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How much does decorative lattice cost?
The cost of decorative lattice varies depending upon several factors, including the material, size, quality, and where you purchase it.
Here are some general price ranges for different types of lattice.
Wood lattice: Wood lattice is often the most affordable option. Prices typically range from $30 to $90 per 4’x8’ sheet, depending on the wood species and quality.
Vinyl lattice: Vinyl lattice is a durable and low-maintenance option. Prices for vinyl lattice panels generally range from $30 to $240 per 4’x8’ panel.
cPVC lattice: cPVC lattice, like Trex® Lattice™, offers increased durability and resistance to moisture and tends to be more expensive, ranging from $110 to $750 per 4’x8’ panel. The increased price is offset by easy maintenance and long-lasting durability.
Aluminum lattice: These decorative lattice panels are the most expensive. Prices range from $500 to $2000+ for custom designs.
How do you add lattice to an existing deck?
Determine the amount of lattice material needed by measuring the length and height of the sections where you intend to install the material.
Clear any debris or obstacles from the area where you plan to attach the lattice. Ensure the surface is clean and free of any loose or protruding nails or screws.
If you do not have existing support posts or framing to attach the lattice, you may need to install them at regular intervals along the edge of the deck where you plan to attach the lattice.
Cut and trim the lattice panels to the desired size. Measure and mark the panels accurately before cutting to ensure a proper fit.
Position the lattice panels against the deck’s support posts or existing framework. Use stainless steel screws or nails to secure the lattice to the posts or framework. Be mindful of maintaining consistent spacing between the lattice strips or patterns.
Trim any excess lattice material to ensure a clean or uniform appearance. Sand the cut edges of the lattice to smooth them out, if needed. Additionally, consider adding a decorative trim around the edges of the lattice for a polished look.
If you’re unsure about any aspect of the installation process, it is recommended that you see professional assistance or guidance from a qualified deck builder.
What is the purpose of attaching lattice, or deck skirting, to a deck?
Lattice is often used as a decorative element to enhance the overall visual appeal of a deck. It adds a touch of elegance and can complement the architectural style of the surrounding structures. Lattice allows for improved airflow under the deck, which helps prevent moisture buildup and promotes better ventilation. This is particularly beneficial in regions with high humidity or areas where air circulation is important.
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Porch Skirting Mistakes – Old House Guy
by Ken Roginski
Porch skirting mistakes – the lattice under porch is an important component of your porch design.
This is an area today where many mistakes are made. Learn how to recognize and avoid porch lattice mistakes.
See some other porch skirting ideas too. So read on to get the best curb appeal for your home.
The area under the front porch (or mud room) is referred to as a Porch Skirt or Porch Apron.
The porch fascia board or skirt board directly under the porch floor, transitions the porch to the porch skirt.
The porch skirt, like the foundation, visually anchors the house to the ground.
The foundation appears strong since it supports the full house and is composed of stone, brick, or decorative concrete block. The porch is a lighter appearing structure and therefore has a lighter feeling base – the porch skirting.
Besides being a decorative element on a house, the porch skirt serves a very important purpose to provide ventilation and prevent leaves and debris from entering under the porch. Good ventilation will add years to the life of a porch floor exposed to the weather. Without this moisture will rise from the ground and be trapped rotting out the floor from beneath.
We will discuss various porch skirting ideas later. The most common porch skirting is lattice. Unfortunately this is an area that many homeowners neglect. Unconcerned with the appearance, they attempt to take the easy way out. This mistake results in a capital T for Trashy! So read on and learn how to make your porch skirt add beauty to your home.
Lattice Under Porch – What Size?
Porch lattice is constructed of long wood slats crossing over each other. The spacing of each slat determines the size opening or hole.
When using lattice under porch, the first issue is the size of the holes in the lattice design. The type of porch lattice most homeowners are using today have holes that are entirely too large. The size of the holes are really very important. Too small and it looks optically strange and make you dizzy. Too large and it appears too bold and attracts your attention.
