Ideas for Front Porch Designs and More

Are you looking for inspiring front porch designs and front porch ideas? We're so happy you are here.

Whether you dream of a country style porch, a sophisticated contemporary style or you only have a small space for a charming portico, we welcome you here to design, plan, decorate, and landscape your porch.

November is Ripe for Thanksgiving Time in the USA

autumn decorations on the front porch

Theh two of us enjoy the simplicity of Thanksgiving. It's easy to decorate your porch for Thanksgiving - just a beautiful transition from autumn. We have some wonderful Thanksgiving decoration ideas.

Look at These Christmas Decorating ideas

Gorgeous front porch decorated for Christmas
Garland, white lights and red bows!
Sometimes the traditional classics are just perfect. But we also have many other Christmas decorating ideas in store for you here and here.

Think of Staying Warm on Your Screened Porch

Stay warm on your screen porch with infrared heaters. This beautiful screen porch is from The Porch Company in Nashville TN.
Infrared heating definitely something to consider
Photo courtesy of The Porch Company
If you want a wonderful idea for staying warm and comfortable on your screened porch in these cooler days, then explore infrared heater options. Rather than heating the air, infrared heats things which makes a wonderful difference in your comfort level.

Mary Wrote a Sweet New Book for Both Children and Adults

Molly Jo Daisy Being the New Kid Molly Jo Daisy Being the New Kid A girl + her Grandma + a front porch

No matter the problem, we know everything will be alright! Read Mary's latest new book. (Our referral link) It's free if you have Kindle Unlimited!

Molly Jo's family has moved and this ten-year-old girl isn't very happy about leaving behind her best friend and the house that she loved. But everything will be ok.

Why? Because their new house has a front porch, Molly Jo's Grandma believes in her, and as with all things, time has a way of helping. Find Mary's new book here. (Our referral link)

Readers have told me that they have enjoyed the book as much as their children (or grandchildren). Hint: It might be because of the "book inside the book."

Always Popular - Grinch Christmas

Grinch decorations on porch
Donna shares her Grinch Christmas decorating ideas with us
Bright red and green and giant candy canes are hallmarks of Donna's Grinch Christmas porch.

How About Windows for Your Screened Porch?

Screen porch windows through DIY Eze Breeze create a wonderful porch enclosure

If extending the time you can spend on your screened porch is one of your goals, then take a look at the porch window ideas we have for you here.

Imagine Building a Cute Scarecrow

a cute scarecrow couple
We love this cute scarecrow couple.
We saw it in Granville TN at their scarecrow festival.
This little page of ours gets MANY visits every autumn. We show you what we learned about building a traditional scarecrow at a family clinic with our grandchildren. But did you know that not all scarecrows wear overalls and flannel shirts? There are actually lovely scarecrows, too. Who knew?

If you want to know how to build a scarecrow, go here please.

What Front Porch Design Do You Like?

front porch designs collage - which is your favorite

Whether you have an existing porch or just a big dream of having a porch someday, is there a design you imagine in your head? We have oodles of front porch designs we have gathered over the years.

Please click to see them.

DIY Porch Handrails

It only takes one step upon which to fall. Yes, just one.

Do yourself or a loved one a big favor. Install one of these easy DIY handrails for up to 5 steps to prevent a serious fall.

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Metal handrail kits make it easy to safe-proof your porch, deck or stoop stairs. And they look fantastic as well. We are delighted that our readers are taking an interest in these handrails.

Learn more about InstantRail and Iron X DIY handrails, highly recommended products that can save you and your loved ones from lots of pain!

Please visit our porch handrails page for important tips and things you should consider.

Relax with a Porch Glider

Hard not to love this retro glider - (Amazon affiliate link)
Retro or not, porch gliders are a staple of porches.

Listen to These Stories on the Porch

Tracing the Path podcast
Tracing the Path - Stories for the Porch
If you enjoy listening to stories on the porch or in the car, then we can highly recommend this interesting new podcast, Tracing the Path. These audio stories reveal how the worlds greatest ideas are interconnected. Truly fascinating!

