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.

Products of the Week

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Vintage Doors

Bring beauty and value your home with heirloom-quality REAL wood doors by Vintage Doors. Meticulously handmade by expert craftsmen in your exact size and style—to be loved and respected for generations, just like the olden days. Hand-crafted wood product line includes: screen doors, storm doors, Dutch doors, French doors, louver doors, pantry doors, interior doors, exterior doors, entrance units, three season porch enclosures, pet doors, arch top doors, round top doors, custom doors and more.

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Nostalgic Warehouse

Classic-style door hardware, engineered for new construction or historic renovation, lacquer-coated, solid brass, patterned after original antique hardware, passage, privacy, mortise lock, or dummy sets and cabinet hardware and accessories.

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Pewabic Pottery

Pewabic fabricates heirloom quality architectural tiles for public and private installations, gift and commemorative tiles, vessels, gardenware, ornaments and both reproductions and adaptations of its historic designs and offers classes, workshops, lectures, internships and residency programs for studio potters and other artists.