A How to Guide to Designing Porches that Pop
When designing houses and finalizing the layouts I am always thinking about how the spaces will be best used. If a space can be multi-purpose then it becomes more valuable. Or if you can add a space that didn’t exist before that’s even better. A perfect example of this would be porches. When you consider the other spaces in the house and what a buyer would expect then it can be an easy decision.
Here are just a few ways that you can make changes in existing porches to increase appeal and value.
Warm it Up
Many porches are not heated. That can make them unusable during cold months. By adding a heat source not only are you adding square footage to the home, but you are creating a space that can be used for a variety of activities.
Have a Seat
Adding a bench can be a great use of space in a porch. It acts as the perfect drop zone as you enter or leave the house. When guests arrive it can accomodate coats and shoes. Or on a quiet morning it can be a spot for a cup of coffee as you start your day.
Incorporating a wall detail into your porch space can be a great option as well. Think shiplap or board and batten. You can be as simple or as fancy as you like. The additional interest add to a space that would have normally been just a pass through room.
Upgrade the Floors
Older porches may have floors that are not designed to be walked on without shoes. Typically, a thick vinyl in a neutral color can work well. In rare instances, I have found original hardwood UNDER linoleum. I have even had concrete floors which were painted with a special concrete paint (it came in a variety of colors too.)
All the hard surfaces of a porch can use some comfy touches. An area rug or runner to warm the floors, a few accent pillows and some decorative (but functional) hooks. And with all the great light these spaces get…don’t forget the live greenery.
Purposing a porch as a mudroom, sitting area, or even an office are all great options. When the space is large enough, you may even be able to get multiple uses out of it. Remember, usable space equals value so the more usable space the better value for the new homeowner.
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