When I was young, I remember my dad building the porch onto the family home. I asked him why did we need one? I can remember his words now “to keep the wind and rain out of the door” I thought it was a strange thing to say. But now I have my own detached house which is quite high up in our village and faces the southwest, I can totally understand. When it’s raining I’m struggling to get in the front door fast with the kids and then we leave wet footprints everywhere in the hallway. A porch makes sense, doesn’t it? A porch acts as a barrier to your home protecting the inside from the elements, plus its an added layer of security. It can help reduce heat loss from the building, therefore improve energy efficiency. It can be a storage area for mucky boots and shoes and wet coats. So in this post, I’m going to look at ways to modernise your porch and how to make use of it.
If you are looking to have a porch built onto your house, there are many different types of porch installations that you can choose from to suit your property. If you want it to be the focal point at the front of your property it’s best to get some professional advice. But if you already have one, it may need a little updating. So as I’m helping my mum to renovate her old miner’s cottage I thought I would share some ideas on ways to modernise your porch, as this is on her list of things to do.
- Light – make sure your porch has plenty of natural light. It will keep the area bright and bring in the light into your hallway. Having stained glass windows is an option. Or you can just opt for larger double glazed windows.
- Flooring – you can add light coloured tiles to the floor, to carry on with keeping the space uplifted.
- Storage – low-level storage options are suited to porches. You can store boots, shoes and wellies, and sports gear. Don’t forget the umbrella stand.
- Seating – depending on the size of your porch, you may have room for a seat. Ideal for getting those muddy boots off before you enter the house.
- Bold Colours – if you are looking for a modern look, bold colours, like rich greens are wonderful for a small porch area. Create an eye-catching moment when you open the door.
- Vintage Charm – cream walls and wooden shelves. Perfect for country style and old cottage properties.
- Accessories – Small potted plants, mats and rugs, wall decorations.
Modernising your porch is a great way to give your house exterior a facelift and to help increase its value, not forgetting making the front of your house look good!
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.
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