Porches

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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