Front Porch Design Ideas

To Create the Perfect Porch

Mary and I have collected front porch design ideas that will help you create a pleasing and functional front porch. Whether you desire a grandiose front porch or a small porch portico, creating the right front porch plans will ensure years of enjoyment.



If you are building a new porch or remodeling an existing one, our front porch design ideas will give you a myriad of new things to consider.

The remodeled porch below is a great example of how your own home can be transformed. In the design case illustrated below, a storage room renovation was removed along with the knee wall to open up the porch.

Front Porch with knee wall before remodel
Front porch remodel project - picture of home and existing porch

Front Porch remodel 3-d rendering
Three-dimensional rendering of same home with remodeled porch and updated landscaping

Three-D renderings (like the one above) are an excellent way to design a front porch for a house. You can then easily see how a specific front porch design changes the overall appeal of your home.

Front porches, like homes, have their own architectural style. What makes a beautiful front porch design?

porch design with Victorian appeal
Quaint front porch with Victorian flair

formal front porch with ionic porch columns
Round front porch with ionic columns

contemporary front porch with romanesque porch columns
Romanesque-style front porch



famous southern side porch design
Charleston's side porch designs

farmhouse porch with standing seam metal roof
Farmhouse open porch with standing seam metal roof

portico over front door
Sophisticated portico

uniquely designed country-style front porch
Uniquely designed country-style front porch
with double gable roof design

Consider Enclosed Front Porch Ideas Too!

porch with an attached enclosed porch
Combination porch and enclosed porch
(photo courtesy of The Porch Company)

a front enclosed porch
Neatly designed enclosed front porch
(photo courtesy of The Porch Company)
Well, we believe it is created from the sum of its parts.

Each component can have a significant impact on the overall design. From the roof to porch skirting, each porch part creates an affect. Appreciating and selecting the right porch components will help to create an aesthetically pleasing and functional porch.

Below are examples of selected components to illustrate both the variety and influence individual components may have on a porch.

Front Porch Design Ideas Start with Porch Parts

Front Porch Railings

Their are a myriad of front porch railing designs from which to choose or create that will influence the appeal of your home. Here are just a few examples - an extensive array of porch railings are available to you in our railings section.

natural railings on front porch steps
Natural porch railings

chippendale wood railings
Wood Chippendale-style balusters (photo by MrFixUmm)

colorful Victorian style porch turned railings
Victorian style sawn porch balusters

Turned porch balusters
Turned porch balusters

custom designed railings from wrought iron
Custom designed wrought iron railings

You must see our extensive collection of railing design ideas that range from traditional wood to metal, glass, and even steel cable.

Front Porch Columns

Columns do more than just hold the roof up. They can add immense appeal to any front porch design. They should; however, match the architectural style of your home and porch. Here are three examples; we have lots more porch column information for you in our columns section.

cast stone columns on elegant front porch
Cast stone columns on elegant front porch

Victorian style front porch columns
Victorian porch columns with beautiful hanging baskets

typical fluted front porch columns
Fluted front porch columns

double porch columns on an arts and crafts porch
Arts and Crafts porch design with double columns

More Front Porch Design Ideas - Porch Roofs

You can immediately change the look of your porch by changing its roof. Many porch roofs are shed-type roofs; however, you can choose to have a gable or hip roof too. Not only that, you can change your roofing material from shingles to metal (in all ranges of colors).

shed porch roof with combination gable over front entrance
Beautiful farm house style porch with
metal shed roof and gable over front entrance

exquisite gable and shed roof combination with rounded gable ceiling
Gable and shed roof combination - note the beautiful wood gable ceiling

flat roof over front porch
Flat front porch design option

Exterior House Trim

Exterior house trim can be added to almost any porch and has to be included along with our other front porch design ideas. Although most typically found on Victorian style porches, trim pieces, like brackets or running trim, can add lots of appeal to almost any front porch.

country porch adorned with exterior house trim
Country style porch with exterior house trim (column brackets)

small front porch with exterior house trim
Exterior trim on the porch adds interest to your design


Porch Steps

Our front porch design ideas wouldn't be complete unless we showed you stair options. Why make them ordinary when you can create something extraordinary!

uniquely designed and painted front porch steps
Uniquely designed front porch steps

the tile steps make this porch very appealing
Add a touch of tile!

stone steps are ideal for front porches
Stone steps never go out of style

Colonial Home and Porch Designs

Colonial porch designs have distinct characteristics and classic lines as depicted below - see more colonial porch designs.

colonial front porch design
Traditional colonial porch
And to think we've only scratched the surface. Mary and I have so many other front porch design ideas that we know beg your consideration. Explore the few we've listed above along with the many others we have for you throughout our site.


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