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Choosing Between Front Porch Styles

Choosing Between Front Porch Styles

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July 31, 2007

Front porch styles vary from house to house in some neighborhoods, while in others, they tend to be similar.  With all of these options, it's no wonder that people are confused about what to do when they are remodeling their front porch area.  Should you stay the same as everyone else or should you try for someone completely different?  When you're deciding between front porch styles, you need to think about three things: purpose, style, and budget.

The purpose of front porch styles is much more important than you may think.  While the front porch may seem like a simple part of your home, it's the first thing that people will see when they enter your house, so it needs to be functional as well.  There should be enough room for someone to stand on the stoop with one other person (at least) and it might want to include something that this person can stand under if it's raining or windy outside.  You might also want to make this an area where you entertain guests, adding a bench or a porch swing.

Front Porch Styles

Front porch styles can be simple or their can be extravagant, depending on the look you desire.  Try to look at other parts of your home's exterior for clues as to how you might want to decorate your front porch.  For example, if there is moulding or other accents on the rest of the front of your home, you might want to include these as a part of your front porch design.  Or if you are looking to create a certain time period, those details can be incorporated into the front porch as well.

And unfortunately, the budget is usually one of the major factors in choosing between front porch styles.  The ornate styles are generally more expensive as are those made from specialty materials while those that are simpler are generally less expensive, though not always as long lasting.  Try to find out what you are willing to spend at the maximum and then reduce that figure by ten percent to get an accurate idea of what your budget should be.

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