Our first impressions on reaching a home are very important. When buying a new home our initial thought on whether we like a property can either make or break the sale pretty much instantly. A porch and door can add style and finish off the look of a property and give it its own character.
A porch has been used since early medieval times, its purpose was to offer cover to worshippers entering and exiting a church and was usually located on the south facing side of the church, but could be found on the other compass facing walls also.
An Anglian Porch
Nothing has changed today and the purpose of a porch is still to allow a person to stand comfortably sheltering from bad weather before entering or exiting a building.
However, depending on the part of the world that you live in a porch can have many other uses, from the removal of working clothes so you do not take dirt into the house, through to larger areas that you can sit out under and entertain guests.
For extreme examples of longer and larger porches that are more of a Verandah to walk under and shelter from the elements. They come no bigger than that at the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island Michigan USA. It stretches the full length of the building and holds the record of being the longest porch at 660 ft long.
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What a headache that would be for the planning department today to authorise. But, if you are looking for something a little bit smaller, a porch that is under 3 msq in floor area and not within 2 metres of any boundary which fronts the highway, doesn’t need planning permission or building regulation approvals.
If you are in any doubt as to whether your home is suitable for a porch, contact your local planning authority who will be happy to offer further advice and guidance.
A porch can be very ornate or very plain and these days we all have our own design ideas on how the porch should look on our home.
An Anglian Porch
A porch offers you somewhere to step into from bad weather before you open the front door to your home. To me a porch acts like a decompression chamber, once inside it allows the air to adjust to the temperature between the outside and inside. Allowing the cold and warm air to mix together therefore not sending a cold draught straight into your home.
For me a porch will
– Help to keep the heat in my hallway and home
– Add a feature to the front of my home
– Offer extra storage for coats and shoes
– Give me added security
Once you have decided to have a porch added to your home, how are you going to decorate it and use the space? Remember that it will be the first thing that people see when entering your home.
There area many options for decorating your porch some of which include:
– Tiled, wood or carpeted floor
– Coat hooks, shoe and boot storage
– Mirror and pictures
– Table and flower display
A porch can say a lot about your personality and lifestyle. Is it full of coats and shoes from the family going in and out; does it just have a side table with pictures and a mirror on the wall or is it more minimalist? What do you think your porch says about you?
Have you made any style statements with your porch, how does it improve your home? Why not send in a picture of your porch for us to see?
If you would like to find out how we can help you with your porch why not click here for our website.