When looking at a house, your attention should be attracted by the porch entrance. The porch skirt should NOT be the focal point of your house or jump out at you for attention. Unfortunately this happens a lot today. Don’t believe me, drive around and see how your eyes are attracted to that white shinny plastic lattice with giant holes.
Do NOT USE:
Lattice with giant sized (2.75 x 2. 75 inch) size holes sold as Garden Lattice – this is too large and bold looking. This is what most homeowners are using and it looks absolutely awful. In addition the large openings allow leaves and debris to enter beneath your porch.
Do NOT USE:
Lattice with holes that are too small. How small is small? I have seen ¾ x ¾ inch size and that is absolutely too small. They appear like hundreds of pin-holes and play visual games with your eyes.
Lattice with small holes are sold as Privacy Lattice. Lattice labeled as “Privacy” may or may not work depending on the size of the holes.
Color also plays an important part. The holes are much more noticeable when the lattice is painted white. Porch lattice is ten time more noticeable when it is made of shiny white plastic.
- Use wood pressure-treated lattice
- 1 to 1.75 inch wide holes (larger lattice panels can lean toward the 1. 75 inch hole)
- Wood slats that are 1.5 inches wide and .25 inches thick
- horizontal-vertical is more historically correct but diagonal is acceptable.
Pressure treated wood lattice, 1″x1″ size holes and 3″ wood frame.
Pressure treated wood lattice. 3/4″ x 3/4″ holes and 3″ wood frame.
Although both of the examples above of lattice under porch are constructed of wood, the example on the right with 3/4 inch openings, appears too small. The openings seem like small dots from the street and may not provide sufficient ventilation.
Where to Purchase Good Lattice
Update: It is getting extremely difficult to find wood lattice. Home Depot’s no longer carry it nor can you order it from them. Call your local lumber yard and see if you can order it. Also try places that make custom fences. Otherwise you may want to choose a different style or construct it yourself. Here is a video, although not the correct design but a good idea of what you would need to do. Lattice video
A close option although not the traditional dimensions can be found here at Woodway Products.
Another place is Do It Best Hardware .
If anyone finds a manufacturer, please let me know https://www.oldhouseguy.com/contact-us/
Update Update: I have found lattice that is almost exactly what I recommend. Instead of pressure treated it is cedar that is used for the top section of a fence. It is a bit thicker at 5/8 and stronger and costs $122 for a 4×8 panel. You should be able to get the straight lattice also or just rotate the diagonal. I was not able to get the supplier information you you can try your luck at http://taylorfencenj.com/
Wood Lattice versus Plastic Lattice
We all would like to save trees and save ourselves some maintenance, but choosing plastic lattice over wood lattice is NOT the way to go. Real (pressure-treated) wood lattice, is composed of wood slats that are about 1.5 inches wide and .25 inches thick that cross over the top of a second layer of slats going in the opposite direction.
The shiny plastic lattice sold is not lattice but merely one sheet of super thin (1/16 inch) plastic with diamond shaped holes punched out. The plastic is etched with a fake grain to look like wood slats to fool you. Funny that real painted wood does not have this fake grain although most people still fall for this trick. There are no shadow lines with plastic lattice of course. It looks cheap because it is cheap. Offering this product to the homeowner in stores should be insulting but there seems to be a lot of simple minded people that don’t have a clue.
A 1 inch square hole in wood lattice will look quite different in plastic because of tighter spacing between holes. The slat width for wood is 1.25 to 1.5 inches while the slat for plastic is 1 inch.
Plastic lattice is merely a sheet of plastic with holes cut out. There are grooves to simulate wood for those that don’t know any better.
Wood lattice is composed of wood slats. Notice the shadows and texture.
If you really must choose the plastic lattice, you can paint it (usually the base color of your house or a dark color) and it will look a bit better.
