8 Ideas for a Stylish Front Porch

The first two houses I owned didn’t have porches. They were Victorian red-brick terraced houses with small front gardens and the absence of a porch meant that occasionally, we had to stand in the pouring rain while struggling with a key and shopping as we tried to open the front door as quickly as possible. That was the main disadvantage of not having a porch – there being no shelter from the elements when the weather is horrible.

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Porches have many more advantages of course, depending on their size and shape. They offer more storage, a place to put those items frequently required for outdoor use such as boots and coats, they protect the front hall from harsh weather and prevent draughts, and they can make the front of your home look more attractive.

1. An Open Porch

Porch open

An open porch such as this red brick and green oak porch really adds character to the front of this home as well as providing shelter for visitors waiting for you to open the door.

2. Small Enclosed Porch

Although this porch is small, the red brick half wall and the pitched roof add plenty of character to the front of this home. The number of windows plus the glass door ensure that the porch allows maximum natural light to flood into the hallway.

small glazed porch

Albeit small, this porch is still sizeable enough to stand inside and shut the porch door before opening the hall door, thereby preventing heat loss.

3. Large Front Porch

A front porch running part or all of the length of the house is something we tend to associate with American houses, where the boarded floors and swing seats suggest relaxation after a hard day of toil.

front porch rocking chairs

Rocking chairs or swing seats also carry connotations of leisurely chats and neighbourly friendliness.

front porch verandah

If large enough like this verandah, a front porch functions as an exterior living room. I think porches like these really add a friendly feel to any house – if only we could get guaranteed sunshine in Ireland for months on end every summer.

4. Curved Front Porch

The curved front walls of this porch make a very subtle, yet stunning, architectural statement.

front porch curved

The straight lines of the inside walls frame the front door and overhead light beautifully, drawing the eye forward and yet the curves on the outside walls make you look twice at the architecture of the whole house. It’s very simple and yet very effective.

5. Front Room / Front Porch

A porch this size will double as a hall, it is a room in itself with storage for coats and shoes and sufficient space to display items attractively. It really sets the scene for the decor and atmosphere of the rest of the house so will serve to provide a welcoming atmosphere for visitors.

front porch farmhouse

The pitched roof, the planting, the soft grey colour of the paintwork and the glimpse into the interior all serve to soften the front of the house, giving it a very welcoming appearance.

6. Portico Front Porch

A front porch that consists of a canopy with supporting columns will dress the front of a house and prevent a ‘bare’ appearance.

canopy front porch

It also provides shelter – not just from rain and wind but the canopy will also shelter the front door from strong sunshine which would bleach the paintwork.

7. Portico Front Porch with Brackets

portico front porch

A small portico with supporting diagonal brackets provides some shelter and adds connotations of cottage nostalgia to the front of one’s house. I think they are really charming.

8. Glass Porch

A conservatory or glass front porch adds warmth, an extra room, and a touch of extravagance and glamour to your home.

glass front porch

It will prevent heat loss from the main house, provide a beautifully sheltered area to sit and relax, and be an impressive architectural feature.

If you are considering adding a porch to your home, remember you can avail of our website in order to source rated tradespeople and receive quotes for your planned work.

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Home Renovation Incentive Scheme ending soon

Save MONEY with the HOME RENOVATION INCENTIVE SCHEME before it's too late

Would you like to save money on home improvements? You can still save up to 13.5% of the cost of home improvements or repairs if you get the work completed by December 2018. The Home Renovation Incentive scheme has been in operation since 2013 and is due to end soon so if you have been planning to get a new kitchen or bathroom, now is definitely the time.

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Noel Breen Video Testimonial for Tradesmen.ie

Hi folks,
here is a video testimonial we received a while ago from Noel Breen. Noel posted two jobs, one was a plumbing job and the other was a plastering job.  Noel and was very happy with the result. You can see the video feedback below:-

 

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Results and Video of our July Draw 2018

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Hi folks,

here are the results and video of our July Draw 2018. Each month we have a draw for everyone who hires a tradesman and provides feedback. So not only do you get up to 4 quotes from Rated Tradesmen but you also are in with a chance to win a cash prize as well!

The draw for everyone who hired a tradesman and provided feedback in the month of June was held on July 28th. The results are as follows:-

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9 Ways to Conserve Water

9 Ways to Conserve WaterThe current heatwave and drought is making us all rethink our use of water. The hosepipe ban has been in operation for a couple of weeks. Water is being restricted in some areas at night. Farmers and rural dwellers are reporting of their private wells going dry or having reduced water pressure. Given that we had an incredibly wet March and April this year, it does seem surprising that the country is short of water but that is the case.

This may not be a ‘once in a generation’ drought. With climate change occurring, this may happen more often. Some of my suggestions for conserving water are structural, designed for long-term planning, others are habit-forming and maybe you will continue them even when water is more plentiful.

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Six Faux Fireplace Ideas

Faux_Fireplace_IdeasA fireplace, even if there isn’t a fire lit in it, can warm up a room. They also provide a focal point within a room. Having chairs gathered around a fireplace is much more appealing that having them arranged in such a way that the television is the main focus. Fireplaces also bring character to the decor scheme. What if you don’t have a fireplace? How do you create a false fireplace? Here are some ideas so you have time to get the job done by the time the evenings get chilly in the autumn.

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8 Trendy Sports Wallpaper for Your Home

8_Sports_WallpapersIt’s a wonderful time for those interested in sport. For anyone interested in football, there’s World Cup fever. Wimbledon is starting to get exciting as we approach the end of the first week. My son, who is F1 crazy, tells me that there are five F1 races in six weeks.

If you are looking for a tasteful way to decorate a room for someone who is sport crazy, I’ve found some stylish and attractive sports wallpapers, perfectly suited for bedrooms, dens or studies.

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Results and Video of our June Draw 2018

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here are the results and video of our June Draw 2018. Each month we have a draw for everyone who hires a tradesman and provides feedback. So not only do you get up to 4 quotes from Rated Tradesmen but you also are in with a chance to win a cash prize as well!

The draw for everyone who hired a tradesman and provided feedback in the month of May was held on June 30th. The results are as follows:-

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How to Accessorise Your Fireplace

How_to_create_fireplaces_with_wow_factors_Do you find that your fireplace looks rather bleak in the summer months when the fire isn’t lit? Or do you only light the fire at Christmas and on Sunday afternoons and wish it looked cosier for the rest of the week? Here are some ideas for brightening up the empty fireplace and turning it into an attractive feature rather than a dark empty hole in the wall.

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How to Create More Space

How_to_create_more_space_in_your_homeWhether you need more floor space within your house or apartment or just want your rooms to appear more spacious, here are some tips for making the space appear roomier, bigger, less cluttered and more relaxing:-

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