A look at period-appropriate porches and decks for old house exteriors, including different styles of classic balustrades, columns, architectural gingerbread, porch lighting and porch furniture.

SEE ALSO: Conservatories, Gazebos & Sheds | Exterior Lighting | Exterior Painting | Garden Design | Remuddling | Siding, Shingles & Roofing |Windows, Doors & Shutters

shed porch roof

The Porch Roof

A porch without a roof is merely a deck. Besides, the porch roof is an important defense against the elements.

building a new porch railing

Building a New Porch Railing for a 1920s Home

When Bill Ticineto and Jill Chase added a period-appropriate verandah to their 1920s-era home, building a new porch railing for the steps to their side yard was a necessity. Here's how they did it.


How to Repair Old Porches

Tips and techniques for restoring and repairing old porches, including repairing porch posts, columns, flooring, skirting and more.

front porch

Living on the Porch

Outfit your front porch or screened porch as it was meant to be—an outdoor room with personality, comfort, color, and texture. Furnish it for conversation and for naps. Include a sturdy rug, side tables, pillows, and lots of plants.

The voluminous porch enjoys full views of the ocean as well as new perennial borders featuring a blend of native and cultivated plant species.

Porch with a View

When Hammer Architects added a spacious new porch to an old Watch Hill home, they created interesting opportunities for landscape architect Keith LeBlanc.

Brick is a stalwart, almost always appropriate for use around an old house.

Ideas for Porches, Patios & Decks

Wood columns, balustrades, and even fretwork can last decades provided they’re cut from long-lived, dimensionally stable wood with a low moisture content.

By thoroughly researching original details, the Millers created a porch that's in perfect harmony with the Italianate house.

Re-creating an Italianate Porch

To create a fitting vintage porch for an 1870s Italianate, this couple looked to historical precedents.

Timber-framed porches can be built to enhance the structure, adding value and comfort.

Designs for Farmhouse Porches

Create the perfect farmer’s porch for your vintage-inspired house.

Glide and bounce on this vintage-style lawn suite from Country Door.

The Best Furniture for Old-House Porches & Patios

Options for furnishing the outdoor room.

A multitude of Arts & Crafts details, such as a gable lattice and tapered columns, help layer this inviting front-entry façade.

How To Design a Bungalow Porch

Bungalow porches offer a warm welcome. Whether you're building new or renovating an old porch, learn its history and ways to replicate this outdoor room.

Queen Anne houses typically feature prominent porches.

History of Old-House Porches

The old-house porch is beloved by many.

A Steamboat Gothic porch, replicated on an old house in Houston. Photo: Janet Lenzen

New Porches for Old Houses

It’s not always easy to add (or replace) a porch that’s compatible, but help is at hand from period-friendly systems and new wood substitutes.

Victorian porch

Porch Details for Every Era

Old catalogs yield clues to appropriate styles for columns and other millwork.

Products of the Week



Manufacturer of adhesives, wood consolidants, and wood replacement compounds for structural and decorative restoration.

abatron Mold Making and Casting Compounds

Mold Making & Casting Compounds

Founded in 1959, Abatron, Inc. specializes in the research, formulation, and manufacture of epoxy and related compounds.