Small Porch Designs and More
For Massive Curb Appeal
Do you have a small porch?
Dave and I live in a geographical area that has many condos, apartments, and homes with relatively
small sized porches.
Unfortunately, many new homes are also built with small front porches to minimize construction costs.
Often times, a large porch is just not an option.
You can increase the curb appeal of a small front porch and even extend it so as to create more outdoor living space.
Our photos, porch designs, plans, decorating, and landscaping ideas will
surely inspire you to create what Mary and I call "porch envy"!
Small front porch that's big on charm
Best of all, you don't have to be like Martha Stewart or Bob Vila to create a pleasing front porch.
Enjoy exploring our ideas for small porch designs and
"Turn the ordinary into extraordinary"
Small Porches Rock!
We want you to enjoy the world of porches. We have many ideas, designs and plans for you to explore.
A curb appealing small front porch
Designs for Smaller Porches
Porch designs are based on mostly these visual structural features: the roof, porch columns, and porch railings.
Change any one and you change the overall attractiveness of not only your porch, but also your home as well.
Use our porch pictures below to find the right combination of these features from which you can create your delightful porch.
Then use our porch railings, columns, and roof sections to nail down exactly the look you want.
You can even use our Front Porch Generator to see how different features affect the overall charm of a front porch.
Or, we have small porch plans too. Below you'll find access to several porch / portico plans you can use on your
home. Let's start with small front porch roof designs:
The lines of the roof and door complement each other on this smaller porch (or portico). Also note the rounded
steps which continue the architectural lines. Although this is a very small porch it is still offers lots of interest and charm.
Notice how this smaller porch is dressed up with this decorative lattice in an arch style.
The curb appeal is boosted and it also adds some privacy and a bit of filtering for sunlight.
The same architectural style can have different effects as depicted in the pictures.
The one on the left is more formal and substantial in appearance whereas the one on the right has a more country feel with
its standing seam metal roof and bead board ceiling.
This type porch roof can work well when there is insufficient space for a gable roof.
Small porches can add a touch of elegance to two story homes.
Pictured below is a two-story brick home front porch with tapered round columns and a widow's walk enclosed with vinyl porch railings.
Vinyl railings are the perfect choice for the widow's walk as they are almost maintenance free.
Widow's walk enclosed with Jackson Railing Panels by The Porch Store
You can find vinyl porch railings in a wide variety of styles at The Porch Company.
Why a Small Porch is an Advantage
A tiny yet adorable small porch
Your dream may be a large porch but a small porch offers surprising benefits.
Consider these reasons why a small porch may be ideal:
Courtesy of Lisa Shivel on Unsplash.com
While nearly everyone loves a spacious porch, we must admit these are compelling reasons to have a smaller porch.
We love porches large and small.
Building a small porch is [generally speaking] more affordable than a larger one.
The reduced materials and labor make it more economical while still adding value and charm to your home.
- Low Maintenance:
With fewer surfaces to clean and maintain, you can spend less time and effort on your porch, giving you more time to enjoy it.
- Coziness and Intimacy: A small porch provides an intimate space to relax.
The limited area encourages closeness, making it ideal for quiet time or conversations with loved ones.
- Privacy is Easily Attainable:
You can create a private area by adding trellises, screens, or planters giving you a visual barrier and more peaceful place to enjoy.
- Simplicity in Decorating:
With a smaller porch, you can create a personalized and welcoming area with minimal effort and expense.
Create a charming oasis with some potted plants, comfortable seating, and your favorite decorations.
- Focused Use of Space:
A small porch inspires you to create solutions for storage, seating arrangements, and multipurpose functionality.
We Like Gail's Welcoming Small Porch
Our friend Gail has a most charming small front porch.
We like how inviting she keeps it and know it adds to her home's curb appeal.
We appreciate her most welcoming view.
Gable roof height is directly correlated to the length of the porch. Therefore, the longer the porch the higher
the gable. Unless originally designed for a gable roof, it is often difficult to add a gable to a two-story home
unless other modifications are made such a moving windows.
Adding a gable to a ranch-style home is far easier in most cases.
The photo above is a good example of a high pitched gable roof over a small-sized porch.
Local building codes might require a high pitched roof which is designed to shed heavy snows more easily.
Photo courtesy of Janet Shutt
What a sweet porch with an inviting porch swing. Do you see the adorable mailbox? Just a lovely small home with Victorian touches.
The photo above is a good example of a high pitched gable roof over a small-sized porch. Local building codes might require a high
pitched roof which is designed to shed heavy snows more easily.
The photo below uses a flat roof design over the porch.
An additional patio area with a pergola has been added to increase the outdoor living space.
