A porch is a great feature to add to your home. It gives you a comfortable space to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The type of structure that you choose will depend on your preferences and the main use of the space you have built.
Pick the Right Style
There are many styles of porch available. Consider the main use of the area. Do you want an enclosed and insulated porch to enjoy in all seasons? If you go with a screened porch, you will need to be prepared to limit your use during colder weather or have a plan in place to add a covering to protect you from the elements and temperature.
Choose the Location
Decide on the area of your home where you want the porch installed. You can have one located on the front of your house, or a more private porch out back if you have a large yard. The size of the porch should be suitable for the type of home that you have and work well with your environment.
You will want to determine if you prefer a space that gets plenty of light, or if you would rather your porch offer some shade from nearby trees. Direct sunlight will reduce the need to use energy to power lights and may even save on heating bills.
Consider the Materials
Finally, you should work closely with your contractor to select the materials that you want on your porch. Are you looking for a wooden deck? Or do you want a screened porch to keep the mosquitoes and other pests away? The materials that you use, from wood to stone, should be functional and blend well with the structure of your home for a pleasing look.
Once your new porch is constructed, it may become your favorite area of your home. Make it a comfortable place to entertain or pass the time.