The porch is an integral part of the facade of any house. A particular role in a private house is given to the porch: it has not only practical direction but also serves as an additional decorative element of the house facade and exterior. Originally, designed entrance to the house constitutes an architectural unity with the colors and the style of the house.
For the design of the porch, you can use the same materials and color shades that were used in decorating the house facade.
Sometimes, in the design of the porch several elements of the house external decor may be repeated: if in the facade design wood or stone were used, then for the porch you can also use wooden or stone structures. The color scheme of the main entrance to the house often repeats the shades of the exterior of the entire building:
The foundation of the porch
The porch can have a high or low foundation. If the house has a high base, the porch is usually made in the form of stairs, faced with tiles, ceramic porcelain tiles, processed wood or natural stone:
Low foundation porch is constructed when the basement of the house is also low. Two or three steps in such case are enough. The width and the shape of the steps depend on the size of the facade and porch area:
Porch without foundation is not the most reliable option for the house and is suitable only for those buildings that stand on the firm solid ground. In this case, the porch performs only a decorative function, and concrete slabs or paving tiles are used for its decoration:
A small plot of land in front of the house can be used to continue the porch. The sun-parlour will not only protect the porch from the rain, but it will also provide a place for outdoor recreation. The best option for arranging the sun-parlour—sliding glass doors that will hide from the wind or rain:
The porch in the form of a summer outdoor terrace can be large enough to freely site not only comfortable rocking chairs, but also the swings:
If the space in front of the house has a small area, the entrance to the house can be arranged into a cozy and comfortable terrace. Monochromatic and lack of bright decorations will accentuate the beauty of such terrace and visually expand the space of the porch
In the case when the entrance to the house is decorated modestly enough: without decorative frills and in one color range, the unusual design of the front door will counterchange the exterior. Doors of contrasting colors and original configuration are a bright accent on the sole-colored background of the porch.
Porch with canopy
The canopy, just as the porch, performs a practical function, but with the design approach, the roof over the entrance to the house can become a colorful accessory or a finishing touch in the exterior of the house:
If the porch canopy completes the eccentric design of the roof, then such canopy performs a rather decorative function, than useful. Protection from the sun and rain will be minimal:
The canopy can be made wide, spacious, and solid so that it occupied most of the adjacent territory and securely protected from natural phenomena. The family cars will easily fit under such roof:
The lighting of the porch
At night time for the convenience and safety, the porch and the yard of a private house should be well illuminated. The choice of lighting depends on the design style of the house.
Hanging lamp can be attached above the front door, and fitting in style and configuration street LED devices should be installed along the path leading to the porch:
Several identical wall sconces with downward light flux will give special charm not only to the entrance of the house but also to the part of the courtyard in front of the porch.
The path to the house
The paths laid up to the porch, constitute the stylistic and color unity with the house. Concrete slabs will be suitable for their design:
In case, if the house towers a bit over the plot, the paths to the porch will be better to be made in the form of steps that will greatly facilitate the descent and ascent to the house:
Glass and metal constructions
Enclosures in the form of light metal handrails give the porch a finished look and provide for the residents the feeling of safety and security:
Landscape design in front of the house
A plot of land in front of the house is often decorated with a variety of greenery. The territory of a private house does not limit the owners in the choice of landscape design on their plot. However, flowers and shrubs should not violate the style and the color palette of the facade.
The porch decorated in multicolor range presupposes the existence of the same bright lawns and flower gardens in front of the house. Such porch charms with its natural beauty and says about the hospitality of the owners:
The porch of the private house will become an original and unique part of the house, if one takes into account such simple guidelines:
- materials for decorating the house entrance should match the general style of the design of the house exterior;
- the porch foundation must match the building foundation;
- the canopy over the porch will provide protection of the porch from natural phenomena and will add an original look to it;
- the landscape design in front of the house performs not only an aesthetic function, but it also cleans the air in the area;
- when choosing the porch decor elements you need to consider not only their beautiful look but also functionality.