Are you looking for inspiring front porch designs and front porch ideas? We're so happy you are here.

Whether you dream of a country style porch, a sophisticated contemporary style or you only have a small space for a charming portico, we welcome you here to design, plan, decorate, and landscape your porch.


banner flag bracket installed on front porch railing

Our readers often ask us these two questions about hanging a flag:

1- How do I hang a flag on a round porch post or column?

2- How do I hang a flag without putting holes in the post or column?

Please visit our flag bracket page that answers those two questions. We even made a video for you there too.


Kelly Ann's porch curtains add a delightful and whimsical dimension to her front porch
Photo courtesy of Kelly Ann Stern Azzara
Have you considered outdoor curtains for your porch?Dave and I like the wispy charm of curtains blowing in the breeze.

Please take a moment to see these outdoor curtain ideas.

A Time of Times

What better time to enjoy your porch

Our kind Facebook friend, Roseanne Johnson Southard, says,
    "I live in an urban FRONT Porch community where we can observe dogwalkers and families taking a stroll, and runners staying in shape and bicyclists with or without a particular destination. We see cars passing, including the scofflaws who ignore speed limits, & see law enforcement participating in "parades" to honor a birthday or wedding.

    Neighbors chat from porch-to-porch, and wave from the sidewalk. Our Front Porches are how we stay in touch with life, in leisure or in time of crisis. In fact, in the Germantown area of Louisville, Front Porches have ALWAYS been 'our way of life'."
While we stay at home during this pandemic, we can take great solace in our porches.If you have a porch (and some nice weather to go with it), isn't it the best to get outside and do nothing but watch the grass grow for a bit?

The two of us take every chance we can to enjoy time together on our porch.

We hope this finds you doing well, healthy and safe.There's no better place than home and no finer spot to be - than on the porch.

What Front Porch Design Do You Like?

front porch designs collage - which is your favorite

Whether you have an existing porch or just a big dream of having a porch someday, is there a design you imagine in your head?We have oodles of front porch designs we have gathered over the years.

Please click to see them.

God bless the USA on this patriotic home
Remembering those who made the greatest sacrifice for us
There are no words to convey our gratitude for the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom, but we surely do honor them and their families.Here are some patriotic photos to inspire your porch decor.

DIY Porch Handrails

It only takes one step upon which to fall.Yes, just one.

Do yourself or a loved one a big favor. Install one of these easy DIY handrails for up to 5 steps to prevent a serious fall.

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Metal handrail kits make it easy to safe-proof your porch, deck or stoop stairs. And they look fantastic as well. We are delighted that our readers are taking an interest in these handrails.

Learn more about InstantRail and Iron X DIY handrails, highly recommended products that can save you and your loved ones from lots of pain!

Please visit our porch handrails page for important tips and things you should consider.

Love Your Backyard

Maya has turned her backyard into a fragrant, beautiful and green oasis

We sure do appreciate the beauty found in Maya's backyard.Maya, a longtime friend, has a love of flowers that is reflected in her backyard.Want more ideas for adding life to your backyard?

Gail's Welcoming Small Front Porch

porch with gable roof

Our friend Gail shares her small front porch with us. She sure has it spruced up for spring in a wonderful way!

We appreciate her welcoming view.Want more small porch ideas?

Listen to These Stories on the Porch

Tracing the Path podcast
Tracing the Path - Stories for the Porch
If you enjoy listening to stories on the porch or in the car, then we can highly recommend this interesting new podcast, Tracing the Path.These audio stories reveal how the worlds greatest ideas are interconnected. Truly fascinating!

We know you will appreciate these audio stories that reveal some of the most fascinating, intermingled facts of these legendary giants.Listen here.

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Porch Designs for Mobile Homes

Porch designs for mobile homes
Modular and mobile homes love porches too
We've gathered pictures and ideas for enhancing your home with wonderful porch designs.

Look at These Home Plan Ideas

Traditional Country House Plan

Beautiful country home with spacious porch - houseplan
Beautiful country home with amazing porch - Plan # 60022
a sweet cottage retreat Family Home Plans
Sweet Cottage Retreat - Family Home Plan #86955
Just 576 square feet in this charming cabin. It boasts of a vaulted ceiling in the living room with a plant shelf and skylight - and a pass-through kitchen for that nice open feeling.

Farmhouse: Here's a Dream Front Porch Design

Wonderful wraparound porch on this sprawling farmhouse - Family Home Plans
Classic farm house with sprawling wraparound porch - Plan #86245
Many of us have the dream of living in a farm house in the country.Isn't this a beautiful one?We found this plan at Family Home Plans.We are proud to be one of their affiliates.
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If you see a house plan you like on our site, jot down the plan # and have it handy for when you visit Family Home Plans.They have a wonderful collection of plans and most of them can be modified to fit your needs. Search to your heart's content.

Are you looking specifically for a porch plan?Great, then please take a look at these porch plans they offer (very popular with our readers!)

We may receive a commission if you purchase a plan through our link. The price is the same to you.See our full affiliate disclosure policy.

Did You Know?

Did you know you can modify a house plan you purchase on line?

See a plan you like? Need to move a wall, add storage, or expand the kitchen?You can do it and we know someone who can help!

Shawnna Steele, owner of ReDesign HPListen to our podcast with Shawnna Steele, owner of ReDesign HP, an online company that specializes in making house plan modifications.

Front Porch Design Ideas

Use our very popular front porch illustrator to see how different porch designs affect the overall appeal of a home. We show you various front porch designs on both a ranch and two story home to give you different perspectives.

ranch home with a pergola style front porch
Front porch with pergola style roof
The right porch design can surely add lots of appeal and extra outdoor living space.Get more front porch design ideas!

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Look at These Porch Enclosure Ideas

You've come to the right place! Use one of FamilyHomePlans.com screen porch DIY plans and build your own (or hire a contractor). Start with a screen room and install screen porch windows from DIY Eze Breeze.comto create a three season room!

Beautiful three season porch with Screen Porch Windows
Easily add additional outdoor living space

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Does one fit your home nicely?
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screen porch looks lovely with aqua chairs and lush greenery
Discover these four important screen porch considerations from The Porch Company

Small Porch Appeal

People often ask us how to make small porches more appealing. Here's but one example of adding a lattice panel between the porch columns to create both interestand curb appeal.

lattice panel added to porch roof gable
Lattice panel added between porch columns
See more small porch improvement ideas!

Have You Tried Our Porch Illustrator?

Porch Illustrator lets you see the difference a porch makes

If you have a ranch home, our Porch Illustrator will give you some idea how various front porch designs would look on it. Try it for yourself.

We also have a Porch Illustrator for a two-story-home, too. Both very helpful with planning your front porch designs.

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We get lots of questions about how a porch would look on a ranch or two-story home. Take a look at our Porch Illustrator e-Book to see how a plain home is transformed with the addition of a porch.See more.

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Our Site is a Labor of Love

As Dave and I have looked at homes over the years and strolled through neighborhoods, we have always been drawn to charming front porches. We've lived in homes with big porches, small porches and no porch (sad!).

We once purchased a home just because it had a screened porch. And that was a terrific decision.

Dave and I use our passion to bring you the best porch decorating and design ideas for your front porch.

We hope that our front porch designs, decorating and entertaining ideas will help you whether you have a front porch, side porch, or a great back porch!

You will find many front porch designs and porch pictures throughout our site.

Our front porch pictures will help you visualize and plan your projects.

Thinking of building or renovating a porch? From stone columns to renovating to building a new porch from scratch we have photo gallery pictorials to show you how it is done.
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