Diagonal or diamond lattice under porch is commonly used, but square lattice having slats that go up-and-down, or other patterns of design can be used.
You can easily make your own. First construct a frame, and then create your own pattern with slats of wood.
If you construct your own square lattice instead of diamond, be sure the vertical slats are in the front of the horizontal slats.
The vertical slats take precedence since they follow the upward flow of the building.
Square lattice was actually more popular. On this circa 1880’s house the lattice strips are 1 5/8″ wide and the opening is 2″ wide.
Your Porch Skirt Must be Framed
Porch skirts, porch lattice and practically everything in architecture must have punctuation. There must be a visual beginning and end. If not it looks like a mistake – something trying to, but not succeeding to blend into the surrounding area. It looks like it does not belong there.
The porch skirt – porch lattice should always sit inside a frame (Do not let the bottom of the frame touch the ground, otherwise you run the risk of rot and termites). The width of the frame should be about 3 to 5 inches depending on the height of the porch etc. The frame should be proportional to the size of the skirting.
If there is a wide distance between piers, consider separating one lattice panel into two or add a piece of the frame wood in the center. Just because you can buy or make a large porch skirt panel doesn’t mean it will look right.
Some porches are low to the ground – sometimes with only several inches of clearance. For this situation you have to make a judgment call. In this case choose the smaller 1×1 inch hole lattice. Make a frame at least 1. 5 inch wide (slat width).
The lattice is attached to the back of this frame. This frame then sits between the piers (stone, brick, or concrete block column supports) and just behind the (skirt board) porch fascia board.
The top of the lattice frame will fit and be held in right behind the porch fascia board. The sides of the frame will be flush or slightly back from the piers. The bottom of the frame can rest on a few bricks to keep the wood off the ground.
Each lattice panel may hold in place on its own, but securing them with screws would help. Don’t forget to make one or two removable for access under the porch. Some people use hinges. If you use hinges, make sure the panel swings back under the porch for the panel should sit behind the fascia board not even with it. If so you will lose the shadow line.
Attaching the Lattice Panel to the Pier
Lattice sits under porch floor fascia and slightly set back from piere.
A piece of wood is attached to the pier. The lattice frame is then screwed into the piece of wood.
Your Porch Floor is Angled for Water Run-off
Directly under your porch floor is a fascia board. That board is apx. 8 inches wide. The porch skirt panels fit underneath that board. Since the porch floor is angled for water run-off the shape of the fascia board will be in the shape of a trapezoid. The bottom of the board has to be level and the top of the board follows the pitch of the floor.
Porch skirt panel is square. Fascia board above is level on the bottom and pitched to the floor on top.
Angled Porch Skirting for Sloped Property
If your property is at an angle this is what you should follow.
Access Panel for Storage Under Your Porch
Always have a way to get under your porch that is easy. You really don’t want to have to unscrew any skirt panels. You have enough work keeping up with an older home. Most homes originally had one skirt panel with hinges. The hinges were applied to the face of the porch floor fascia board and to the frame of the lattice panel. The result is a flat look while the other panels are set back.
For me I lined the dirt with bricks so the panel can rest on bricks and not dirt. Then I just insert the panel. The top of the lattice frame tucks under the porch floor fascia board so it will not fall out.
This video should help.
On my house originally there were hinges on the top of the frame. To get under the porch, a hinged skirt panel was pushed inward and then the bottom of the panel was hooked up above – under the porch floor.
Here is another access panel design.
The access panel to the right lacks the nice shadow-line the panel to the left has. This panel opens by unscrewing the two blocks of wood. This is ok but you can do better. (ignore the black color)
Curb Appeal and Your Porch
A front porch is a focal point on a home and it is important to understand and follow these guidelines here.
Allow your home to be aesthetically pleasing, and the law of attraction will spread through your neighborhood and beautify the area where you live.
