Podcast 6: Front Porch Design Tips

With Gregory Tatsch

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Porch Ideas Network Podcast Logo Vintage Woodworks logo We welcome Gregory Tatsch, founder of Vintage Woodworks, to our audio program for a second time!

In Part II of our audio program with Gregory, he shares front porch design tips from his wealth of experience and knowledge to help you plan your "perfect porch". Gregory is a porch guru and a go-to person for porches and we are grateful for him sharing his wealth of knowledge with us.


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Program Notes: Front Porch Design Tips



We welcome Gregory Tatsch of Vintage Woodworks to our program to talk about porch designs and why it's of such good value to plan carefully before you build.


To hear the full program, please listen here:




Whether you are building a new porch, remodeling an existing porch, or working with either a custom home builder or subdivision builder, understanding and properly planning your front porch will give you many years of enjoyment.

  • What's the number one consideration when building or remodeling a porch
  • Explains how to graphically draw your porch to maximize its functionality and comfort
  • Length versus depth - how the two distances relate and why you need to focus on them
  • Position your steps in the right location for functionality and appeal
  • Position porch columns for both support and aesthetics
  • Corner boards and half boards - why you might want to plan for them



Excerpts from Our Guest, Gregory Tatsch

Regarding Steps: "We've got main steps to the front door and around at the side because oftentimes we come out of the kitchen door, which is on the side porch, and then walk down those steps to go out in the side yard. You don't want to have to go all the way around the porch to get where you going when a simple set of steps can alleviate the problem".


Courtesy of VintageWoodworks.com On Planning: "I want to talk about the importance of creating an actual floor plan. I am talking about doing it on paper and proceeding logically. Plan ahead and your results are going to be so much better. And we really like to think that the planning is part of the fun of it. It is the dreaming process that can be really enjoyed. It doesn't have to be a chore".


Porch Post Placement: "But from a visual stand point, we like to see a porch with posts no more than maybe about eight feet apart. If there is this huge big tall ceiling porch then perhaps 10 feet might be appropriate. And you can go as close visually as about five feet. We have a lot of example photographs on our website of posts that are spaced really close and that can be very effective too".




Be sure to also listen to Part I of our interview with Gregory who shares some extremely important front porch design tips we know you'll enjoy.

And as an added treat, we know you will also enjoy Gregory's discussion about decorative porch parts.


Listen to the Program: 00:31:06

We hope you will listen as that will allow us to keep bringing you more programs from experts in the porch industry. Thank you!


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Beautiful Pictures of Porches from Vintage Woodworks

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Beautiful decorative trimwork on this lovely porch. Notice the gable, too.
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This porch would look amazing in any season, but this snowy scene is exceptionally beautiful.



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Close-up of Vintage Woodworks handcrafted porch parts
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Amazing porch on this wonderful home
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The epitome of charm. Indeed!
We are very appreciative to Gregory for the wonderful information he shared with us and look forward to part III where Gregory will talk about decorative porch parts - a Vintage Woodworks specialty!!



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