Hot Home Features: A Cozy Front Porch
One of the top features buyers are seeking in their next home is a classic feature – the front porch. According to data analysis from the National Association of Home Builders, 65 percent of new single-family homes built in 2016 included a porch.
The front porch never went out of style, but it did lose some popularity in previous years. In 2005, only 54 percent of new homes had porches included in their architectural design.
Today’s rising demand for homes that offer a comfy front porch is not surprising since there are many benefits to having one:
More living space - Outdoor living space is a hot item right now when it comes to home features. People like to entertain in a space that offers guests a great atmosphere as well as a place to sit. The front porch can feel like a relaxing place to take in the outdoors, as well as a place for conversation with friends and family.
A staycation spot – People are stressed these days, so any home feature that makes them feel they can experience a little escape from the everyday is priceless. The front porch is a place to sit in a rocking chair and enjoy your morning coffee, or to curl up with a good book and let a nice breeze sweep away the day’s worries.
A home office with fresh air and a view - How much nicer would work be if it was done from your front porch sipping lemonade? More and more people are able to telecommute for work these days, and as technology continues to make everyone more mobile, buyers have more options than ever to work from home, depending on their job. This means that an enclosed front porch or one large enough for a small work table (safe from rain) is an alternative home office option that is very attractive.
Better curb appeal – A front porch can be a large part of your home’s curb appeal and visually set it apart from other homes. From the color of your paint to the furnishings that set the stage for welcoming comfort, your front porch is one of the first things people will notice.
A garden just outside your door – You can actually start a garden on your porch. Low-maintenance composite decking will help keep mold from growing under your pots and will be easier to clean than wood decking. The location is a great place to start seedlings in the spring and grow fresh herbs right on your porch — whether in flowerpots, hanging baskets or planters on the railing. This creates an inviting, relaxing and fragrant living space in summer.
Today’s buyers love outdoor spaces that are ready to welcome guests to sit back, relax, and stay a while. A front porch is perfect for homeowners who like to entertain, or just want to hang a hammock or porch swing to facilitate the ultimate weekend relaxation. Make the most of this cozy space and everyone will take notice.
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