If you are looking to purchase a home, you’re going to need to know some basic terminology when it comes to the exterior of a home. After all, how are you going to tell your realtor what type of house you want, if you don’t know how to name the different styles? You can’t fumble through Architectural Digest catalogs with your agent. He or she will not look so kindly upon brushing you up on your design lingo. Here are some of the most common porches that you need to be able to notice the characteristics of.
The first style porch is a farmhouse porch. Farmhouse porches are known for their extremely subtle, wrap-around layouts. This style porch was at first created with the sole intent to cool the home’s interior. Farmhouse homes, obviously, are in rural areas where it is very hot. have a wraparound layout, and are very modest. They were first created with the intent to cool the house’s interior, as it was usually very hot. These porches are always very practical and simple.
Don’t expect to ever see a highly ornate or gaudy farmhouse porch. They are famous for opening straight up to the yard, and low, so that you can step right to the side onto the ground. You will almost always see a lattice underneath the house in between the ground and the foundation, usually decorative. Screen porches are popular in farmhouse porches, so it isn’t uncommon to see one of those. Generally, stained or white wicker furniture will be on the porch, and almost always a porch swing.
The next style porch is a Colonial porch. This style porch is very popular and was highly prevalent in the South. Many historic homes are colonial. They have columns on the front of the home that help with the heat. These porches are always very symmetrical. Usually you will see wood or aluminum railings, and herringbone patterns. There is always one main central door on the front porch with two lights on the side for balance. Typically, colonial porches have several ceiling fans, and the ceilings will always be painted light blue. The furniture on colonial porches is always very modest, simple, and clean. You’ll see rocking chairs, settees, and big planters.
Next, you have Queen Anne style homes. Queen Anne porches are notorious for their ornate decoration. As such, you can expect the same from the front porch. Queen Anne style homes were built to impress other people in the neighborhood. There was a certain masonry machine created in the 1800s that made it possible for owners to afford to build such ornate homes, so they did. These porches always have spandrels, friezes, spindle work and finials. You’ll usually see stained glass windows and the roof is generally made of shingles. Queen Anne style porches are generally very spacious, and you’ll usually find wrought iron furniture on the porch.
Lastly, you have bungalows, or, “cottages.” These style homes were made to be affordable. Therefore, they feature porches that open out straight to the garden. These homes were built with the intent to connect with the neighborhood. Therefore, they are very “open,” and spacious. Usually you will see pillars or columns which are always made of brick or wood, and sometimes stone. Earth-tones are always used as the color scheme when it comes to bungalows.