Front Door Porch Ideas For Your Home


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Front Door Porch Ideas For Your Home
Categories :Porches

Have you ever wondered how you can add some extra space to your home? Perhaps a designated place to kick off muddy shoes before you enter the house? Or somewhere to dry the dog after a wet walk? A front porch is definitely worth considering. Not only will it add useful space to the front of your home but it can also frame your front door and add style. Read on to learn more.

What is a porch?

Put simply, a porch is an entrance to your home, and the style of porch that you choose will depend on many factors. Including the style and period of your home and what you want to use the space for. Whatever porch design you choose, it certainly has the ability to upgrade your home.

Different types of porch

There are many front porch ideas to consider. One of the first questions that you may have is – does a porch require planning permission? The answer is no, providing it does not extend beyond three square metres.

We’ve detailed some of the possible designs and porch features below, to give you an overview of the possibilities.

Custom porch

A custom-built PVCU porch is one of our specialties. Not only do they create a stylish first impression, but they will also improve home security and add space.

Our high-quality PVCU double glazed porches range from simple in-fill design to a purpose-built porch with a concrete base, brickwork, and either a tiled or flat roof design.

Bespoke porch

Bespoke porches are just that – bespoke! They are totally unique designs that are made to suit the style of your home.


An open porch can be built at the front or back of your property. This can create an elegant outdoor space for you to sit on sunny days and add elegance to your home exterior.

Wrap around

Wrap-around porches extend around your property, usually on two sides. This porch is typically more in the style of a veranda and can be wonderful in the summer months, as you can move your seating position depending on the time of day.


A covered porch is a typical style that you probably think of first. It is traditional, often with windows and a door. It can act as an extension to the front of your home and create a handy space for shoe storage.

Depending on the type of porch that you opt for, consider additional ways to tie the design into your original property. For example, why not paint your front door and porch the same colour? Vibrant paint colour will create a welcoming entrance to your home.

Expert help and advice

We hope that you’ve found this porch overview useful and we’ve given you some ideas to consider for your own home improvement.

Cosyhomes Windows is here to answer any questions that you may have and advise you on the best option for your property. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Do You Need Planning Permission For A Porch?


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Do You Need Planning Permission For A Porch?
Categories :Porches

Not all home improvements need to take a lot of work. Extending the front of your property by adding a porch is a great way to create extra space, add value to your property and an ideal area for removing shoes, coats, and drying off muddy dogs and children before stepping into your living space.

If this is something you’re thinking about, one important question that you may have is whether you require planning permission for a porch. In short, the answer is no, as adding a porch is within permitted development rights if it fits within the guidelines specifically for porches.

However, this depends on a few factors such as the size of the porch, what type of property you live in, and whether you live in a listed building or protected area. In this article, we hope to answer some of your questions and give you peace of mind when designing your porch.

How big can you build a porch without planning permission?

You won’t require planning permission for a porch unless the floor space exceeds three square metres, the highest point exceeds three metres, or if the porch will be within two metres of a boundary facing on to the road. The rules may be different however if you live in a listed building. A good source of trusted information regarding building regulations is the national planning application service; Planning Portal, if you’re unsure.

Building regulation approval will be required on the windows and any electrical work, but this is something that Cosyhomes Windows can handle for you.

Are the rules the same for all types of properties?

If you want to add a porch to a flat, maisonette or other building types, you should always check with your local planning authority before commencing any work. This is because permitted development rights may not apply. You will also need to make sure that your work complies with the requisite building regulations.

There will be different rules if you live in a listed building and you may need to apply for listed building consent, as planning permission may be required in this instance. If you live in a conservation area you may also need planning permission, but it’s best to check with your local authority.

What are porches made of?

Most porches are made from a combination of brickwork and glazing, but the design itself really depends on your requirements. Cosyhomes Windows can create custom-built, high-quality PVCu double glazed porches, ranging from a simple in-fill design through to a purpose-built porch. We’re happy to discuss your ideas with you to create something that suits your needs.