Before & After Exteriors and Home Additions: Porches

Before-and-after photos show how a porch addition can add style and outdoor-living potential to your home.

Turret Porch

The before photo of this 1910 farmhouse shows a dark, enclosed and uninviting porch. The boxy shape doesn't lend itself well to ample furniture space for family gatherings. The dated exterior looks completely different after its home remodeling plans.

Turret Porch

A makeover added Victorian style and more space for outdoor living and entertaining. The peaked roof entryway and gazebo with turret roof both feature hanging baskets overflowing with shade-loving flowers. This remodeled porch is ready for spring and summer nights. 

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Victorian Porch Add-On

The original wraparound porch was removed from this 1893 Victorian, robbing the home of character. Without it, the house looks plain and non-dimensional. See how the homeowner's porch plans came to life and spruced up this boring exterior. 

Victorian Porch Add-On

The new wraparound addition softens the home's entryway and creates inviting outdoor living and entertaining space. The white trim perfectly complements the rest of the home, keeping with the traditional Victorian style. The covered porch makes for an ideal shady spot to relax in the summer. 

Small House Porch Addition

Before the home remodeling work took place, you'd drive past this house without even noticing it. With extra-large shutters covering the front exterior and a barely-there entrance, there's not much to behold. See what front porch ideas went into this ultimate makeover. 

Small House Porch Addition

Even the smallest homes benefit from a new front porch design. A simple entryway facade was recast as a snug porch with a welcoming portico. By expanding the porch into the yard, this home has increased in size and style.

Dutch Colonial Porch Add-On

A two-story addition to a Dutch Colonial house includes a new porch that looks like it was part of the original home. White beaded board ceiling makes the space feel bright, while a lattice cutout provides privacy from the neighbors.

New Porch for a Bungalow

The charms of this petite bungalow are hidden in the before photo. Here, it looks like any other house with little interest. A grand porch remodel will do it many favors, starting with exposing that sneaky sunroom. 

New Porch for a Bungalow

The after photo reveals what an enclosed porch can add to a home's exterior beauty and use. The original roofline was untouched, but a porch addition with broad pyramidal columns add vintage-looking support for the ceiling. In this porch design, there is the option to enjoy life in the shade, or step aside and soak in the sun. 

Front Porch Facelift

A 1940s bungalow updated in the 1970s needed another facelift. Being so low to the ground, there is little defining the house from its surroundings. A porch remodel changed all of that. 

Front Porch Facelift

The open porch delivered, with a low-to-ground, casual feel. Dressed up with simple furnishings and a few unfussy containers, the porch fits right in with the home's new modern combination of fiber-cement and board-and-batten siding. Paired with an addition to the house, this porch design seriously upgrades the curb appeal of the home. 

Modern Porch Upgrade

An urban townhouse sheds its 19th-century roots. The before photo shows how desperately it needed fresh front porch ideas, and the results deliver. This makeover proves that even narrow homes can have an expansive outdoor seating area. 

Modern Porch Upgrade

New clean lines and modern metal accents update the look, using bundled-steel columns and wavy metalwork that's sleek and modern. The see-through metal porch railings also allow a clearer view from inside the house. Small front porch ideas like this instantly modernize an older residence. 

Perfect Porch Point of Entry

The before photo shows a classic vaulted portico with no outdoor living space. But an addition of an open porch is the perfect point of entry for ushering guests in with style. A total front porch remodel is just what this home needs to push it past its humdrum looks. 

Perfect Porch Point of Entry

The new porch design adds lots of dimension to this classic home. New landscaping in the yard and furniture on the porch make the entryway the home's strongest visual. The classic columns and porch railings are painted the same white as the house trim, making the addition look like it has been there all along. 

Classic Cape Cod Porch Addition

This house, a classic 1940s Cape Cod, got an Arts and Crafts facelift and the addition of a 32-foot-long front porch. The new space changes the way this family lives and plays in their home. You won't recognize the residence after you see the front porch remodel. 

Classic Cape Cod Porch Addition

White pillars and railings add instant character, and the stone veneer-clad foundation makes the addition look as if it has been there for years. A fresh coat of neutral-colored exterior paint makes this house look less beachy and more a part of the neighborhood. Shaded and unshaded porch areas mean this family can enjoy the outdoors no matter the weather. 

Victorian Farmhouse Porch Addition

An unwelcoming enclosed portico of an 1890's era Victorian farmhouse stops abruptly, leaving little room for porch furniture. The house's exterior is enhanced with a 400-square foot porch addition that opens things up. You'll want to steal this porch design after you see it. 

Victorian Farmhouse Porch Addition

The front porch plans included expanding the tiny patio to wrap around the corner of the house. The railing features intricate balusters that resemble original Victorian millwork, made of high-density urethane that won't need repainting. Now with more than double the outdoor space and added landscaping, this house barely looks the same! 

New Porch, Added Grandeur

A stately home seems closed up and out of touch with the beautiful tree-lined lot. But the after-photo reveals the antidote: an elegant front porch addition that connects the home to the land. See what a little bit of construction work and a fresh coat of paint can do. 

New Porch, Added Grandeur

This porch design has it all, starting with beautiful landscaping that is seamlessly incorporated into the home's exterior. Oversize French doors provide entry. Tall columns set on a bluestone floor complete the picture of elegance.

Porch Revival

Reviving an old porch can also revive the home. The before photo shows a down-on-its-luck porch on a 125-year old Italianate home. Overgrown greenery and faded exterior paint make this place look more suitable for a haunted film. 

Porch Revival

The after photo shows a restored beauty, complete with new paint that enhances the decorative features of this grand home's facade. The two-story porch extends to fit the entire width of the home and finally looks livable. Ornate details on the pillars and windows make this classic home style beautifully thought out. 

Facade Facelift

There's nothing outwardly wrong with this small cottage-like home, but that doesn't mean it can't be better. See how small front porch ideas take this residence to the next level. The new space gives this family more opportunities to enjoy and play in the sun. 

Facade Facelift

The new entrance on this 1896 home features wide steps with a gentle curve to the roof above the pillars. The porch is simply furnished, with just a few chairs and a porch swing. Simple, but perfect, this porch design proves that it doesn't take much to change your home. 

Wrap-around Front Porch

A Cape Cod home gets a big upgrade with the addition of a wrap-around front porch. In the before picture, the front yard has little to be desired. Stunning front porch designs save this house and instantly upgrade the curb appeal.  

Wrap-around Front Porch

By extending the roofline along the front and side of the house, the porch addition adds both square feet and additional use to the front of their home, not to mention street-side charm. Foregoing any railing lets neighbors see onto the porch and shows off the picturesque rocking chairs. We can see the owners now, rocking away and sipping on sweet iced tea. 

Pretty Porch Architectural Upgrade

A ho-hum Colonial was devoid of architectural detail. A porch addition fixed that. In the before picture, you can see the house had potential for a great outdoor gathering area; a front porch remodel made it all possible. 

Pretty Porch Architectural Upgrade

Lush landscaping and a flagstone walkway invite passersby to admire the home's shady porch. The deep patio area is wide enough to fit several furniture pieces, perfect for family gatherings. White trim on the railing and columns tie the design in with the rest of the home. 

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