Front porch extension ideas

Enclosed Front Porch

As we live in the United Kingdom, it’s safe to assume that most people will want a covered porch.

Open and screened porches are gorgeous additions in hotter regions of the United States and other countries; however, with so much rain, sleet, and fog in our winters, an open porch would be seldom used outside of summer.

Here are a few ideas for a covered, front porch in the UK, with a number of size and style considerations.

Deck chairs

While beach-style deck chairs might be a little bit kitsch for some people’s tastes, deck chairs refer literally to the act of adding some reclining chairs to your porch.

If you are lucky enough to have a large porch, which can wrap around the front of your property, then you have some room to play with.

Adding large, double-glazed windows to watch out of provides the perfect view to look out over. Wrap-around porches with deck chairs, and maybe even a coffee table for good measure, are perfect for country homes.

Useful storage

If you have minimal space for your porch, you will need to be clever about how you use your storage. Here are a few options to consider:

  • A table with multiple drawers: vertical-stacked drawers provide you with somewhere to hide keys, umbrellas and other front-door essentials.
  • Vertical shoe-racks are an ingenious way of saving space. If you have kids who are prone to chucking their shoes to the side when they get in, then get them into the habit of chucking them into a vertical shoe cabinet instead.
  • Coat pegs: better to opt for pegs rather than a rack when it comes to storing your items.

Add a glass roof

If your reason for adding an extension in the first place is to add a feeling of spaciousness to your home, then there are ways of adding to this using glass.

Opening up the roof of your porch extension by using glass will flood it with light and make it feel even roomier.

A burst of colour

While your porch extension may carry out a very practical purpose, it’s good to ensure that you still maintain at least a little bit of fun and playfulness with how it looks.

An all-white extension could feel Scandinavian and chic, or it could just feel a little too clean and dull.

Adding a coloured wall or pops of vibrancy through your storage features could help it to feel uniquely yours in terms of style.

Double doors

UK Porch with Double Doors

If you want a grand entrance to your home, then double doors could be an intriguing option to think about.

You will need planning permission for anything larger than three square foot of floor space, but if this is something that doesn’t phase you, then two clear double doors could add a bit of a wow-factor to the front of your home.

When it comes to adding a porch extension, have a think about how it will practically function for your home.

You will want to ensure that it can also partially function as a means of storing everyday belongings, as well as being easy on the eye and providing a break from your front door and the outdoors.

Porch extension costs

Porch Extension
Porch Extension

Porch extensions are incredibly appealing for anyone who wants to make life a bit easier for themselves, and even add a bit of kerb appeal.

They’re particularly useful if you’re unlucky enough to live very close to a main road. They provide a bit of visual breathing space when leaving your home and getting ready for the day ahead.

If you’re weighing up the pros and cons of a porch extension, here are some considerations.

Costs

The most important first stage of your front porch planning will be figuring out the cost. You may have some very practical limitations when it comes to the size you can realistically achieve.

You may also be slightly constrained by budget. You should also figure out what you want to be able to fit in your porch. You ideally want to leave room for:

  • A table to put your keys and other knickknacks on
  • A chair or stool to make life comfortable when lacing up your shoes
  • Maybe even some room for shoes or a shoe rack

To fit in a few creature comforts, and enough room to grab your coats and bags, the estimated ideal size is a minimum of 1.2 meters up to 3 meters. The minimum size would cost you around £3,500, which equates to just over £1,000 per square metre.

This makes the assumption that you have it made with a concrete floor, a brick bade and double-glazed windows. Cutting down on these costs is never recommended.

Will I need to factor in planning permission?

uPVC Porch

Whether or not you will need planning permission depends entirely on the size of the porch and the nature of the building you are attaching it to. Here are some reasons you might want to factor in the price of planning permission:

  • Your home is a listed building: unfortunately, if your building is listed, then you will absolutely need planning permission from your local council. It’s hard to give an estimate for this, as this will almost certainly vary depending on where you live in the country.
  • Even if you aren’t lucky enough to live in an older, listed building, you may still need if the floor area is larger than three square metres.
  • If the porch is within two metres of a public path or boundary.
  • If the height goes above 3 metres.

These regulations may seem quite tough, but the more you add to the height and width of your porch, the more likely you are to start encroaching on public space, and maybe even view from your neighbours’ homes.

If you are worried about this, then just contact your local council for more information.

The nice aspect of saving up for a porch extension is that, by most extensions’ standards, they’re quite affordable.

They provide warmth and space when you’re getting ready to leave the home, and they may even boost the curb appeal of your home if you live close to a busy road.

Be sure, though, to contact your local council if you live close to a main road and plan to build near to it.