Adding A Front Porch

Posted on: 25 August 2016

Unless you belong to an older generation, you may never have enjoyed a front porch. They are more than a simple home addition; the front porch is a place to relax, visit with neighbors, and get a breath of fresh air. If you screen it in, you can enjoy the outdoors without fighting off flies and mosquitoes as well. Even if you think a front porch would be an enjoyable addition to your home, you may wonder if having one built is a good financial investment. If you approach the project correctly, a front porch can add value to your home.

Size and Style

Outdoor remodeling projects tend to give you a higher return than many indoor projects. If you and your contractor plan well, you should be able to recoup up to 75% of your investment when you sell your home. In addition, a porch can make your home more attractive to potential buyers, particularly if it adds significant room to your home. Experts recommend that you focus more on adding space than making your front porch fancy. Utility over extravagance will also cost you less, making it more likely that you will get a greater return on your money. 

Deck Upgrade

If you already have a deck, converting it to a porch can also add value to your home. Potential buyers see a porch as additional living space, but they do not see a deck in the same way. The cost of the remodel will be less than starting a porch from scratch, but you should expect to see a similar return on your investment. 

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal may be an overused term, but the concept is sound. If your home looks inviting and stands out in a good way from its neighbors, you will have more buyers interested in it. If the facade of your home is not particularly interesting, adding a porch may give it a needed dose of pizzazz. Of course, while you are still living in your home, you can enjoy the improved look yourself. 

Adding a porch to your home is a practical investment. If you plan wisely, your porch will add resale value to your home. Perhaps more importantly, your family will enjoy the additional space. The front porch has long provided comfort and enjoyment to families. Talk to a remodeling contractor like Creative Design Home Improvement about your options for adding a screened in porch to your property.