It’s summer, and you know what that means! You get to spend all of your free time outdoors, soaking up the sun, and enjoying those warm summer breezes.
It might feel like perfection already, but having the perfect porch is going to make it that much sweeter.
There are plenty of ways to dress up a porch. And it ought to look good—after all, it’s often the first thing people see when they look at your home. Neighbors don’t get to see inside your abode, so they have to judge it from its exterior.
A beautiful porch is both lovely and practical, but there are different types of porch, each with many options to consider. Here are just a few.
Porches are different from decks in that they are usually covered, at least partially. You might have a wraparound porch that is half-covered, a unique arch over your front door, a structural gable, or a visually–appealing awning to provide shade. Whichever way you lean, there are plenty of possibilities.
A screened–in porch is truly the home’s jack–of–all–trades. A screened area has the benefits of keeping bugs and pests out while keeping children and pets in. This means you can freely enjoy the great outdoors and extend the warmer season. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about being swarmed by bugs in the evening, and you can relax knowing your pet is safe to roam without the fear of escaping.
Every front porch needs seating. Whether it’s just you and your spouse enjoying the view, or a porch party with a handful of friends, make sure your porch is equipped with seating for all. Try comfy chairs for singles, and couches and benches to accommodate larger get-togethers.
If your porch is big enough, why not include a dining space? Maybe it’s just a small table for two or a longer table for hosting dinner parties.
With proper planning and a little bit of customization, you can have furniture that does double duty. Invest in long padded benches for everyday sitting that can also fit beneath a folding dining table for when guests come to call.
To give your porch a little bit of extra pizzazz, why not put in a swing or hammock? A wooden outdoor swing suspended from a covered porch is an excellent way to sit in style. For something a little funkier, a hammock might be just the ticket. If your porch is reinforced properly, you can suspend a hammock right from its posts or from the roof. If not, a freestanding hammock is a great alternative if you have the room. For a happy medium between sitting and reclining, try a hammock swing!
Set the Mood
Lanterns and candles help you create the perfect summer atmosphere, while a few cozy blankets, throw pillows, and a glass of wine warms the soul when the nights turn chilly. A little greenery always looks great too. Throw in a few decorative flower pots and fun table-top pieces, and you’ll have a picture-perfect porch.
If we’ve got you thinking about a new porch, now is the perfect time to start. Connect today, and let us help you make this the best summer ever.