Ideas for Front Porch Designs and More

Are you looking for inspiring front porch designs and front porch ideas?

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.

Winter Is Upon Us!

wintery front porch awaiting spring
Happy snowman awaits visitors in the new year!
Winter weather can play havoc on your porch as it endures snow, ice, and rain. We remember snow covered rubber boots and icy gloves stacked by the front door. However, your porch, in most cases, can also be decorated to welcome friends and family and provide a bit of color during these sometimes drab months.


Transition Your Christmas Porch to Winter

Avoid the winters blahs by decorating your porch with color - we show you how! Festive and cheery snowflake fleece winter porch
For a more timeless porch in the winter, try our snowflake theme


Our Snowman Winter Porch

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Our snowman front porch is now our winter porch
We love our cute snowman porch. After taking down the small Christmas tree, we can now enjoy these snowmen for the winter months. We have more pictures and a video to tell you how.

Watch Our Snowman Porch Video

Mary gives you a quick look at our snowman porch


Try Out This Fancy Ranch Home Plan

Take a tour of this ranch home plan with us; you might be pleasantly surprised at what you'll find!



This home boasts 1888 square feet, guest room with bath, 10 foot high ceilings, a 31 foot long front porch and even a back porch too!

You can find this plan along with more information at Family Home Plans. We are proud to be one of their affiliates. Be sure to see our House Plans With Porches Section for lots of plan ideas.


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.



Farmhouse: Here's a Dream Plan

Wonderful wraparound porch on this sprawling farmhouse - Family Home Plans
Classic farm house with sprawling wraparound porch - Family Home Plans
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.


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.


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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!



Home Plans with Porches

Now's the perfect time to select or create the perfect home plan and right here is great place to start.

We are happy to show you home plans with fantastic porches in almost every architectural style but also many other options like storage sheds, she-sheds, outdoor projects and more.


collage of house plans with porches
So why not take a look today...

Or Try Our "My Home Plan" Feature

Alternatively use My Home Plan to choose and even modify (if you desire) your home plan. For example, add storage, windows, enlarge a room, or add an office - do it all online right on our site. See example below.

house plan with porch and schematic
We invite you to give it a whirl.





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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!



New Porch Construction Tip

A receptacle in your porch eave is handy for holiday lights
A receptacle in your porch eave is handy for holiday lights
Add an outdoor receptacle in your porch eaves for outdoor holiday lights. This make it much easier to plug in your roof eave lighting and will avoid running extension cords.

Add a timer to make it even easier and don't forget to install a switch inside the front door to operate the receptacle.




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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 a porch would look on it. Try it!

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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