Porches remain to be an iconic house feature for most of Southern homes. In case you were thinking of adding a porch to your home, here are the 4 types of porch usually found in a southern home.
Farm or Ranch Porch
This is the classic porch design with verandah features such as railings and posts, elevation, and a wide staircase. It can be a front, side, back, or wraparound porch with the roof above the porch gently sloping down and away from the main house. This type of porch extends your outdoor living space, giving you the best of the indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
Usually crafted to serve as an entryway which frames the front door regally and neatly, a colonial porch usually has traditional posts. The usual fixtures found in a colonial porch are lanterns, plants and a small patio table, if the space allows.
A bit similar to the ranch porch, the bungalow porch does away with the classic railings. What it adds, however, is usually a porch swing and other comfortable seating furniture. The roof also extends to cover the porch. A bungalow porch may or may not be elevated.
Not all porches are created equal, and this rings the truest with the modern porch. Usually found in modern houses, some may not even recognize it as a porch. Much like the colonial porch, it serves more as an entryway, framing the door of the home. Steps may or may not be present. The modern porch favors minimalist plants. You can also use trellises for additional privacy.
Bonus: Screened Porch
If you live in an area where it’s hard to do away with pesky insects, a screened porch is highly recommended. These days, screened porches are also called “catios” where your pets can observe nature with a less obstructed view but still stay indoors. Aside from keeping insects out of your outdoor space, you also have a place where your pets, particularly cats, can enjoy nature-watching.