This is a great way to increase the size of a small porch.
In the photo above, the flat roof covers a corner-style front porch.
Porch design with a combination gable roof over the entrance and shed roof spanning the remaining porch.
This is a very popular small front porch design with plenty of flair.
Mary and I really like this porch design (above). It is another example of a combination gable and shed roof
design along with an attractive Chippendale-designed balustrade (railings). Decorative railings can add visual flair
to almost any size porch.
This small porch has a hip roof. Hip roofs work well when there isn't space for a gable or a shed type roof.
As you can see in the photo above, a shed roof could not accommodate the length of the porch as it would have
been too close to the gable roof above. (Note the exterior trim which fancies up the porch and home - more about
Photo courtesy of buyamack
This is a well designed Arts and Crafts porch. The porch roof mimics the home's roof lines and the larger
columns make the porch more impressive. Note the generous landscaping which adds a truly pleasing feel to this home.
We've only begun to share our small porch design ideas with you. You will find plenty more
photos and ideas you can use throughout our site; enjoy the journey.
Easy Curb Appeal Ideas
No matter the size of your porch, it can pack a punch!
Use our small porch pictures along with our small front porch ideas to dress up your front porch.
Use Exterior House Trim and Colors to Accentuate Your Porch
Notice the prominence of exterior house trim on the porches in the three photos below. Adding brackets,
running trim, and spandrels (or in combinations) adds dimension and extra "wow" to your home.
They are easy to install and are a quick and relatively inexpensive way to add decorative features to your porch.
Small porch with Victorian flair
Notice the added touches in the photo above. We like the geometric trellis along with the wooden bench.
The contrasting colors visually highlight the small porch and give it much more impact than if it were painted the same color as the home.
You can't help but notice this porch when you walk by - we sure did!
This is an innovative way to use exterior house trim on a small front porch. Although perhaps not everyone's cup of tea,
you have to admit it is eye-catching and quite charming.
The photo above is a good example of the impact painting can have for a porch. Notice the addition of color to
the porch columns and column brackets. Unlike the previous photo, this porch's colors are carried over from those
on the home itself to give it an entirely different look.
Simple exterior house trim and appealing colors
Don't forget the furniture. Notice how the furniture is painted in the same trim color adding to the porch's
overall delight and charm. Your furniture's color can either add to or diminish the overall impact of your small porch so
take care in selecting (or repainting) your furnishings.
Enhance Your Porch Columns
Changing out, wrapping, or painting your porch columns can help transform the look of your porch too.
You can do this easily in just a few hours getting dramatic results.
Ordinary square columns adorned with trim
Anyone can do this. Use ordinary trim pieces from your local building supply store and add them to your square
or rectangular porch columns (photo above). You can then paint them to match the color of your columns, your home, or other
trim color depending on the effect you desire.
Paint your turned columns
Subtle yet very decorative
A little paint will do 'ya.
Your turned columns are a canvas waiting to be painted! As in the two photos above, choose either contrasting or complementary colors and have a go.
A little paint adds a lot of flair.
If you have round or square columns and want to change them column wraps may be the answer.
As the name implies, column wraps are fiberglass and are installed around your existing porch columns.
Note; however, they are not for structural purposes.
We encourage you to explore our porch column section for more ideas.
Railings with Purpose
Railings do more than prevent you from falling off the porch; they can add immense charm to
small front porches like in the photo above. You can opt for standard balusters (pickets) or go for a
design that is more decorative.
This design works well for a small porch. Notice the pickets are proportional to the columns making it aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Not all porches need railings; however, hand rails are always a good idea. These wrought iron hand railings
(photo above) contribute to the porches sophisticated appeal.
Porch railings should complement the architectural features of your home. The railings in the photo above appear
to be substantially "heavy" which work well with the brick facade of the home. Columns and railings should
match architecturally also.
Note the very close spacing of the balusters (pickets) in the photo above. Although you can vary the spacing
to create different effects always ensure you are in compliance with local building codes.
Most codes require spacing be 4" or less between balusters. That still gives you lots of design options.
Although this railing would not be to code in most places (due to the spacing) it could be replicated to comply.
Interesting railings give small porches some what Mary and I call "pizzazz"! Note the colorful front door - another easy way to add curb appeal.
To fully appreciate all of your options you owe it to yourself to explore our entire porch railings section.
You will be able to match not only your columns to railings but also ensure they match your architectural style for maximum interest and curb appeal.
Furnish and Decorate Your Small Porch
- Dress up your front door with seasonal decorations, such as a wreath or basket
with straw flowers
- Hang some pots of beautiful ivy, ferns or trailing flowers
- Add a simple, small bench. You can put potted plants on it
or use it as a place for guests to sit and chat. Also comes in handy as a shelf for packages when
you need your hands free to open the door.
