It's official—you've decided to add a 3-season porch onto your house! While this is a very exciting decision, it also comes with many choices on how to make it something you'll be happy with and enjoy for years to come. Every decision can have an effect on how much you enjoy your new space, so making the right choices is crucial.
If you're looking for some professional insights when it comes to designing your 3-season porch, check out our video below.
How Big Should My Porch Be?
This question comes up frequently, but the answer is simple—make your porch as spacious as you can. We commonly find that customers wish they would have made their porch a little bigger.
What Can Affect My Porch Size?
There are many factors that determine how large your porch will be. Some of these include making it proportionate with the size of the house, working around windows or other physical obstacles, and zoning or other local laws. Talking to your general contractor will help you get all these questions answered and will help you plan your project.
Design Tips for Your Porch
The best advice when designing your porch is to make it look like it's always been there. The porch shouldn't look like an after-thought, so make sure to match the design to the rest of the house. That includes making sure the colors and materials match, as well as making sure the porch isn't bigger than the entire back of your house.
The interior design of your porch can affect the way you choose to build. If you plan to have furniture around the edges of the porch, that will limit visibility when looking outside, so you might want to consider having a knee wall instead of tempered glass panels.
Porch Columns and Framing Size
Another thing to consider when choosing the columns and framing of your porch is how open you want your porch to feel. In a large porch, you can use larger framing and still be able to enjoy a lot of openness and space. In a smaller porch, you want to maximize the amount of window and screen space, which means keeping your framing and columns as small as you can. The less framing that you see, the closer you'll feel to being outdoors when you're enjoying your porch.
Maximizing Your 3-Season Porch Space
When it comes to getting the most out of your 3-season porch, it's important to consider size, exterior and interior design, and columns and framing. Once you have an idea of what you're looking for in these areas, your porch may quickly turn into your favorite room in the house.