We know you will appreciate these audio stories that reveal some of the most fascinating, intermingled facts of these legendary giants. Listen here.

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Porch Designs for Mobile Homes

Porch designs for mobile homes
Modular and mobile homes love porches too
We've gathered pictures and ideas for enhancing your home with wonderful porch designs.

Look at These Home Plan Ideas

Traditional Country House Plan

Beautiful country home with spacious porch - houseplan
Beautiful country home with amazing porch - Plan # 60022
a sweet cottage retreat Family Home Plans
Sweet Cottage Retreat - Family Home Plan #86955
Just 576 square feet in this charming cabin. It boasts of a vaulted ceiling in the living room with a plant shelf and skylight - and a pass-through kitchen for that nice open feeling.

Farmhouse: Here's a Dream Front Porch Design

Wonderful wraparound porch on this sprawling farmhouse - Family Home Plans
Classic farm house with sprawling wraparound porch - Plan #86245
Many of us have the dream of living in a farm house in the country. Isn't this a beautiful one? We found this plan at Family Home Plans. We are proud to be one of their affiliates.
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If you see a house plan you like on our site, jot down the plan # and have it handy for when you visit Family Home Plans. They have a wonderful collection of plans and most of them can be modified to fit your needs. Search to your heart's content.

Are you looking specifically for a porch plan? Great, then please take a look at these porch plans they offer (very popular with our readers!)

We may receive a commission if you purchase a plan through our link. The price is the same to you. See our full affiliate disclosure policy.

Did You Know?

Did you know you can modify a house plan you purchase on line?

See a plan you like? Need to move a wall, add storage, or expand the kitchen? You can do it and we know someone who can help!

Shawnna Steele, owner of ReDesign HP Listen to our podcast with Shawnna Steele, owner of ReDesign HP, an online company that specializes in making house plan modifications.

Front Porch Design Ideas

Use our very popular front porch illustrator to see how different porch designs affect the overall appeal of a home. We show you various front porch designs on both a ranch and two story home to give you different perspectives.

ranch home with a pergola style front porch
Front porch with pergola style roof
The right porch design can surely add lots of appeal and extra outdoor living space. Get more front porch design ideas!

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Look at These Porch Enclosure Ideas

You've come to the right place! Use one of screen porch DIY plans and build your own (or hire a contractor). Start with a screen room and install screen porch windows from DIY Eze to create a three season room!

Beautiful three season porch with Screen Porch Windows
Easily add additional outdoor living space

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screen porch looks lovely with aqua chairs and lush greenery
Discover these four important screen porch considerations from The Porch Company

Small Porch Appeal

People often ask us how to make small porches more appealing. Here's but one example of adding a lattice panel between the porch columns to create both interest and curb appeal.

lattice panel added to porch roof gable
Lattice panel added between porch columns
See more small porch improvement ideas!

Have You Tried Our Porch Illustrator?

Porch Illustrator lets you see the difference a porch makes

If you have a ranch home, our Porch Illustrator will give you some idea how various front porch designs would look on it. Try it for yourself.

We also have a Porch Illustrator for a two-story-home, too. Both very helpful with planning your front porch designs.

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Our Site is a Labor of Love

As Dave and I have looked at homes over the years and strolled through neighborhoods, we have always been drawn to charming front porches. We've lived in homes with big porches, small porches and no porch (sad!).

We once purchased a home just because it had a screened porch. And that was a terrific decision.

Dave and I use our passion to bring you the best porch decorating and design ideas for your front porch.

We hope that our front porch designs, decorating and entertaining ideas will help you whether you have a front porch, side porch, or a great back porch!

You will find many front porch designs and porch pictures throughout our site.

Our front porch pictures will help you visualize and plan your projects.

Thinking of building or renovating a porch? From stone columns to renovating to building a new porch from scratch we have photo gallery pictorials to show you how it is done.
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