Different Porch Styles for Ranch-Style Houses

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Ranch style homes seem to be as popular today as they were when they came about in the 1950s and '60s. While they are generally rectangular in shape and have only a single floor with lower-pitched roofs, they can be customized to fit a variety of styles and tastes. One of the most noticeable ways to set a ranch house apart from its neighbors is through the addition of a front porch that fits the lifestyle of the owner.

Country Porches

  • Since most older ranch-style houses have only a small cement porch, the addition of a country porch, a roofed porch that runs the length of the front of the house, will provide more versatility. Add chairs to create a comfortable retreat, and hanging baskets along the edge of the roof to bring a splash of color. If desired, you can convert the country porch to a wraparound style for even more space and personality.

Screened Porches

  • If you and your family enjoy outdoor living during the summer months, a screened-in porch can provide an area free from insects. A screened-in porch can also be a comfortable area to visit with neighbors. Often the screened porch can be fit with windows or glass panels so that you can use it as a sunroom during the winter months.

Columns and Rails

  • The addition of columns and rails to the porch -- whether a country porch, wraparound or the house's original small porch -- can create an entirely different look. The columns can be simple wooden ones for an informal look or more elaborate columns with a Grecian flair. While vinyl rails are easy to care for and can provide a place for hanging baskets, use iron rails for a more formal presence.

Pergolas or Archways

  • If you want to change the look of your porch with a minimum amount of work, the addition of a pergola may be the perfect way to go. Most pergolas are created from beams over columns or a lattice of wood designed for climbing plants. Once the pergola is covered with greenery, your house will have an elegant look and a cool entryway on even the hottest of days. You can also add pergolas to patios or garden areas to give a unified look to your house.

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