House Plans with Porches are an integral part of Americana. The porch has been a signature feature of the American home plan and the center of a family’s social activities almost from the beginning. Very popular in the mid-1800s until the advent of air-conditioning in the mid-1900s, the front porch served as a connection to the outdoors and an integral part of the social activity in the neighborhood. Although the front porch all but disappeared from new house plan construction during the 1950s and ‘60s, it remained popular among many home styles by region, including New England, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, and Americans over the past few decades have once again fallen in love with it.
A welcoming presence to guests and a way to enjoy the outdoors while still at home, porches come in all sizes and styles—from the simple and homey to the elaborately furnished; from the wide and narrow to the wraparound, side porch, screened-in rear porch, portico, or large front porch. You will see many examples of all of these classic structures in home plans with porches.
Wraparound Porch: One of the classic features of many house plans with porches – such as Farmhouse, Southern, Victorian, and Country style home plans – the wraparound or two-sided porch extends around the home plan (or at least two sides of it). If you want wonderful views of the outdoors, the sunset, or the moonlight from different parts of the house, this is the porch for you. It is also great for outdoor entertaining.
Front Porch: Instead of a wraparound porch, some homeowners may choose to go with a large front porch on their home plan. This porch spans the width of the home plan but does not encircle the entire structure.
Small Porch: While wraparound and large front porches are attractive to some, others prefer a smaller front porch – one that also showcases the other attractive features of a home plan, like arched windows and doorways. A small front porch can be as appealing and charming as its bigger counterparts.
Portico: Described as a small covered walkway or porch with a roof and supported by columns or piers, the portico goes a long way in enhancing a house plan’s curb appeal. Certainly more economical than covering the entire front elevation of the home with a porch, the portico comes in various styles – from the classic to the modern.
Rear Screened-in Porch: In the 1950s, as Americans longed for more quiet time in the privacy of their homes, architects erased the front porch from many of their floor plan designs and started constructing patios and screened-in porches in the backyard. Today, the rear screened-in porch is almost as popular as the front porch. Not only is it a spot to unwind and get some respite from the sights and sounds of family life, the rear screened-in porch is an extension of the home’s entertaining space.
Whatever kind of porch strikes your fancy, you are sure to find what you’re looking for as you browse our collection of House Plans with Porches.