Any time could be a great opportunity to plan ahead for exterior home improvement projects. For some homeowners, one such home improvement endeavor includes building a porch or a patio. Certainly, one can complete both projects and add the splendor of a porch and patio to their overall outdoor space.
But, it’s important to remember that building one is not like the other, and understanding the differences between these two home improvement projects helps people determine which construction they’d like to focus on. So, let’s get into some of the critical aspects of how planning and using these outdoor spaces differ, and which project you may be more inclined to put your home improvement dollars towards.
Building a Porch
Many people define a porch as an attached outdoor structure, usually to the front exterior or entrance of a home. Most porches should have a roof and can be open around the sides, but there are screened-in porch systems available that offer their own bevy of benefits. The porch adds some outdoor living space to the front of a house and is best for small casual get-togethers or quiet relaxing.
When the porch is well-built, it could add to the home’s resale value. Of course, as an attached structure to a house’s front-facade, the style and design of this home improvement project should closely match the exterior architecture of the existing home structure. As a result, building a porch tends to cost more than a patio project. This high price point comes from purchasing high-quality, matching materials, and additional labor costs to perfect this outdoor home addition.
Installing a Patio
There’s no doubt that if you’ve ever considered expanding your outdoor living space, you’ve considered building either a deck or patio in your backyard. While a porch is an attached structure to your home, a patio does not have to be. A patio structure is built on the ground with concrete pavers, poured concrete, natural stone pavers, brick, wood, and more options. It can be a detached feature built to your desired specifications as part of your yard landscape. Depending on what you furnish the space with, you can create an inviting outdoor entertainment area or construct a fantastic outdoor kitchen.
Building a patio may do less to add to your home’s overall curb appeal, but that also means you have a more private outdoor area to yourself as it’s tucked away in the privacy of your backyard. The starting price of installing a patio is typically lower than building a porch, but there could be extra costs involved to create a level foundation to build the patio from.
Outdoor Spaces from Smith & Son’s Contracting
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