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Front porch ideas: Making the perfect entrance

Our front porches are the welcome centres of our homes. These entrances frame our doors and offer clues about the kind of people we are. There are various designs on the market and a range of aesthetics to choose from, which is why we’ve put together these inspiring front porch ideas to help you work out exactly what you want and need when it comes to installing or renovating them.

It might surprise you to know that porches aren’t just decorative. They also offer benefits such as energy efficiency, storage and the reduction of heat loss.

Front porch extension types

Front porch designs UKFront porches in the UK differ from those in the US. In the UK they are typically smaller and less extravagant. Unless you own land or titles – in which case you could make a killing renting out that extra space – most are of the quintessential nature.

So, whether you’re building, renovating or redecorating your front porch, it’s good to know your options. Below, you can find the most common types of front porch and their differences.

Open porch

Open porches are those built without solid fronts or sides. A classic example of a UK front porch is the timber frame, which is an elaborately designed structure with a triangular or lean-to roof, pillars, open beams and balustrades (used for both structural and decorative effect).

Covered porch

Unlike their open counterparts, covered porches incorporate walls, windows and front doors. Similar in structure to open porches, they’re used as initial entrances and offer an extra storage solution. They’re also a place people can take off their shoes before coming into the main house.

Wraparound porch

Unless you live in a detached house in the countryside (in which case, lucky you!), you don’t see many wraparound porches in the UK. These elaborate designs are true to their namesake and wrap around a large portion of your house, if not all of it. Used for decorative effect, a safety feature, or structural support, wraparound porches are versatile and striking.

Screened porch

A popular choice in the UK, screened porches are similar to closed porches. However, instead of small windows or opaque doors, transparent screens are used instead. Used to help maximise light coming into the house – especially if you live in low-light areas or the front of your house isn’t south-facing –  they improve heat retention and insulation.

Note: All porches come in a variety of materials, such as uPVC, brick, aluminium and various woods. If you’re building on a budget, compare the costs with our dedicated front porch cost guide.

Check out our decking cost guide for more information on choosing the right decking for your home.

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