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.

Even if you don't have a porch, may you enjoy vicariously through our pictures and ideas.

springtime porches
Do you enjoy the springtime months?
We remember the day we stopped by this small town (above) and how lovely the porches were in springtime. Just like from a story book.


Our spring decor with a birdhouse theme
Spring decorating with bird houses in mind!
Speaking of spring, we've been seeing bluebirds nesting in our bluebird house. Very satisfying indeed.

The bluebirds fly from the holly bushes in our backyard over to the smoke bush, then rest on our neighbor's fence and back to their birdhouse to feed their young.

As they sang in the Sound of Music, "A robin feathering his nest has very little time to rest." We love birds and our property is adorned with numerous bird houses that Dave created in his wood shop. So it's natural for us to choose a bird house them for our front porch.

See our porch with a bird house theme. Do you have a passion that sparks an idea for your porch?


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Be Prepared for Storms

The storm season is quickly approaching and we discovered a way to keep your family safe by using your porch or deck. For those who do not have basements or other safe spaces, this might just be the perfect solution - a SafePorch Storm Shelter!

SafePorch installed adjacent to porch
SafePorch Integrated Into Front Porch
SafePorch installed as a front porch on mobile home
SafePorch installed as a front porch on a mobile home
A SafePorch doesn't even look like a storm shelter and can double as part of your porch or deck. This reinforced concrete structure is installed partially below ground to provide the utmost protection.

Learn more about this amazing storm shelter.


Have You Considered a Pergola Over Your Porch?

Patio porch extension on new front porch construction
Pergola style patio porch complete with porch swing
Sometimes we limit ourselves in thinking we must have a traditional roof on our front porch, but pergolas have advantages too, like allowing more light in. Take a look at these ideas we have for front porch pergolas.


Wanting a Garage, Home Office, or Shop with a Porch?

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Fun to imagine a wonderful space like this one
I'd love to have a space like this as a woodshop! Take a look at these detached garage plan ideas that you can convert into the space you've envisioned.




One Way to Waterproof Your Deck or Porch

under deck ceiling with hanging chandeliers
Enjoy the space beneath your deck by waterproofing it
Imagine having a finished ceiling installed under your deck complete with outdoor chandeliers. That's what is possible if you waterproof your deck or porch floor.

See your options for waterproofing your deck or porch to add covered outdoor space beneath.

Why Not Love Your Porch Ceiling

Beautiful porch ceilings

Did you know your porch ceiling can be awesome? We have some wonderful porch ceiling ideas gathered here.


Who Doesn't Love a Screened Porch?

screened porch design from the Porch Company
photo courtesy of The Porch Company, Nashville, TN
Screen porches are beloved by so many! Dave and I once purchased a home because we loved the screened porch. Our family and friends spent many hours on our porch and sometimes the two of us even slept there. Take a look at these screened porch pictures for inspiration.


See These 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 Happybuy handrails - they can save you and your loved ones from lots of pain caused by falls.

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


Install These Amazing Screen Porch Windows

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.



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.


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 many 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!)


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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 FamilyHomePlans.com 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 Breeze.com 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
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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!



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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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.

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