Front Porch Additions and Expansions

With the FALL season in full swing and the Holidays right around the corner, we start thinking about entertaining family and friends and decorating the inside and outside of our home. Fall Mums and pumpkins and Christmas lights and trees all make a home feel warm and welcoming. If you don’t have a front porch or large entryway and have been thinking about making this change to your home, then what better time than now to follow through with it.



There are so many different options when it comes to porch design and entryways that the possibilities are endless.

Requests that we get are for large covered porches with ceiling fans and room for plenty of seating, enclosed porches with screens or large windows, or smaller entryways with just enough space for a chair and flower pot.

Whatever style it is that you are looking for, there are many options to choose from. We suggest looking at pictures online; Pinterest, Houzz, or PDRdesigns website. PDRdesigns has its own Pinterest Page on Enclosed Porches so check it out here:

When you are ready to take the next step and have an idea of the look you want, the critical item you will need to know before moving forward to construction is if the expansion is allowed.

  • Know your site constraints (your survey will show you this) so that you know exactly how much of an addition you can add.
  • You may need to get a variance depending on the size you are looking to have (you should check with your local zoning department)

Once you have this information, your next step is to hire an architect to do the sketches and plans which are needed to apply for the building permit.

Whatever your reason is for wanting one, a porch can add value to your home in many ways and you and your guests will enjoy walking up to your new welcoming entryway.

Are you interested in learning more about the Architecture to Construction Process? Check out PDRdesigns YouTube channel with videos featuring Local Builders and Designers!

Click on the link below to view these videos!

Jersey Shore Builders and Designers

We at PDRdesigns are committed to treating everyone with respect and honesty.We would be honored to help you design your dream space. Please contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule a meeting to go over your next home project!

Paul Rugarber, owner of PDRdesigns, LLC is an architect specializing in New Homes and renovations with extensive expertise on waterfront design. You can reach our office by calling (732) 703-3799 or you can visit us on the web at

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