Curb Appeal

We have all passed by homes with charming front porches with great curb appeal that seem to invite us in for lemonade and warm conversation. A fabulous front porch makes a wonderful first impression.

RAISE IT UP 

A front porch should not give you that sinking feeling. It should be elevated and on display, which requires raising the home’s foundation an extra 12 to 18 inches above what is minimally required. Low porches become visually lost when landscaping matures and blocks the view of detailed railings or columns. Do not overdo it; a frequent mistake is raising the foundation too high, making coming and going cumbersome. Both builders and homeowners sometimes overlook this step or decide against the additional cost, but a little money can make a dramatic difference. A front porch with three or four steps is comfortable for most people and is not burdensome if you are going up and down several times a day.

LIMITED BUDGET

IF YOU HAVE A LIMITED BUDGET FOR THE FRONT PORCH, THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER ARE: (1) RAISING THE FRONT PORCH, AND (2) PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE PROPORTIONS OF THE COLUMNS AND BEAMS. DOING THIS RIGHT WILL HELP THE OVERALL VALUE OF YOUR HOME.

BIGGEST MISTAKE

THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU CAN MAKE ON THE FRONT PORCH IS BUILDING THE PORCH TOO LOW TO THE GROUND. THIS IS OFTEN THE FIRST AND ONLY IMPRESSION SOME PEOPLE WILL HAVE OF YOUR HOME—IT SHOULD NOT HAVE A SINKING FEELING!