If a house is allowed to slowly lose its aesthetic charm, this too will spread. Good neighbors will move as a re-muddled neighborhood attracts the folks below.
Here is some info from The Old House Journal. Click here for lattice and porch skirt info and scroll to page 193.
Don’t let your porch skirt look like this!
They’re moving to your neighborhood.
Neighbors with an ugly porch.
Read on to give your house the best curb appeal possible to attract good neighbors!
Porch Piers and Column Supports
All porches have either stone, brick, or concrete blocks set into the ground to support the porch floor. The porch floor then supports the porch columns or porch posts which support the porch roof. These columns or posts are perfectly lined up with the piers below.
These piers/column supports may or may not be PHYSICALLY visible but MUST be architecturally visible. Let me explain.
Aside from their structural purpose. there is also a visual requirement.
To be aesthetically correct, the column/post that is supporting your porch roof needs to be visibly supported by a porch pier or a vertical panel directly below.
The base of the column or post must not be larger than the width of the pier. The pier can be wider than the column or porch post it is supporting however.
If the pier is hidden behind a lattice panel your inner mind will interpret this as unpleasing. There could be a steel girder supporting the porch but your mind needs to visualize a structural support. Click here to learn about the psychology of architecture .
The following image is an example of what to never never do.
Although the house looks good, it is evident that some homeowners do not care or think about their porch skirting. Bad lattice, lack of framing, and hidden piers, have a bad impact on curb appeal.
Tacky porch lattice is the focal point of this house.
This lattice has a house attached to it! It actually appears like a dust ruffle for a bed. It looks cheap and sloppy. I would imagine the homeowners are also cheap and sloppy looking.
Never cover up the column supports unless there are vertical wood panels to show that support!
Porch skirting is Corrected Graphically
The next two photos show how properly designed porch skirting can improve the appearance of this house.
The following modifications were performed graphically. We can do this for your house too!
Framed lattice and exposed brick piers. This very important feature provides a strong visual base for the house and support for the columns.
The brick was manufactured in the next town in a factory that closed down in the 1920’s. This old unpainted brick has a great patina that deserves to be shown.
The porch lattice is now framed with a 3 inch wide wood border which provides a nice crisp looking shadow-line.
However – the large openings in the lattice create a heavy feel and detract from the house. They need to be toned down.
Plastic large hole lattice is replaced with 1.5″ x 1.5″ wood lattice painted the base color of the house. The porch skirting now gives this house curb appeal.
Notice that your eyes are first attracted to the porch columns and balustrades and not immediately to the lattice below. Compare the photos and see the difference.
An Option to Exposed Porch Piers
We discussed the important role porch piers play in the architectural beauty of a house. However, piers should not always be exposed.
Victorian homes built prior to the Colonial Revival rage mostly had posts instead of columns. These posts are much narrower than a column and piers are (should be for support) much wider than a post. To avoid the look of a pier much wider than a porch post, a vertical board is used as a pier cover.
This pier cover board must match the width of the porch column or post at its base just like the piers – never smaller.
In the historic image to the right, notice the vertical board below the porch post.
In this design it also doubles as part of the frame.
The face of this board is even with the porch fascia board.
Historic porch skirting with vertical boards under porch posts.
Notice the porch skirt. Do not pay attention to the ugly railing.
Ignore the ugly railing in the photo above but notice the porch skirt. This house did not have a porch. A professional constructed this porch and look at the awful work he did. He had no clue about design.
The image to the right was graphically corrected only by adding vertical boards in the correct places. You now get a feeling of structure. Framing the lattice and replacing the plastic with wood lattice would make more of an improvement.
Here is another example where the carpenter fixed the porch skirt.
Round porch skirt without pier covers.
This is how the porch skirt should look. The pier covers give a nice finished appearance.
Here is an example of skirting for a low porch height.
The porch above is only two steps high. The porch fascia board, porch column panels, and lattice frame, are all combined to appear as one piece. This provides a nice clean look when space is limited.
