown in our Porch Illustrator above - but with many more views of each design. You will see pictures from various angles and distances - up close, from above, from each side and from the yard. It's much more comprehensive than what you see above.

We even "decorated" some of the porches to make it fun. Read on to learn more...

Porch Illustrator Pictorial eBook volume 1 - one story home Porch Illustrator Pictorial eBook volume 2 - two story home

Look at Two of The Porch Designs - Up Closer

Mary and I chose two of the above porch styles to show you in much greater detail. Scroll through the pictures below. You will see the porches from various angles - from the street, from above and up-close. We want you to feel as if you're actually there!

Front Porch with Pitched Roof
Porch R13 views

Click the 'Next' button to scroll through different styles of porches for this home

As you click, please allow a moment for each picture to load
Notice the descriptive text displayed below each picture

About Porch R13: Here you see this welcoming ranch style home with a centered porch covered by a pitched roof. The porch and steps are done in wood flooring which creates a warm feeling. (Do you see the classy outdoor rug?)

Notice the smart-looking random ashlar walkway and cast bed edging that graces the porch landscaping. The square columns have recessed faces and the balusters are colonial-style.

This classic front porch is large enough for a small seating section on both ends. The left end includes a pretty bench but a porch swing would work equally well.

Identifier: Great front porch designs - Porch R13 (Ranch 02B)

Porch with Pergola Roof
Porch R7 views

Click the 'Next' button to scroll through different styles of porches for this home

As you click, please allow a moment for each picture to load
Notice the descriptive text displayed below each picture

About Porch R7: Now you see this inviting ranch home with an off-centered porch covered by a pergola style roof. Best of both worlds: shade and sun! This porch layout (where the front door is to the side) allows for one larger seating area (in contrast to Porch R13 above that has two seating areas). Nice spot for reading a great book and relaxing on the porch swing.

Notice the partially raised porch floor (random ashlar) has a double step-up to the front door. The brick banding on the porch steps complements this home's brick foundation.

This porch is open style (no railings). The attractive square porch columns are on slightly larger square bases. This porch is nicely landscaped with mature foundation plantings that are outlined by cast bed edging. A simple ashlar walkway completes the front of this home.

Identifier: Great front porch designs - Porch R7 (Ranch 03B)

We have more featured ranch style front porch designs that will give you even more great ideas for your home.

Be sure to check out our ranch home porches section.

Porch Illustrator lets you see the difference a porch nakes

Did you try our Porch Illustrator Tool above?

Ideas from Real Homes - 10 Case Studies in an eBook

Ebook For Front Porch Ideas
We also created a 140-page eBook with 10 actual homes and LOTS of before and after pictures - showing how a new or remodeled front porch can make an amazing difference.

Check out our eBook before you get too far into your porch project.

You just might find an "aha" tip you wish you had incorporated into your porch.

It's called The Front Porch Ideas Generator. Peek inside!


- Thank you to for sharing his code for the slideshow viewers so that we can show you our great front porch designs.
- Cumberland Landesign created the 3D conceptual drawings you see on this page. They are no longer offering this service.

We hope our Porch Illustrator gives you some wonderful front porch design ideas!

A home can be transformed with a front porch - large or small.  Our Porch Illustrator shows you the difference.  Look at how this ranch home is transformed with a porch.  Front Porch Ideas and More

Amazing the difference a porch makes on a home. Did you try our Porch Illustrator Tool above to see for yourself?

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