Porches and Outdoor Living Areas

What are some of the biggest trends in Raleigh, NC new home building?  Extending square footage outside by adding outdoor living spaces to a floor plan!  Outdoor living spaces can include front porches, screen porches, patios, (second story) decks, and more.

Scroll to see photos of outdoor living spaces - with benefits to each type of outdoor area.

Looking for indoor-outdoor living space? Click here for our sunroom photo gallery.

Screen Porch Photo Gallery

A screen porch provides shelter from rain, heat, cold, and bugs - letting home owners use the outdoor space for more months of the year.  An enclosed porch adds resale value and curb appeal (check out the photos of a screen porch on the front of a Raleigh new home, below.  Porches with a screen can also provide a safe area for kids to play outdoors.


Front Porch Photos

What does a front porch cost to build in Raleigh NC? What makes a wrap around front porch cost more? Front porch build cost varies depending on many factors, including:

- Total square footage of porch space

- Type of porch surface (can be concrete, wood, brick, slate, tile, or other flooring surface)

- Type of railings

- Type of support pillars (hand-built Craftsman stone columns are the most expensive, basic 4x4 support post are least expensive, with a wide range of options between)

- Type of roof (standing seam metal, rounded, copper, dimensional shingles)

- Height from the ground

Deck Photos

If you love the outdoors, but are building on a budget, a deck is a great way to add outdoor square footage for a much lower cost for your Raleigh new home. 

Decks are better for summer cookouts - with the smoke from a grill rising up (instead of getting trapped inside a screen room).   Decks are more open to the rest of your back yard - allowing an easy flow between different outdoor activities.  Decks can still add more resale value than many indoor home additions.