If you're building a new home, you may want to consider adding a front porch. This is a feature that was incredibly popular before World War II, but has since disappeared from the design a bit. However, the front porch is making a comeback as organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity create entire neighborhoods with front porches designed into every home.
Why Should you Consider a Front Porch?
The recent surveys of homeowners have made it pretty clear that walkability is important in the community they call home. Many are becoming sick of depending on cars to get everywhere and they also enjoy the possibility of meeting and seeing neighbors often.
A front porch not only allows for more friendly exchanges, but it also allows for a place to enjoy time together. This used to be a place where neighbors could easily walk up to you and start a conversation. However, without a front porch, your home is closed off to this a bit more.
What is a Friend Entry?
Along with the front porch, the design changes have made the informal entry way a path through the garage. This causes friends and family members to walk past trash cans, lawn equipment and storage boxes. However, there's another way to go.
The friend entry provides the ability for an informal entry way without it being through the garage. This makes it possible to keep your garage separate from the home without creating a detached garage.
Typically, this type of entry is created by adding a small space between the home and the garage with an outside door. This is a good drop zone for benches, closets, cubbies, counters and other storage for coats and shoes. It also allows an easy way to allow people to enter your home without going through the garage or the formal entry way.
If you're building a new home, a front porch and a friend entry may be elements you want designed into the home. These types of features make your home more inviting and allow you to connect with the people living close to you.
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