A front porch is your home’s face. It’s what everyone sees as they drive by. It greets your friends even before you do.
Let me ask a very personal question. Do you like your face — I mean your home’s face? Or does it need some make-up?
…Or a full make-over?
Perhaps just add some decoration with a little roof…
…Or build a full porch where you can truly relax….
Let me clarify what we are not talking about here. A front porch is not:
Merely an overhanging roof.
Or just a platform. That would be a stoop.
It does not wrap around your house.
Nor is it a side porch, or a back porch. A front porch must be out front.
A front porch is not enclosed with walls. That is an entry.
And I am excluding those gorgeous two-story porches on southern plantations, like Boone Hall outside Charleston – which you may have seen in the mini-series, “North and South.”
No, too big for my little blog.
Let’s focus instead on true Front Porches, in four categories.
Porticos dress up your front door, as if a simple stoop grew columns and a roof.
The roof shelters you from the rain or snow as you get out your key, or shelters your guests as they ring the door bell and await your greeting.
A portico can be simple….
There are massive porticos…
But let’s save massive for big institutions and get back to your home.
Your portico could have rails….
Or not….It wants a ceiling, perhaps curved. And it certainly needs trim.
Carefully crafted trim.