Square lattice and diamond lattice constructed of wood were commonly used historically.
However, there are many more historic options for porch skirting. Below are some examples.
One option is to use sawn balusters in place of lattice. Although designed to be used as balusters, they were more commonly used for porch skirting in the midwest.
The following are some samples from various catalogs etc. Some are from a 1903 Millwork catalog and a 1910 Sears Building catalog .
1880’s porch skirt
Diamonds instead of squares and a routed edge adds a nice touch.
The porch skirting is important to the overall appearance of your house. Today it is too often forgotten about and with modern landscaping, hidden behind shrubs.
For a more authentic appearance, keep plantings to a minimum. Stick with corner plantings and allow your house to display itself as it was meant to.
Notice the frame is flush with the fascia board. This is because there are hinges to open this for storage. The shadow line is therefore lost.
Not as simple as it looks. Each vertical piece has an angled foot at each end. Sorry I was not able to get a close-up.
This porch skirt is from a 1912 Foursquare. Sorry about the messy growth.
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Filling the porch openings and installing the elegans decorative grille on the concrete retaining wall
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Plastic decorative grille “Elegance” can be used not only as a traditional fence for a country house or townhouse. The versatility of the design makes it possible to manufacture various finishing elements from the fencing module. The most common solution is to finish the openings of outdoor verandas, gazebos and patios. The photo shows a completed project in a townhouse village in the Moscow Region. The openings of the porch of the residential building are filled with a decorative PVC grating, the supporting metal supporting pillars of the canopy are protected from corrosion and decorated with plastic pillars, into which the longitudinal logs of the lattice fencing are cut.
At the same time, at the facility, work was carried out to install a facade fence “Elegance” DP601 140 cm high on the concrete retaining wall already existing at the facility. Bearing PVC pillars are installed on a concrete base using metal rack-brackets , which made it possible to quickly install the facade fence without the use of expensive diamond drilling of the strip foundation.
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Porch Ideas: Design Design
House Entrance Design
Looking at the facade of a private house, the first thing that everyone notices is how its main entrance is decorated. This gives a general impression not only about the exterior of the home, but also about the tastes of its owner. The article will tell you what ideas for the porch you can use when decorating your home.
Contents of the article
- Why build a porch
- Porch Shape Ideas
- Design Challenges
- How to Choose a Porch Idea
- Simple and Tasteful Porch Design 900 28
- Tiling stairs
Why build a porch
A porch is a structure that is equally necessary for a wooden hut and a Victorian mansion.
At the same time, in addition to the obvious aesthetic properties, the porch in your house solves a lot of other important tasks, which can be seen in the table:
Provide space connection – external and internal
| The porch is a transition zone between the street and the interior of the house, providing a smooth transition from the open landscape to the closed interior.
Climbing up the porch, a person, while still on the street, actually enters the territory of the house.
To be a climate buffer
|The porch partially protects the entrance to the house from the wind and the scorching sun, creates a transitional microclimate at the entrance to the dwelling.|
Shelter from the rain
| Often the porch has a canopy that covers the entrance from rain, hail and snow. Here you can:
Protect from dirt
| The porch helps reduce the amount of dirt and debris brought in from the street. A porch shoe rack and step mats keep shoes clean with every step.
A floor-mounted heating cable covered with concrete or tiles, or anti-ice for the porch, help the surface dry out faster and prevent snow from accumulating in winter.
When located next to the porch of the technical shower, you can wash dirty shoes or dog paws.
Store dirty and damp shoes, baskets, buckets and other items
| In addition to storing shoes, you can take off your forest outerwear here to check it for ticks, and then put it away in a specially equipped closet.
