Awesome Porch: Step By Step Design
Some decades ago, the porch served as the ‘living room’ of the home. It was a great place to chit chat with neighbors or friends and watch kids as they played outside. Moreover, the porch was a symbol of rest and enjoying life outside, rather than staying indoors. But everything changes in this world, so did our life style – as houses evolved families started taking their activities inside and technology replaced playing outdoors and the porch became a kind of exotic part of the home. Don’t you guys agree that the porch became a storage area, instead of an extension to the home. But fortunately today, most families are trying to bring back the elements of a great porch, and here are steps od designing a good quality porch our team has selected out.
Step by step amazing porch design
Step 1. Space question
Determine how much space you have: some porches have an ample amount of room, while others are smaller and don’t allow for a lot of seating and conversation area. Do this first to ensure you will design and layout your porch appropriately.
Step 2. Define your goals
There are options for porch activities – sitting, dining, lying on a daybed and just playing for your kids! Opt for your activities based on your lifestyle and the climate in which you live. If harsh winters are common, permanent and expensive patio furniture may not get enough use to make the investment. Opt for more versatile furniture that can be moved and stored in a garage throughout this season.
Step 3. Do it on your budget
Everyone wants to save some money plus have a great furniture.It’s not impossible – just consider buying furniture in the fall, when the summer season is coming to a close and stores are trying to make way for holiday merchandise. Check garage sales, online classified sites, and thrift stores, they may surprise you! Believe us, it doesn’t mean that your porch should be any less stunning to enjoy it.
Step 4. Porch flooring
When choosing flooring materials consider how much overhang you have on your porch. If your porch isn’t covered consider using a porous area rug in the seating area. Remove the rug and let air dry when not in use to prevent mildew. For covered porches, consider using jute, or seagrass rugs to bring color and texture into this normally dull and sterile space.
Step 5. Brighten your porch up!
Subconsciously humans enjoy porches because you can enjoy the outdoors, without having to be overly immersed in the outdoors! Consider adding hanging basket plants, urns filled with flowers, and planters filled with plants. Small herb gardens grown in planters and placed on tables are a great way to bring fragrance and nature to your relaxing oasis.
Step 6. Porch decoration
Personalize the decor of your porch: Your porch should feel like an extension of your home interiors. There are no formal rules, so go for it. Hang hammocks, porch swings or daybeds to have a place to take a nap and relax. Use decorative wall hangings, throw pillows and outdoor baskets to store porch activities in. Remember, you are outside, so materials like metals, and fabrics can rust and absorb moisture. Bring in these items during inclimate weather to ensure your decorative items remain in their original condition. The porch can always change decor, and atmosphere, depending on your mood!