Today’s housing market is hot — red hot. It is assuredly a seller’s market. Knowing that homes may be overpriced due to demand, many people are choosing to upgrade their homes. Not only can they enjoy these upgrades now, but they also benefit later when it is time for them to sell.
One of the hottest trends is adding front porches to existing construction. Front porches provide homeowners with more space while offering a seamless connection between indoors and outdoors. Let’s take a look at the trend within the trend — porch designs for 2021.
As you consider your options, pick a style that’s fresh but complements your residence. The board and batten farmhouse look is very popular right now. Craftsman-style porches have grown in popularity due to their historic look with tapered columns and stone piers. Yet, you don’t have to be married to a single style. There is nothing wrong, and often something very right, about mixing styles. Do you have a front porch but want to freshen it up? You can always add modern accessories to your rustic front porch because, after all, it comes down to personal taste.
Updated Porch Railings
The porch railing has a valid complaint because it is often overlooked when it comes to decorating ideas. Choose something with clean, modern lines that will not fall out of style. There are many options and since Georgia Front Porch specializes in curb appeal, we can help guide you to the perfect railing options for your home.
Wood Is In
Whether it’s columns, siding, front door, fence, soffits, or garage doors, people are finding a place to embrace the wood trend. Not only is wood stunning, it can be painted, stained, or finished any way you desire — plus it’s easy to paint over in the future. Talk about flexibility!
Black and White
Warmer whites like creams, off-whites, and soft gray-whites are growing in popularity for front porches. In the last couple of years, we have also seen an upswing in darker paint! Deep colors such as onyx, urban bronze, or charcoal green are dramatic and eye-catching — even if you’re only using it on stone piers, lighting, or porch furniture.
Drive around north metro ATL and you’ll see quite a few front porches with metal roofs. Metal is eye catching and can significantly increase your curb appeal. Plus, it is extremely durable—an excellent trait in a roof. Looking for head-turning glam? Copper is the most attractive of all metal roofing options. Copper roofs are strong (lasting up to 50 years) and energy efficient. They are more expensive than shakes or shingles, but installation is quick and easy.
Comfortable Seating & Decor
Comfortable seating is an important part of any porch. After all, you’ll be spending a lot of quality time out there so why not be super comfortable? Swinging seats are great but if you don’t have a beam to hang it from, consider a freestanding swing chair. Adirondack chairs in bright colors also make for inviting seating. A traditional outdoor bench or rocking chairs are also great options. Be sure to position an outdoor rug to anchor the seating area while also bringing a pattern and additional color to your porch.
Consider making a grand statement by replacing your small, old porch lights with dramatic, oversized lights that make a noticeable difference from the street. Then, consider matching your new lights with other porch elements like outdoor planters.
Buyers Find Front Porches Highly Desirable
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) surveyed homebuyers and reports that front porches were among the TOP preferences for 2021.
Contact us to review your options and let us design and build you a front porch you’ll enjoy for years to come.