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Should You Add a Porch to Your Garage?

Posted by Mike Hammond on Thu, May 09, 2019 @ 06:09 AM

Typically, a front porch is attached to the front of the house around the front door. However, for many of today’s homeowners, the garage door has replaced the front door as the main entryway into the house. 

Is it time to reconsider the placement of the front porch, as well? Maybe the porch could be installed in the front of the garage, rather than the front door. It could also go on the side or back of the garage. If you have a detached garage, a porch might be a great way to connect the garage to the main building. Take a look at a few reasons why you may want to consider adding a porch to your garage. 

A Garage Porch Could Double as a Carport

Garage port.

If you’re looking for both a shady place to sit outside during the day and a way to protect an additional car from the elements at night, a garage porch that doubles as a covered carport could be the perfect solution. 

Furnish the porch with some lightweight lawn furniture so that you have plenty of room to sit and visit with friends and neighbors. It’s easy to pull this kind of furniture to the sides of your porch at night, leaving room for cars to pull through to the garage and into the carport.

A Garage Porch Could Give You More Covered Space

Do you have a big property, but a small front yard? If so, adding a porch onto the back or side of the garage could give you more covered space than you could get from adding a traditional front porch in front of the main door. You don’t have to restrict yourself to a small porch in the front of the house. Measure the available space to the side of the garage or in the backyard, and give yourself as much of that space as you need.

There’s no reason that you have to confine yourself to a traditional front porch if the area doesn’t offer enough space, or if you simply don’t like the way that it looks. When you begin to see the garage as another option for adding porch space, you’ll realize that you have several options and you can go with the one that best meets your needs and appeals to your sense of aesthetics. 

A Garage Porch Could Add Value

Double car garage with grey door.

Are you looking for a way to add square feet – and value – to your home? A garage porch could be a way to do that. If the garage is well-built, attractive, and gives your home more functional space than it had before, it could be a selling point later when you’re ready to sell your house. 

Garages are often overlooked when homeowners begin thinking of add-ons and renovations, but that’s a mistake. Your garage offers the opportunity for you to think outside the box and create something new and different. For more great garage renovation ideas,  get a free design consultation and estimate.

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