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Chris Breen, Principal Owner of Legacy Decks and Outdoor Living and has been serving families in Upstate South Carolina since 2005.

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Build Your Dream Porch: A Guide to Porch Design and Construction

Are you dreaming of a picture-perfect porch that’ll make your home stand out? It will require a great porch design.
This guide helps you build your dream porch from scratch. We’ve got you covered every step of the way, from design inspiration to porch ideas to construction tips.

What Good Porch Design Adds to Your Home

A well-designed porch adds value and charm to your home while creating a welcoming space for you and your guests to enjoy. When you invest in a custom porch design, you aren’t only enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your home, but also maximizing your outdoor space.

By working with our experienced porch builders/ porch contractors at Legacy Decks, together we can create a front porch, covered porch, or screened-in porch design that suits your needs and complements your home’s architecture. Whether you envision a cozy seating area or an entertainment space for hosting gatherings, a custom porch allows you to create the perfect outdoor living area.

Understanding the Purpose of Your Porch

To understand the purpose of your porch, it’s important to consider how it will be used and how it can enhance your outdoor living experience. Your front porch serves as the entrance to your home and sets the tone for your entire property. So, you want to make sure to get the front porch design right. It’s not just a space for decoration. Depending on the front porch ideas that you like, we can create a place to relax, entertain, and enjoy being outside.

When we work on a design for your porch, think about how you want to use the space. Do you envision a cozy seating area for enjoying your morning coffee or a spacious entertainment area for hosting gatherings? By incorporating your specific needs and desires into the design, you can create a front porch that reflects your personal style and enhances the overall aesthetic of your home.

Porch Design Inspirations

Porch Design Inspiration

We can help you get inspired with a variety of porch designs to create your dream outdoor space. When it comes to porch design inspirations, there are so many possibilities to consider.

Themed ideas can also add a unique touch to your porch design.

When You Start the Porch Construction Process

Once we meet and settle on a design right for you, there are other factors to consider:

1. Set a Realistic Budget

It’s essential to set a realistic budget that takes into account a variety cost factors involved in the construction process. Your budget will help you prioritize your needs and wants, ensuring that you can create a porch that enhances the curb appeal and layout of your home.

Consider the size of your porch, as larger spaces will require more materials and labor. Additionally, think about the features you want to include, such as outdoor seating or upgrades to the front of your home.

2. Select the Right Materials

When selecting the right materials, consider the durability, maintenance requirements, and aesthetic appeal of options such as composite or vinyl.

  • Composite materials offer the look of wood without the maintenance, as they’re resistant to rot and fading.
  • Vinyl is another low-maintenance option that’s durable and easy to clean.

You can incorporate other materials into your porch design, such as stone pavers for the flooring or siding for any walls.

3. Plan for Functionality and Aesthetics

The interior of your porch should be designed to suit your needs and enhance your outdoor living experience.

  • Choose furniture that’s comfortable and durable. You might want to add a side table, a sofa with throw pillows, a bench, or other features. You will want comfortable porch seating for your guests.
  • Add amenities like lighting or a ceiling fan for added comfort to your porch space.
  • For your railing, opt for a style that complements the architecture of your home while providing safety and security.
  • Add greenery when you incorporate planters, flowering plants, and hanging plants into your porch design to add a touch of natural beauty.
  • Choose a paint color that coordinates with your home’s exterior and creates a cohesive look.

4. Incorporate Safety and Accessibility

Prioritize the installation of railings, slip-resistant flooring, and well-designed staircases to ensure the safety and accessibility of your porch. Railings offer support and prevent accidental falls, while slip-resistant flooring reduces the risk of slips and trips.

5. Integrate the Porch Design with Your Home and Landscape

Consider how your porch complements the existing design of your place. A front porch should seamlessly integrate with your home’s aesthetics, whether it’s a cozy front porch or a symmetrical front porch. Make sure the materials, colors, and overall style of the porch harmonize with the rest of your home.

If you’re creating an outdoor living room, think about how the porch will flow into your indoor living space. You want a smooth transition between the two areas to create a cohesive and inviting atmosphere.

Factor into the design the surrounding landscape and how the porch can enhance it. Incorporate landscaping elements like plants, flowers, and pathways to create a visually appealing and inviting entrance.

6. Choose Quality Construction

To ensure a durable and long-lasting porch use of high-quality materials and skilled craftsmanship in its construction. When hiring a porch builder like Legacy Decks, you want professionals with a proven track record and positive customer review

Why Choose Legacy Decks

If you want an exceptional outdoor living experience and impeccable results, choose Legacy Decks, a top-tier deck builder in Upstate South Carolina.

When it comes to designing and constructing your dream front porch, make Legacy Decks your clear choice. We understand the importance of creating a welcoming entrance to your home, and our team of experts will work closely with you to bring your vision to life.

From the moment guests step onto your porch, they’ll be greeted by the exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail that sets Legacy Decks apart. Our talented designers can help you choose the perfect outdoor rug, potted plants, lantern, and bench to complete your porch and create a truly inviting space.

Trust Legacy Decks to transform your front porch into a stunning outdoor living space that you can enjoy for years to come.


The time it takes to build a porch can vary depending on several factors, such as the size, complexity, materials used, and weather conditions. Generally, we complete custom porch projects in a month or two.

The cost of building a porch varies. Some of the factors affecting the cost include the materials used and the size of the project. At Legacy Decks, our projects typically range from $25,000-$35,000 for a 12×12 porch.

Open porches are not as expensive to build than enclosed porches because they require fewer materials and labor. An open porch is a cost-effective option.

The main difference between a porch and a veranda lies in their design and location. A porch is typically a covered space attached to the front, side, or back of a house. It often has a roof and may have railings or balustrades. Porches are usually smaller and more intimate, providing a shaded area for relaxation or socializing.

A veranda is a larger, open-air platform that extends along one or more sides of a building. Verandas are commonly found in warmer climates and can be more spacious, often featuring columns or pillars for support. They are typically used for outdoor dining, entertaining guests, or enjoying panoramic views.

A farmer’s porch is a traditional style of porch commonly found in rural or farmhouse architecture. This type of porch typically spans the entire front length of a house and is supported by columns or posts. Farmer’s porches are often deep and wide, providing ample space for seating, rocking chairs, or even outdoor activities. They are designed to offer a comfortable and practical outdoor living area, allowing homeowners to relax and enjoy nature while maintaining a connection to their property.