great debate, front or back porch
May 02, 2019 Custom Home Design

The Great Debate: Front or Back Porch?

Porch sitting is an all-American pastime that prompts the great debate–do you favor a front or back porch? Read the pros and cons of both, and you decide!

Front Porch:

  • Adds curb appeal
  • Provides outdoor living space
  • Helps you connect with neighbors
  • Not private
  • Depending on home layout, space may be limited

Back Porch:

  • Extends living space to the outdoors
  • Can provide an al fresco dining experience
  • Has more privacy than a front porch
  • Can be more spacious than a front porch

Front or Back Porch?

Front porches conjure up images of porch swings and pitchers of lemonade, while back porches inspire thoughts of barbecues, stargazing and watching the kids safely playing in the backyard. You may find the pros of each make having both an appealing solution.

Location, Location, Location

The location of your porch matters. Consider proximity to the kitchen, especially if dining outdoors is your thing. A back porch typically provides easier access to the kitchen than the front porch. Also, if you’re a plant lady (or plant gentleman), you should also take sunlight into consideration if you’re planning on planting around the porch. There may be more shade cast onto your precious perennials than you anticipated.

Still conflicted? Here’s the bottom line: Front porches have charm and curb appeal that’s undeniable, while back porches may be more functional for spending time outdoors…which begs the question, why not try both?

If you’re ready to build a home that has the porch–or porches–of your dreams, contact us. We are looking forward to visualizing the possibilities with you.

About Wayne Homes

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