Styles of Front Porches for Single Story Ranch Homes

The porch on the front of your ranch home is like the jewelry you add to an outfit. The porch gives the home the polished look that completes the exterior design. Curb appeal, that critical factor in the resale value of a home, is largely impacted by the porch: it's appearance and it's condition. Take the time to find the porch that suits your ranch style home and makes the statement you want to make.

Enclosed Porch

Old couple on porch.
Extended porch.

The enclosed porch is a porch with walls, windows, a roof and a door.  Some enclosed porches are heated while others are not, but all enclosed porches provide an additional living space to your ranch home.

Enclosed porches are often furnished with items that more closely resemble interior furniture than exterior — wicker sofas versus wrought iron patio sets. 



A veranda style porch is similar to an enclosed porch because it typically has walls of some sort.  Verandas often sport wood or brick walls that stop at about waist high; above the wall is left open for air flow and uninhibited views or it may have railings that provide the same visual purpose.

Verandas are among the most popular porch style for ranch homes. 

Wrap Around Porch

Wrap around porch.

A wrap around porch is exactly what is sounds like, it's a porch that wraps around or continues around at least one corner of the ranch home.  Wrap around porches are typically L-shaped, extending down two sides of a ranch home, although some elaborate wrap around porches continue to the back side of the home and attach to a rear deck.

Wrap around porches make your ranch home appear larger.  Gazebos are commonly used in conjunction with wrap around porches and are typically built at the corner point of the porch.

Bi-Level Porch


Bi-level porches are often seen on ranch homes with large yards and on ranch homes built on steep hills or inclines.  As the name implies, a bi-level porch is a porch that has two levels, one higher than the other.

This style of porch is used to bridge the gap between various ground elevations.  The lowest level is most commonly the level by which entrance to the home is gained.

The upper level is often smaller, set off to the side of the first level and used as a seating area.  Examples of this style of porch connected to a ranch home would be a porch with a step up to a gazebo.

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