When viewing prospective houses, many homebuyers count “having a porch” pretty high up on their list of “would-likes”. There are many reasons why people seem to prefer houses with this feature, which are detailed further below. Do you wish your house had one? Or maybe you’ve already got one? Read on to find out why so many homebuyers nowadays are looking for this type of home.
A porch/ vestibule…
…gives you more space
Even though it is not necessarily a large area (it’s not exactly another bedroom), you will still gain some additional space to work with. For many homeowners, this is the ideal place to keep shoes and coats when not in use. That way, carpets and flooring don’t get ruined from muddy, wet, dirty shoes, and conversely, your shoes and coats will always be to hand each time you leave the house – it makes sense, doesn’t it?
…can be used as a store room
In addition to being somewhere to leave your shoes and coats, your vestibule can also double up as a storage room. If it’s wide enough, you may wish to consider investing in some in-built storage, such as shelving and a cupboard or cabinet. This will allow you to de-clutter the rest of your house, and give you somewhere to store items which have no other more obvious home.
…keeps the house warmer
Providing you keep the internal door to your home closed at all times, having this additional feature to your home will actually help to keep your home warmer. That’s because the area where the porch is will be the external wall, allowing your home to retain more heat. If you do still feel a little bit of a draught, invest in some draught excluders for the bottom of the door.
…gives you added security
Another benefit of this addition to your home means that there will be an extra door to the front of your house. In the event of burglary, this extra door will stall the burglar, and may give you sufficient time to alert the authorities. What’s more, by having two doors to get through before you can gain access to the house, many thieves may be deterred from trying to break in, as it would be more time consuming. Thus, your vestibule can give you a greater sense of security – make sure you add an alarm box too for further protection.
…makes a house a home
Many houses do not have an additional threshold, which means that the front door often opens directly into the living room. By erecting such a feature where your front door is, you’ll provide a small area between the front of the house and your living space, making your house feel more homely.
If you are considering having a porch, there are certain regulations you’ll have to adhere to. These include the dimensions of the space, as well as the distance it must be from any boundary in front of the road.
What are your reasons for having a porch?