At The Porch Specialist, we are proud to offer our customers a variety of kits to turn into open front porches and back porches. With years of experience behind us in manufacturing a range of designs and ideas, we’re also fully prepared to offer suggestions for open porch ideas when our customers just can’t decide what to do with their new installations.

Read on to find out more about what you could do with an open porch installed on your property, or get in touch with us if you already know what you’d like to do and just need the porch to complete the look of your home.

Beautiful front entrance of Southern home with open porch.

Open Porch Design Ideas

Porches in the UK can come in a wide range of styles and designs, and choosing the right one for your home is key to applying all your planned ideas once the extension has been built. By exploring the gable end, hip roof, and lean-to designs that we have for open porches here, you may just find the design that suits your home entirely.

These porch designs can easily be installed over any front or back door; all you need to do is decide which looks best for your chosen space.

Open Porch Decorating Ideas

Whether your porch is a large, open lean-to, or just a small, gable end canopy for keeping the rain off your front door, you will have a range of options for decorating your porch as you see fit. Each of these ideas can then be mixed and matched, so the end result offers you the picture-perfect aesthetic you’ve been imagining for your property. 

Large timber framed porches, for example, can offer you a great seating area when installed at the back of your property. You’ll be able to sit and admire your garden with an unrestricted view, no matter if you’re keeping out of the sun or need a place to keep the rain off. 

On the other hand, if you’re looking at small porches for your property, you might decide to frame the front or back door with some garden statues or potted plants. These embellishments are bound to bring charm to your home, and can often add that little bit of extra curb appeal.

Painting Your Open Porch

One of the first decorative ideas you may consider once your open porch has been installed is matching it to the rest of your property. In some cases, this may mean painting your porch. If your back or front porch design is mostly wood (as opposed to another material like brick), this should be straightforward to achieve. All you will need to do is select the colour you like best and apply the coats to get the look you want.

Some properties, particularly newer red brick builds or older homes, can also look stylish if you choose to leave your timber frames unpainted. However, you may also decide to varnish the wood, so it will be kept in its best condition for a long time to come. This will also keep the timber looking bright and help it to keep the natural colour you loved from the start.

Open Porch Lighting Ideas

If you have experience in wiring and electrical work, or even if you are an electrician by trade, you may wish to install lighting in your open porch. Whether you have a small oak porch, or even a larger design made entirely of brick, it can offer greater security for your home and may even offer an aesthetically pleasing view at night.

An open front porch with its own outside light can save any homeowner time and trouble when looking for the key to unlock the door in the dark. Having a light may also deter potential intruders, as they are more likely to be seen looking at your home if they get too close. If you have a pet who likes to wander outside and you have a light positioned over your porch, you may also be able to see when they’re ready to come in.

If you’re only looking for a small open porch to act as a decorative feature for your property, you might also choose to enhance the visual appeal more by hanging up string lights.

open porch lighting ideas with string garland lights

Open Porch Storage Ideas

While an enclosed porch may offer you a better solution for storing small items such as coats, bags, and shoes, an open porch can still make a great storage space for larger or less personal items. For example, if you’re planning to build an open front porch, you might decide to use it as a safe option for couriers and postal workers to leave packages and parcels if no one is home.

If you’d like to add an open porch to the back of your house, it can also come in useful for storing items such as toys, bikes, and kids’ scooters. With our unpredictable (and often rainy) weather in the UK, it can even make a great space for taking off shoes and coats without getting your kitchen or living room dirty. These items can then be kept out the back until they’ve dried and are ready to be cleaned.

Keeping Your Open Porch Private and Secure

While having an open porch allows you the best view of your front or back garden, it is also possible that you may feel overlooked by neighbouring properties. Keeping your property comfortably private and secure will always be a priority if you’re a homeowner, so installing a screened porch may offer you the best of both worlds. By doing this, you’ll be able to look across your outdoor space without feeling like you’re being watched in return. 

A screened porch may also let in more light than an enclosed porch made of wood or brick, though it may not offer as much light as a fully open design.

Furnished Open Porch with Screen

By choosing to install a larger, more open porch for your property, you may also be providing yourself with an extra outside space for entertaining your friends and family, or for carrying out hobbies and for storing things that your children would normally use outside. If the space is large enough, you may consider adding in a table and some seating, either so that you can sit and chat with guests while admiring your garden, or so you can make the most of warmer weather when it arrives by sitting outside with a book or a craft project. 

A larger back porch in particular may also be the perfect place to store children’s toys, such as bikes and scooters, when they’re not in use.

Plan Out Your Perfect Open Porch Ideas Today

No matter if you’re looking for the ideal cover for your back door, where your kids can put their muddy shoes after being out in the garden, or even if you need a wide-open and welcoming feature to greet guests at the front door, The Porch Specialist will have the solution.

By ordering one of our ready-made or bespoke porch kits anywhere in the UK, you’ll soon be receiving everything you need to put your porch ideas together. Every idea you’ve had can go into the finished product, whether you’d prefer a gable end canopy or a bespoke lean-to. As you’ll be in charge of the build as soon as the kits have been signed off and delivered to your door, you’ll even get to decide when the work is done.

We’re also proud to be a price-competitive firm, so we’ll do everything we can to ensure your perfect porch stays budget-friendly. Get in touch with us today and we can start going over the specifications to make this happen as soon as possible.

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