Wrap-Around Porches

By Dan Gregory

Double-decker porches wrap this home (Plan 443-16 by Gulf Coast

Porches that wrap around at least two sides of a house are especially appealing because they offer the potential for a variety of outdoor living experiences. One section can be an open-air living/dining area while another can function as a grilling porch or outdoor kitchen. Or it can provide curb appeal facing the street and a more private relaxation spot along the side yard. Here are some examples to contemplate as you enjoy an early summer barbecue!

In Plan 901-120, shown below, a screen porch wraps the front of the house. 

The floor plan shows how the porch becomes an extension of the rooms adjacent to it -- it also functions as

the transition to the patio a few steps below. In Plan 888-5 by architect Nick Lee the porch 

wraps around almost the entire L-shaped Ranch style home, dramatically expanding the living space. 

While the wrapping porch is a feature of many traditional homes, it can also add

flexibility to modern designs, like Plan 552-6, by ARCH L. A. B., where the flat roof overhangs shade

the zig-zagging corner sitting areas off the master bedroom and the great room.

Customer Story: Porches With Pull!

The wrap-around porch is a very popular feature and often shows up as a part of the search criteria, as exemplified below. Mark Matson, of ACF Tarp and Awning, built Plan 17-1017 in Texas, shown here.

Mark sums up his experience: 
"My wife found the plan on the Internet. We were looking for a Ranch/Farm style house with wrap around porches and a mud room.

Building the plans went pretty smoothly. There was no area provided in drawings for hot water heater for down stairs and we had to modify the linen closet in the hall to accommodate the water heater.  This caused us to lose the linen closet.  We added a bath room upstairs in the bonus room and that worked out well.  We left off the gables on the side for some reason the builder could never explain to me...We elected a backup generator and the plans for it could have been more complete. Over all it went pretty smoothly.


We opened up the passageway between the living room  and dining room and put in an arch.  We have hand scraped oak floor and used a beaded pine plank in the ceiling of the dining/kitchen area. The ceiling is stained. The cabinets are olive green and the island is antiqued white. We have granite counter tops, tumbled marble backsplash, and all stainless appliances. We used Pressed tin as a backsplash in the utility room. The extra bedrooms are stained concrete, the rest of the downstairs is the hand scraped oak.  Everything really looks great."

Thanks, Mark! Here's the house as it nears completion -- that porch already looks like the perfect spot to relax this Independence Day weekend!

To read other customer stories click here. For a collection of Wrap-Around Porch Plans click here.

June 29, 2015