There are few things that say “Southern” than a traditional front porch. On the right house, a traditional porch provides timeless curb appeal and seasonal enjoyment for years to come. Memories are made on them. A first kiss, a long goodbye, summertime lingering, watching the buzz of life while sipping lemonade, welcoming your favorite visitors, watching sunrises or sunsets and even watching the stars come out at night. And let’s not forget the holidays: trick-or-treaters on Halloween, family at Thanksgiving, and carolers at Christmas.
Ideally, a full front porch needs to be ample enough for gathering. Seating space is important, as is having enough room to comfortably walk around the furnishings and each other. A good guideline for a porch is to have a minimum depth of 6 feet though 8-10 is preferred and double the swing of a 36” entry door.
Once you’ve decided on the dimensions, you’ll need to give some thought to the design to truly experience the benefits of a front porch addition. How will it fit in with the architectural style of your home’s exterior? Since Georgia Front Porch has a high level of expertise in front porch construction, you can expect excellent design advice. We will help your feel confident about design options because you’ll see several 3-D renditions from which to choose. This will also ensure your new porch addition fits seamlessly into your home’s original design, rather than looking like an after thought.
A traditional front porch might include features such as a metal or shingle roof, wood, PVC or aluminum balusters which look like iron but are low maintenance, round or square columns, ceiling fans, recessed lights and more. Ceilings might be bead board, tongue and groove, or another design. You may even wish to go truly old-Southern-traditional and paint the ceiling blue!
Once your traditional front porch is constructed, normally in 7 – 10 days, you’ll want to furnish it so that you can truly relax and entertain on it. Consider wicker rockers, Adirondack chairs, outdoor rugs, tables, sconces or recessed lighting and maybe even a bench swing.