Porch ideas for hipped roof houses

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Porch ideas for hipped roof houses
A porch provides a relaxing escape. (back porch glider image by palms from Fotolia.com)

Hipped roof houses have four-sided roofs with gentle slopes on the ends and sides. This roof type is very wind resistant due to its shape. Level eaves on the roof make it easy for gutter installation. Because the roof is versatile, if you are looking to add a porch to your house, there are a number of options. With creative construction, almost any type of standard porch can work. Choose a porch location that will blend in well with the existing architecture of the home.

Screened Porch

Add a screened porch to the back of your hipped roof home if you enjoy spending time outside but wish to avoid bugs. This type of porch is well suited for dining. Add a door that leads to a cement patio where you can set up a grill if you will use the area to eat. Screen porches also provide an option where pets and children can enjoy the outdoors while still remaining in an enclosed space. Add a fireplace so you can use the porch in colder months of the year.

Four-Season Porch

If you live in a climate with cold winters and want to enjoy your porch year-round, add a four-season porch with lots of windows. You may want to add your porch to a side of your hipped roof home that has minimal or no windows so you can extend the roof downward, forming a roof over your four-season porch. These types of porches provide extra living space and can be decorated and furnished in the same style as your home interior since the porch isn't exposed to the elements.

Front Porch

A large front porch can work well on a hipped roof home because of the high roof line. You can run the porch along the entire length of your home or use a smaller section. Include steps leading up to the porch to make finding the front door easier for visitors. Add a hipped roof that extends from below the windows of your second story to cover the porch.

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