Wrap Around Porches
A Touch of Elegance for Your New Home
Built In Benefits and Available Options
Looking to add a touch of elegance to your new home? A wrap around porch could be the in-feature you are looking for.
The popularity of wrap around front porches is increasing among new home builders, and the reasons why are easy to understand.
A sunrise view in the morning and sunset view at night
All day comfort, in your choice of sun or shade
Social and entertainment space
Additional living space
Outdoor furniture, hammocks, rocking chairs or swings, provide added relaxation
There are many different types of wrap around porches.
Wrap-around porches can be two, three, or four sided to wrap partially or wholly around the house.
Wrap-around porches can also be broken into multiple sections by adding several access points from alcoves in the home.
Two story porches, attached walkways, attached gazebos, and outdoor staircases leading from ground level to the porch or from different porch levels are also build options.
Before choosing your porch plan, take into consideration the amount of space around your new home, which can determine how large the porch can be.
Will trees be in the way and need to be removed?
Is there enough yard space to accommodate the extra width without encroaching required setbacks?
Porch style can also vary widely, depending on the style of home. You should always choose a floor plan before adding a wrap around porch.
Do you want the porch to have rounded corners or traditional 90 degree angles?
What type of flooring and hand railing materials are appropriate?
What types of columns, balusters, or posts are appropriate, given the style of the home?
Do you want running trim or molding?
Wrap around porch build cost varies depending on:
- Total square footage of porch space
- Type of porch surface (can be concrete, wood, brick, slate, tile, or other flooring surface)
- Type of railings
- Type of support pillars (Hand built Craftsman stone columns are the most expensive, basic 4x4 support post are least expensive, with a wide range of options between)
- Type of roof (standing seam metal, rounded, copper, dimensional shingles)
- Height from the ground
There are other practical factors you need to take into consideration once you decide to build a home with a wrap-around porch.
It may be necessary to add electrical outlets for laptops, music players, or other electronics.
Wireless internet must encompass the porch area.
Built-in Lighting and ceiling fans, if desired, should be planned during framing and electrical rough in stages.
Wrap around porches are usually found in custom home neighborhoods.
Depending on the style and features, a wrap around front porch can add $5-15K or more to the cost of your new home. Talk to your custom home builder about what it will take to bring home your new wrap around porch.
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