When designing your dream home, you want to consider features that provide comfort and functionality. With warmer weather finally here, it seems fitting to bring up indoor/outdoor space — and specifically porches. Wooddale designs often incorporate different porch options that may be ideal for your family and lifestyle. Let’s look at a few of the more popular possibilities along with some of the benefits of a custom home porch.
Front Porch Benefits
A front porch adds a hint of classic elegance to any home. By incorporating a swing, rocking chairs, or Adirondacks, this space provides room for homeowners to relax, enjoy nature, wave to the neighbors, or enjoy a cup of coffee.
As an extension of the entrance, a covered front porch also provides a larger welcome mat for guests and enhances curb appeal. A front porch is a charming focal point, sprucing up your home’s entryway while creating an elegant impression.
Three-Season Porch Benefits
Enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with all the indoor comforts — spring through fall. With a three-season porch, you and your family can stay protected from most of the elements, though likely not the extreme winter temperatures. You can soak up the sunshine while keeping bugs and critters at bay.
Depending on how you decorate it, a three-season porch can extend your living space in any number of ways. Use it as a place for the family to hang out; a TV room; a study, reading room, or home office; or a spot for the kids to play. You can also use a three-season porch as an entertainment space or overflow area for large gatherings.
And because the options for features are almost endless, this additional space can be truly customized for your family’s needs.
Four-Season Porch Benefits
Incorporating a four-season porch in the design of your custom home really stretches your living space. Similar to a three-season porch, this option offers insulated walls and windows as well as heating and cooling systems for year-round comfort. A four-season porch is essentially an additional room but (usually) with larger windows to allow an abundance of sunlight. As such, these rooms are sometimes referred to as sunrooms.
This type of porch provides the same benefits as its three-season counterpart — but throughout the winter season as well. This space is cozy enough for all-weather gatherings of family and friends, lounging, playing games or watching TV, and so much more.
In addition, you can take advantage of the health benefits of sunlight, even during the shorter, colder winter days. Minnesota winters can be tough on everything, including mental health. Exposure to sunlight generates the release of serotonin, which helps boost mood, improve memory, and regulate sleep.
Choose Your Custom Porch
One of the biggest benefits of a custom home porch is that it helps make your dream house a home. These are only a few of the options for extending your living space and enjoying the surroundings in your new home. When you’re ready to explore even more choices, the team at Wooddale Builders is here to make your vision a reality. Contact us today to get started on designing and building your custom dream home.