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Porch vs. Patio: How to make full use of housing space

Views: 131     Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2021-04-06      Origin: Site

When people begin to consider the design of their own housing space, the porch(or patio ) is often the first step to consider. Suitable rocking chair or simple and exquisite shoe rack are good choices. This article will first distinguish the porch and terrace, and give you new design options according to the different house types.


The definitions of porch and patio


For different regions where you live, the meaning of porch and patio are somewhat dependent. In some areas of the country, porches are elevated structures attached to the house, with floor, walls, and roof framed with wood, serving as a protected area for the front or back entries on the home. A patio, on the other hand, is always viewed as a ground level structure with a paved floor material.


But in other regions, especially those with slab-on-grade foundations, the distinction is less obvious. Here, both patios and porches may be paved outdoor living spaces appointed with outdoor furniture such as simple stackable shoe rack. They can be found either in front yards or backyards, and can be left open to the sky or covered with an overhead arbor or roof structure.


What Is a Porch?


Basically, a porch is seen in most regions as an outdoor structure with a roof that is usually open at the sides. It is attached to the main residence and protects the entrance or serves as a resting place for occupants to entertain and enjoy the fresh air. It is sometimes referred to as a veranda or loggia. On the other hand, this area is also a good home storage option.


The American front porch appeared by the early 1700s, and it continues to this day. Some of the first porches in the United States were built by immigrants and enslaved Africans. Others most likely were built by Europeans who adapted homes and architecture for a warmer climate.

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What Is a Patio?


Different from a porch, which is always attached to the house, a patio can be either an attached structure or a detached landscape feature. One of the most important considerations when building a patio is to create easy access between the the indoor kitchen and outdoor kitchen or dining area. So patios are regarded principally as places to cook, dine, and entertain.

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The Design of House Space


Understand the difference between porch and patio, we will know more about our home design. First of all, for the porch, as a transition into the interior door, comfort and warmth are the main ideas of this area design. Therefore, it is a good reference to put a comfortable reclining chair at the door and a shoe cabinet for storing the shoes of family members or guests.


For the patio, Leisure is the theme of this area design. Here, we can barbecue with our family in patio and have afternoon tea with friends.




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