Front Porch Addition

Great front porch designs

A front porch addition can greatly increase the value of your home by improving its curb appeal. Whether you're adding a new porch or improving your existing space with a front porch swing or front porch railings, your project can easily make your home look brand new.

Of course, if you're building a new front porch addition, you should first check with your local permits office and refer to the by-laws in your area regarding land coverage and size restrictions. Since a front porch is such an obvious project, it would be difficult to complete without someone noticing, so you want to make sure you're doing everything legally.

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For both new and existing front porch designs, you need to take into consideration the look and feel of your home and property. Make sure your addition is proportionate to your home and it doesn't take up too much of the space at the front of your property. To get the most enjoyment out of the space, you probably want to make sure that there is some distance between the porch and the road, as well as any neighboring buildings.

Front Porch Plans

Whether you're looking at a new or existing porch, you can easily find front porch plans and designs online. Another easy way to plan for your front porch addition is to contact a professional contractor. You may also consult with a landscaper, who may have some helpful hints on ways to incorporate your porch plans into your existing property and the way it looks.

Front Porch Railings

Front porch railings are a vital part of any porch plan. If you already have a porch, you need to make sure that the railings are secure, as they are the primary safety feature of the area. It's quite easy for someone, especially little people, to slip or stumble and fall off of a porch. Even though many porches aren't a great distance off of the ground, you can still find people injured quite seriously from a fall off of a porch. The railings need to be secure, close together, and tall enough to prevent accidents.

Your home insurance company will probably want to inspect the railings on your porch, especially if it's a new porch, to make sure that they provide enough safety and security to prevent injuries.