My favorite house designs include a large front porch, with no noticeable garage doors. I’m not against having a garage, but I can’t stand designs that put them front and center.
This first house picture shows a beautiful large, full front porch with another above it on the second story. The strategic placement of flowering bushes increases the beauty while adding a small privacy screen and noise buffer.
The wrap around porch in this second photo is downright heavenly. It’s large enough for parties but can easily be used as separate spaces. The lush plant growth along the side provides excellent privacy. I’d imagine that section of the porch is quite peaceful, almost like a hidden oasis just steps away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
This inviting two story yellow house appears to be a simple farmhouse design set in a suburban neighborhood. I love the wide steps that lead up to the full porch, and the porch itself is large enough for a table and chairs, swing, and barbecue grill. For my tastes, this house would be even more appealing with a couple of large trees shading it. Apple trees… maybe even with an old tire swing hanging from one ;)
This porch design is small but adorable. I love the detailed scrollwork at the top of the dainty columns. The white porchwork compliments the red brick of the house brilliantly, and the flowers and vines meandering in front create a cottage garden effect.
This final photo shows a large ranch or cabin-style house with modern lines and an open front porch. The small upper level porch is a nice decorative touch. I’m not thrilled with the blacktop drive because it looks out of place in this setting, but at least the garage is discreetly off to the side.