Inspiration: Porches

Inspiration: Porches & Porch Upgrades

A porch upgrade or renovation may seem a fairly insignificant home improvement measure to some people, but those who own one usually find them invaluable and wonder how they ever coped without it.

The pricelessness of a porch is unquestionable...

When you factor in a couple of the primary ways it can be utilised:

  • A storage point for any parcels deposited when nobody is the house.
  • Frees up space in the rest of the house as any shoes, hats, scarves, coats etc. can be kept in its confines

A stylish protruding front porch will also capture the eyes of visitors and show off your home in a positive fashion

Open Porch Entrance Design

Porch designs...

For it to do this, the porch design needs to be in keeping with your home’s architectural styling, nicely glazed, and should be suitably accessorised, both inside and out, once the porch has been fitted.

Need some inspirational ideas to create a perfect porch that’s far from plain? explore our gallery below.

Porch Entrance Design

Potted plants...

For it to do this, the porch design needs to be in keeping with your home’s architectural styling, nicely glazed, and should be suitably accessorised, both inside and out, once the porch has been fitted.

Need some inspirational ideas to create a perfect porch that’s far from plain? explore our gallery below.

Potted Plants

Hanging baskets...

An alternative method of adding some eye-catching colour to the outside of your porch is to fit a hanging basket or two filled with flowers that flourish throughout the different seasons. Begonias, Fuchsias and Petunias are perennial favourites for hanging baskets.

Hanging Baskets on Front Porch


To keep a constant spotlight on your porch have some form of porch light, ornate or otherwise, added above or at one or two sides of the design that you can turn on at night. If you’re on a small budget then you can purchase LED battery-powered lights for very little that you can stick to the inside ceiling of the porch to help illuminate the interior and accentuate the porch’s presence to the outside world.

Spotlight on Entrance Porch

Porches available from Clearview...

Anyone interested in a porch will be pleased to know that most porches can be implemented without planning permission if they are considered to be a “permitted development”. A Clearview consultant will be able to advise on whether your porch design complies with the necessary guidelines in relation to planning permission and building regulations which are an entirely separate issue.

Arrange a free quote from Clearview now to take the first step towards a beautiful porch.

Entrance Porch

Read some common questions on porches

Read a selection of common questions when looking to upgrade your existing porch or to arrange a new porch build at the fron to your property.

How much does it cost to renovate a front porch?

The cost of renovating a front porch can vary widely depending on factors such as the size of the porch, materials used, labour costs, and any additional features or customisations. On average, homeowners can expect to spend anywhere from £4,000 to £15,000 for a basic renovation, while more extensive projects could exceed £20,000.

What are some popular materials for new front porches or a porch renovation?

Popular materials for front porch renovation include wood, stone, brick, concrete, and UPVC. Each material offers its own set of advantages in terms of durability, aesthetics, and maintenance requirements. Consider factors such as budget, and desired aesthetic when selecting the material for your porch.

Do I need planning permission to renovate my front porch?

In Cheshire & Lancashire, you don’t need planning permission for a front porch renovations. However depending on various factors such as the size of the porch, its proximity to neighbouring properties, and whether your property is located in a conservation area or listed building, planning permission may be required. Clearview will check local planning authority to determine if planning permission is required and will then make all the arrangements on your behalf.

How long does it take to renovate a front porch?

The duration of front porch renovation can vary based on the scope of work, weather conditions, and the availability of materials and contractors. Typically, a basic renovation may take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, while more complex projects could take several weeks or even months to complete.

What are some design ideas for upgrading my front porch?

Design ideas for upgrading a front porch include adding decorative columns, installing porch railings, incorporating lighting fixtures, using decorative tiles or patterns for the flooring, and adding outdoor seating or planters. Consider the architectural style of your home and personal preferences when choosing design elements for your porch.

Can I install heating or lighting in my front porch?

Yes, you can install heating or lighting in your front porch to enhance comfort and security. Options for heating may include electric heaters, gas heaters, or radiant heating systems. For lighting, you can choose from various fixtures such as wall sconces, pendant lights, or overhead lighting. Ensure that any electrical work is carried out by a qualified professional.

How can I make my front porch more energy-efficient?

To make your front porch more energy-efficient, you can consider adding insulation to the walls and ceiling, installing energy efficient windows and doors, and incorporating shading elements such as awnings or pergolas to reduce solar heat gain. Additionally, using energy-efficient lighting fixtures and appliances can help minimise energy consumption.

What maintenance is required for a renovated front porch?

The maintenance required for a renovated front porch will depend on the materials used and the extent of the renovation. Generally, routine maintenance tasks may include cleaning, sealing or staining wooden surfaces, repairing any damages, and checking for signs of wear or deterioration. Follow manufacturer guidelines for specific maintenance requirements.

Are there any regulations regarding the height or dimensions of a front porch?

Regulations regarding the height and dimensions of a front porch may vary depending on local building codes and planning regulations. These regulations may stipulate requirements such as maximum height, setback distances from property lines or roads, and minimum dimensions for stairs or railings.

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