Make a porch for a change house to store garden or garden utensils here.
|The porch is an important and effective element of the composition, enriching the building. The structure draws the attention of a person to the entrance, determines its location.|
Orient the entrance to the house
| If there is a complex site layout or renovation, a porch can help adjust the orientation of the entrance to the building. With the help of a porch, it can be turned, for example, towards a wider space, towards the entrance to the site, creating a more convenient zone for entering the dwelling, while maintaining the location of the front door and not changing the internal layout of the house.
The porch can be built on two sides, making the entrance from the side of the entrance to the territory of the site, and from the side of the garden.
Highlight the style of the house
|Decorative items such as: porch railings; railing bars; lamps; columns for the porch, can emphasize the style features of the building and garden.|
Organize seasonal decor
|The porch can be decorated with flowers in spring and summer, fruits grown on your site and fallen yellow leaves in autumn, berries, wreaths and garlands in winter. This is a great place for the creativity of parents with children who will gladly show their imagination and decorate the house with them.|
Decorate with plants
|Flowers can be arranged in boxes on railings or hung between planter supports. On the porch, you can “walk” indoor plants, which are easily brought back into the house when it gets cold. A light “Mediterranean” touch is created by flowers located in pots on the stairs. And by replacing the flowers with spicy aromatic herbs, you can get additional protection against mosquitoes.|
|Lights on the porch look very expressive, besides they provide a person with comfort and safety. At the same time, you can place wall sconces on the sides of the front door or illuminate this area with hanging shades. A porch or stair side support can be used to mount the luminaire. To prevent the lighting from being turned on all the time, you should install a motion sensor, and to turn on the light in the evening and turn it off in the morning, install a timer or light sensor.|
Ideas for the shape of the porch
To choose the right shape of the porch, which can be very diverse, you need to consider:
- Stylistic and decorative features of the house;
- Site layout;
- Functional design tasks.
The traditional porch is a covered area in front of the entrance to the house, with several steps. However, there are many variations of this design.
This could be:
- Projecting porch. This is a traditional structure that protrudes beyond the main building. Usually it is a gable, sloping or tented canopy, supported by carved pillars for the porch or simple products from any material. The staircase to it is located on one or both sides at the same time, goes directly to the front door or serves to transfer the entrance by turning it. The canopy, pillars and balustrade are a space for decoration and creative experimentation using carving and coloring;
- Porch-gallery along the perimeter of the whole house . The protruding porch, expanding, can occupy the entire facade and turn into a gallery. Such an arrangement is convenient to use from the south side in the south: the covered gallery will be able to protect the interior from the penetration of sunlight during the hottest hours of the day. And the gallery itself will be a great place to relax, where you can install chairs and even a hammock with a swing;
- Porch leading to a wide terrace . At the same time, from the porch you can immediately get into the house or onto the terrace with a seating area or a summer dining room. From the side of the terrace, you can organize an additional entrance to the building to get directly into the living room or kitchen or go down to the garden;
- Porch in a niche. This is a very expressive porch layout that is more suitable for stone architecture. At the same time, the porch seems to be buried in the volume of the house and is a niche where the front door is located. This arrangement is convenient, in the absence of sufficient space in front of the building for a projecting porch.
Tip: If the porch opens directly onto the street, its entrance should be covered with a beautiful decorative grille.
- Corner porch. With this arrangement, the design looks impressive and convenient enough for planning. In this case, the exit can be made on two sides of the building or a solid corner staircase can be installed. Such a porch can be protruding and recessed, which is open on both sides.
- Porch located on the second floor . There are houses, the entrance to which is located on the second floor:
- On the ground floor – garage or workshop.
- In areas with a large difference in relief.
- If you need a second independent entrance to a separate part of the house. In this case, the main element will be a staircase, which is decorated with all sorts of options. Particular attention should be paid to its convenience – the height and width of the steps, the ergonomics of the railing, protection from rain and snow.