- Have your children or grandchildren make stepping stones with
their hand prints, foot prints and beautiful pebbles and gems.
- Hang banners or wall ornaments.
Furnishing your small porch can take some ingenuity. You usually just don't have the space for large furniture or other decorative items.
Not to worry.
Here are a few examples and ideas the work well on any small porch.
Well furnished small porch
It is important to use the space you have well. The tendency is to one, add too many items or two, not add hardly
any at all. Balance is key. In the photo above, both the size of items and their locations adds to the comfort
and appeal of the porch.
Inviting front porch
Take note of the wall hanging displays in the two photos above. These give the porch visual height (not all objects are the same height) and
make it interesting. A trick is to make your wall hanging a focal point on your porch.
This is especially important if your porch has a knee wall as in the photo above. Otherwise, your porch becomes nondescript.
Colorful rocking chair bonanza
Give your furniture new life with paint as in they have done on the porch above.
If that isn't possible go for colorful cushions.
photo courtesy of rowland-w
Colorful Front Doors
Creating a focal point is key to attaining an inviting entrance. One way to do just that on a small porch is focusing on your front door.
You don't have to invest a lot to get a huge return.
So be creative and find your paint brush today!
Small Front Porch Delight
This small porch seems to capture it all - hip style roof, eye-catching colors, innovative railing design, stained glass windows,
and most of just darn right charming!
Enjoy seeing our entire porch pictures section from which you can get even more great ideas.
Small Porch Transformations
See how these homeowners turned an ordinary small porch into a truly pleasing porch by adding a new walkway, steps, and great landscaping. They painted the white
wicker chairs black and planted Oriental lilies in the back.
TRae2 says it was a "labor of love."
Susan's New Small Porch Addition
Photos by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch
Susan's beautiful front porch is not large, but it certainly is abundantly charming and inviting.
Her new front porch was inspired by a couple pictures from Southern Home magazine that she carried around with her for a long time.
See her entire story along with photos of her front porch remodel
Video: Use Your Small Porch to Help Sell Your Home
See how we decorated this small front porch and added more interest and charm.
After being on the market for quite some time, this home soon had more showings and sold quickly after the
mini porch makeover
Have fun seeing how everything was constructed and staged.
Porch Expansion Ideas
It isn't always easy or inexpensive to increase the size of a small porch. However, there are ways in which
you can extend your porch without breaking the bank.
The photo below is an excellent example of extending a small porch with an adjacent patio area.
A patio extension allows for adequate seating and improves your home's curb appeal at the same time.
The porch extension above is covered with a porch awning while landscaping provides privacy. Most small porches
have an adjacent area that can easily and relatively inexpensively, be turned into a porch extension.
The patio extension above is covered with a pergola-style roof. This allows for shade during the day and along
with the right landscaping becomes an integral part of the original porch.
Patio Porch Extensions
Almost anyone can extend their small porch.
See our porch extension section to find the right patio design for your small porch.
We even walk you through the process of creating your own porch extension.
Seeing is Believing
We help you envision what a new or remodeled front porch can do for your home.
The Front Porch Designs Illustrator
We show a basic ranch style home design and add over 15 different porch variations, ranging from
small porticos to an expansive front porch.
Have a two-story home? Not to worry. We use a two-story brick home and give you 17 different porch
variations plus landscaping and walkway ideas too!
Our goal is to give you porch design ideas you can use on your own home.
Our Front Porch Designs Illustrator
Enjoy using it today courtesy of your friends at Front Porch Ideas and More
"Helping You Create the Porch of Your Dreams"
Small Home and Porch Plans
Here are some home and porch plans that you can acquire from Family Home Plans to build your home or perhaps use for adding a great porch.
Would you like to get more details of these plans? Great!
Simply go here and jot down the plan numbers you see with some of our pictures
Family Home Plan 24738
Family Home Plan 40032
Family Home Plan 54001
Family Home Plan 59043
Would you like to get more details of these plans? Great!
Simply go here and jot down the plan numbers you see with some of our pictures
Family Home Plan 86104
Family Home Plan 86973
We've only touched the surface! You are only one click away from finding tons of
other porch design, building, decorating, landscaping, shading, furnishing ideas, and lots more:
Photo is courtesy of Molajen.
What a charming small front porch in Ontario; the wicker chair sure is inviting.
I love the hanging basket against the yellow home - and the old-fashioned screen door.
The planter and potted plant add a lot to this very charming porch.
Did you get some nice ideas for your small porch?
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