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Porch Ideas: 14 Designs That Will Elevate Your Home's Entrance

this porch idea uses a small extension to the side of the house
(Image credit: Ollie Hammick)

Porch ideas come in all shapes and sizes, but what they have in common is helping to frame the entrance to your home, creating a sense of depth to a flat-faced house, as well as providing some protection from the elements. 

While a simple open porch might help you stay dry while trying to open your front door, and enclosed porch extension can provide an 'airlock' to help prevent mud and dirt from being tracked into your home. 

Whether you're searching for porch ideas for a self build project as part of your external design, or are looking to add or replace a porch while renovating a house, there are plenty of designs available that can really enhance your home's kerb appeal.  

Take a look at our gallery of porch examples and how each could benefit your build or renovation. 

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1. This Enclosed Porch Idea Shelters you From the Elements

an enclosed porch idea

(Image credit: Anglican Home Improvements)

This traditional-style porch from Anglican Home Improvements, with its tiled gable roof, is a great example of an enclosed porch. 

Where hallway space is limited, an enclosed porch like this acts almost like a small extension, where muddy boots and wet outerwear can be shed and stored. Including plenty of glazing in the design ensures the spaces beyond are not dark and gloomy. 

2. Create a Wind Shield for Your Porch on an Exposed Elevation 

a wind barrier idea for a porch

(Image credit: Oak Designs Co)

While an open, roofed porch may be able to protect your front door from the rain, wind is a different story. This porch by Oak Designs Co features glazing on one side to protect the door from the wind, meaning you're less likely to get blown about when entering the house, but also saving your door furniture from rattling in strong gusts or the door blowing open. 

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3. Oak Frame Porches Aren't Only for Oak Frame Houses 

an oak frame porch idea

(Image credit: Border Oak)

Even those without an oak frame home can benefit from the warmth and character that a timber framed porch can add to a house. 

This design, from Border Oak, is self-supporting, like all their oak frame porches, meaning it stands against the house as opposed to being structurally integrated. 

Kits are prefabricated off site, ready to be assembled by your builder or even on a DIY basis. 

4. Create a Simple Overhang Porch 

an overhang porch idea

(Image credit: Urban Front)

A simple overhang can be visually stunning. This design, seen with a striking textured bronze pivot door from Urban Front, has been planted on top with a green roof — a brilliant porch idea to steal.

Consider incorporating porch lighting ideas within your canopy (integrated spotlights work well) and security cameras. 

5. Build a Statement Porch

porch ideas

(Image credit: Ion Glass)

This jaw-dropping porch idea is from Ion Glass. The structural glass porch has been added to a heritage barn conversion, proving that traditional buildings can really benefit from a striking contemporary addition such as this. 

Fully frameless glass has been used in order not to detract from the traditional characteristics of the barn, whilst the steeply sloping roof of the porch follows the same line as the original barn roof.

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6. Extend Your Porch Into a Useful Veranda

a veranda porch idea

(Image credit: Border Oak/Jeremy Phillips)

A full-width porch, or veranda, is a staple design feature of many New England-style houses, but is also a practical and beautiful addition to any country home.

The veranda is definitely one porch idea worth considering, providing protection from the elements along with a practical space in which to store logs and house Wellies and boot racks.

A veranda can also provide the perfect spot to sit and watch the sun set (or rise), so include some kind of seating too. 

This oak framed veranda was designed by Border Oak

7. Use Glazing to Create a Sympathetic Porch for an Older Property 

a glazed porch idea for an older home

(Image credit: IQ Glass)

Proving that owners of listed buildings need not give up on porch ideas that might be less than traditional in their appearance, this glazed porch from IQ Glass has been added to a Grade II listed building as part of its renovation. 

The design has not only extended the internal space, but the glazing also ticks all the boxes from a conservation point of view, in that it allows the original brick exterior to show through and clearly delineates the old from the new. 

8. This Creative Idea Uses Rooflights in a Porch Design 

a porch idea with rooflights incorporated

(Image credit: Dan Welldon)

This imposing porch feels completely in proportion with the grand scale of this home, renovated by XUL Architecture. However, where the depth of the porch could have lead to a dark spot, also affecting the light in the hallway via the door fanlights, rooflights have been integrated into the porch, to ensure it's well-served with natural light. 

9. Use Structural Columns for a Grand Porch Idea

grand porch idea using structural columns

(Image credit: Haddonstone)

Those after porch ideas for a Georgian-style properties should most certainly be considering stone as a material for the structure. 

This design, made from cast stone, by Haddonstone, frames the grand entrance to this historic renovation project perfectly. 

Ensure the style of the columns and portico match the era of the house you working on. 

10. Go Minimalist With a Built-in Porch Idea

built-in porch ideas

(Image credit: Urban Front)

As part of the overall design of this contemporary home, the porch has been incorporated into the façade. 

This has resulted in a generous covered space that really draws the eye towards the front door — an oversized iroko design from Urban Front

An front door that is built into the overall form of a house helps to create a seamless, unfussy design. 

11. Add Depth to a Flat House with a Canopy Porch

canopy porch ideas

(Image credit: Border Oak)

Some new houses can suffer from a distinct lack of depth and appear a little 2D. Adding even a simple canopy-style porch can really elevate the exterior, injecting character and individuality. 

This small oak-framed canopy, from Border Oak, features characterful clay roof tiles to tie in with the main house — its dainty proportions ensure no light is blocked from the internal entrance beyond. 

12. Try a Timber Porch Kit

timber kit porch ideas

(Image credit: The English Porch Co.)

This elegant timber porch is from The English Porch Company

This particular design, The Ascot, can be specified to extend right the way across the front of a house, and can also be designed to incorporate glazing and a front door.

The porch is supplied in kit form, and it is estimated that it should take a competent DIYer around a day and a half to install, with a little assistance in areas. 

You get to choose sizes, the type of wood used and play around with the design until you are completely happy. 

13. Create a Reception Space with a Large Porch

a reception porch idea

(Image credit: Oak Designs Co)

When a porch gets to a certain size, you may consider it more of an extension than a porch, but it acts in the same way, framing the entrance to your home and providing extra usable space. 

This large glazed porch extension from Oak Designs Co offers a reception space to the house, including space to park a pram. 

14. This Porch Idea Retains Access to the Garden 

a small porch extnesion ideas

(Image credit: Ollie Hammick)

This small porch extension created by Brosh Architects creates a boot room for storage of shoes and coats, while retaining access to the garden with a front and rear door. 

The small porch uses exposed brick for the walls and floors in its interior, creating the feeling that it is somehow still external to the house, acting as a reception for muddy shoes before entering the main house. 

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Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. She has renovated a terrace and is at the end of the DIY renovation and extension of her Edwardian cottage. She is now looking for her next project.