- Porch with an upper terrace — allows you to place an open loggia on the second floor, for which the porch will become the base;
- Cantilever awnings. This is a small, simple cantilever canopy above the entrance that can even be a simple fabric awning. Such a canopy is attached to the facade without additional supports. The design price is small, which allows it to be used for small summer houses and baths;
- Porch lower than ambient level . Sometimes the porch is below the space that surrounds it. This is possible if there is a relief area or if the entrance goes through the basement. So that the entrance is not flooded during rain, drainage is needed. In this case, a porch grating is installed at the base of the stairs. It can be located in the center of the site, if there is an appropriate slope to the drain.
Tip: When choosing the shape, type of placement of the porch and its decor, you must remember that the building meets you and guests at the entrance to the house, gives a piece of comfort to the home, softly and comfortably combines it with the surrounding space.
The architecture of a porch for a house, cottage or office consists of several elements:
- Canopy protecting the building from precipitation;
- Safety railing;
- Playgrounds, additional functional space outside the door of the building;
- Stairs to the platform, for easy entry.
All these details together should be a single beautiful composition, combining the stylistic solution of the design of the main building, and harmoniously linking it with the landscape of the entire site, decorating the house at the same time. The topical issue is the correct connection of these architectural elements into a single beautiful picture, when each detail of the design complements each other, creates an impeccable exterior of the building.
What other ideas you can choose for your porch will tell the video in this article.
How to choose a porch idea
Before choosing a design for your porch, you need to decide whether:
- It is in the same direction as the main building;
- The interior of the building has its own style;
- The design of the porch has something in common with the design of the site. A competent implementation of this idea will create the impression that the house and the yard are an indivisible part of a single structure.
To combine structures, you need to consider a number of connecting elements. In this case:
- It is enough to have only one common detail in the design so that there is harmony in the exterior;
- “Dilute” a heavy log house with a massive roof by arranging beautiful, openwork and light balusters for the porch;
- To preserve airiness, beauty and lightness, when making a porch made of heavy materials, a combination of chipped brick, stone and forged elements will allow;
- The combination of stone and metal is always difficult, but with a beautiful, subtle forging pattern and a transparent polycarbonate canopy, it destroys the impression of heaviness;
- The combination of the same materials, you can decorate with your own hands the railing and the frame of the canopy, made of thicker rods, with a denser pattern.
Porch Design – Simple and Tasteful
Tip: To create a beautiful front porch design, it should be done in the same style as the exterior of the main building.
In order to correctly fit the porch as harmoniously as possible into the overall picture, you need to follow some tricks:
- The easiest way is to paint the elements in the same color, or use the same geometric shapes when decorating. The photo clearly shows how these techniques work when finishing a plastered building and a painted porch;
- An equally effective method is to literally “dissolve” the details of the extension in the facade decoration elements. For example, gray concrete steps can almost merge with the plinth of the house, while the canopy repeats the beautiful brickwork, in which the layers protrude from the vertical plane. The general background of the bulky design is diluted with metal, with elegant lace, forged railings, which gives the structure originality and sophistication;
- You can decorate the entrance group and the windows of the building in the same style. The price of this method is quite high, but it is an effective method to break the geometry and space, which will change the appearance of the building beyond recognition.
- A beautiful finish of wooden columns with simple carved elements can radically change the look of a house. This will give the porch expressiveness and brightness.
Stairs are a very important part of the porch in your home. The best ideas are decorating it with natural stone, you can use special slabs for the porch, which can be granite, rubble stone, concrete. A popular way is to tile the stairs. The best option is to use clinker tiles.
- High wear and impact resistance;
- Long service life;
- Low moisture absorption;
- Frost resistance;
- Safety of use – the surface of the coating does not slip.
Clinker Tiled Steps
Original Porch Entrance
Quick Tiling Guide suggests:
- Purchase porch tile adhesive;
- The porch is smeared with glue, and the tile itself.
- When laying the part, it is carefully nailed to the base of the step with a rubber mallet;
- Adhesive mixture for the porch that has come out from the seams, rubbed over.