Porch and Portico Design Ideas

Porches are a great addition to homes, especially in Central New York where our spectacular summers are far too short. A porch can be a place for relaxation, outdoor dining or even sleeping on a warm summer night. Screened porches extend the time you can spend enjoying summer breezes by protecting you from insects.

Entryways are a focal point of a home. A weather beaten or time worn entryway can be transformed by adding a portico, replacing the door, painting, making repairs and landscaping. A portico is a roofed structure supported by columns leading to the entrance of a home.

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  • This exquisite front entry features stunning post and beam architectural details. The front door is made from larch wood. The sidelights and transom window has mission-style grids that complement the front door glass.
    This exquisite front entry features stunning post and beam architectural details. The front door is made from larch wood. The sidelights and transom window has mission-style grids that complement the front door glass.
  • This back door entry was enhanced by adding wood posts and beams and a copper shed-style roof.
    This back door entry was enhanced by adding wood posts and beams and a copper shed-style roof.
  • This open porch addition built onto a lake cottage provides a multi-purpose outdoor living space and a spectacular lake view. We also built the steps, pillars and reset the retaining wall to complement the addition.
    This open porch addition built onto a lake cottage provides a multi-purpose outdoor living space and a spectacular lake view. We also built the steps, pillars and reset the retaining wall to complement the addition.
  • The gabled roof on this open porch addition complements the shape of a large arched window and does not obscure the view of the outdoors. Boral cultured stone veneer was used on the chimney. Copper gutters were used for both function and aesthetics.
    The gabled roof on this open porch addition complements the shape of a large arched window and does not obscure the view of the outdoors. Boral cultured stone veneer was used on the chimney. Copper gutters were used for both function and aesthetics.
  • This home was expressly designed with a level threshold entry to address the needs of the owners. The wood front door includes matching sidelights and a transom window. Stone veneer was applied to the base of this home’s front entryway and to the base of the columns that support the stylish custom overhang.
    This home was expressly designed with a level threshold entry to address the needs of the owners. The wood front door includes matching sidelights and a transom window. Stone veneer was applied to the base of this home’s front entryway and to the base of the columns that support the stylish custom overhang.
  • This home’s entryway features a large post and beam portico with copper roof. Note that the portico design is replicated on the home’s front roof peak.
    This home’s entryway features a large post and beam portico with copper roof. Note that the portico design is replicated on the home’s front roof peak.
  • The posts were replaced with pressure treated framing, wrapped with Azek - a composite rot-free material - and flashed to prevent rotting.
    The posts were replaced with pressure treated framing, wrapped with Azek - a composite rot-free material - and flashed to prevent rotting.
  • The siding, framing and the entry door had to be replaced because of rot. The porch was flashed properly and a new overhang was added to improve curb appeal and prevent future rot problems.
    The siding, framing and the entry door had to be replaced because of rot. The porch was flashed properly and a new overhang was added to improve curb appeal and prevent future rot problems.
  • The original door casing had peeling paint and was rotting at the bottom. The casing was replaced with Fypon, a rot-free urethane product. A new storm door was installed for an updated look.
    The original door casing had peeling paint and was rotting at the bottom. The casing was replaced with Fypon, a rot-free urethane product. A new storm door was installed for an updated look.
  • The rough-peeled cedar rail system on these porches give this Adirondack cottage a rustic look. The moose and tree cut-outs in the front stair stringers add character to the exterior.
    The rough-peeled cedar rail system on these porches give this Adirondack cottage a rustic look. The moose and tree cut-outs in the front stair stringers add character to the exterior.
  • This attractive entry includes an overhang supported by tapered round columns, decorative trim above the door and fascia, and three steps on all sides of the brick porch.
    This attractive entry includes an overhang supported by tapered round columns, decorative trim above the door and fascia, and three steps on all sides of the brick porch.
  • Typically an entry door is 80 inches tall. This entry door is 8-foot tall and includes sidelites, one on each side. The 8-foot height gives a grand effect to this entrance.
    Typically an entry door is 80 inches tall. This entry door is 8-foot tall and includes sidelites, one on each side. The 8-foot height gives a grand effect to this entrance.