How to design your own home front porch

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How to design your own home front porch
Design your very own personal porch (razyph/iStock/Getty Images)

A front porch adds an outdoor living space that can be used and enjoyed all year round. It helps to extend the family's living space and creates a connection between the outside and the inside of the house.Many homeowners like a front porch for its simplicity and added use.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Architectural scale
  • 30-60-90 triangle
  • 45-45-90 triangle
  • Measuring tape

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  1. 1

    Decide where in the front of your house you want to have the porch. Many times a front porch is an extension of the front entrance.

  2. 2

    Measure the area where you want the porch.

  3. 3

    Measure the outside of your house.

  4. 4

    Draw the outside perimeter of your house on paper using the architectural scale and triangles. A typical house floor plan is drawn at a 0.5cm or 0.25 cm (1/4- or 1/8-inch) scale.

  1. 1

    Decide on the design of your front porch.

  2. 2

    Look at different magazines, books, and what is around your existing neighbourhood to find out what options you have and what goes best with your style and the house.

  3. 3

    Decide if you want an open porch design or an enclosed porch.

  4. 4

    Draw the layout of the front porch on your floor plan using the same architectural scale as the floor plan.

  5. 5

    Draw an elevation of the front porch so that you can show what it looks like from all sides.

Tips and warnings

  • You might also want to draw the location of the landscape and hard scape around your house where you want the front porch so that you can tie them into the design.
  • A front porch can have the same amenities as a room inside your house; you might want to consider having electrical sockets put in as well.
  • Remember if your front porch is more then 75cm (30 inches) above the ground, you will need a guardrail to prevent people from falling off the side.
  • Remember to check with your local building and planning department to see what permits are required as a front porch will often require approved drawings and inspections during construction.

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