Farmer’s Porch Designs
A farmer’s porch, also known as an
open porch, is really just a covered deck that is
supported by sturdy beams around the outside edge
and tailored railings.
The porch may be on the street side of the home,
either end, the back, or it may wrap all around or
part way around the home. Whatever the type may be
porches are a welcoming introduction to the home
and adds dimension and character to the home.
The idea of the farmer’s porch goes way back in the
history of home construction in America.
Essentially it was introduced in the rural
communities of early New England. The porch offered
protection to the home from the winter weather as
well as additional living space during good
weather. In the more suburban communities the porch
was enclosed with glass windows and often referred
to as a piazza. Today the farmer’s porch is part of
many rural home designs. There are several
different styles and farmer’s porche designs.
Elevated Farmers Porch
A typical farmer’s porch encompasses the front of
the home. It may be elevated with a very wide open
staircase leading up to the porch or it can rest
flat on the ground. Those that are elevated often
have ornate posts and sturdy railings. They often
incorporate white lattice beneath the structure to
provide a more polished look and keep out animals.
Ground Level Farmer’s Porch
The ground level
farmers porch maintains similar features to the
elevated porch. However, they may include a single
step as opposed to a full set of stairs leading up
to the porch deck. Like the majority of farmer’s
porches this style often incorporates porch swings,
rocking chairs and comfortable outdoor furniture.
Wrap-around Farmer’s Porch:
wrap-around porches allow more room and add size to
Porch Wrap-around farmers porches are
exactly that: They wrap around the front of the
structure. Rather than encompassing only the front
part of the home they wrap round either one or both
the house. They
can incorporate any of the features of elevated or
ground-level farmers porches.
Southern Farmer’s Porches
Southern farmer’s porches are a trademark tradition
of the south.
They incorporate the south country feeling of the
northern farmer’s porch. They often are supported by large
columns as opposed to thinner and less intricate
supports seen up north.
Decorating and Furnishing a Farmer
Front Porch Design