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How to Add Curb Appeal with a Portico

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Constructing a front door portico is an excellent way to elevate your home’s curb appeal while adding a touch of elegance and functionality. A portico is an architectural feature that not only adds visual interest but also extends a warm and welcoming embrace to guests. You could even go the extra mile by adding exquisite columns, timeless moldings, and intricate details that mimic the aesthetic of your home.

Don’t forget that a well-lit portico can also provide an added sense of security when entering and leaving your home during the darker hours.

A portico over a front door can is not only functional to prevent water from soaking your door but it also adds value to a home. The increased curb appeal is a major selling point.

Portico Ideas

Adding a portico to a front or side door is a great way to add curb appeal quickly to any home. 

how to add curb appeal with a portico. A family of four generations living under one roof expands their home and adds a new portico to the front of their home to create architectural interest and character.

The colonial house below is similar to our previous house and was exactly the inspiration we needed to build our own. You will notice the square columns mimic the trim around the windows creating a cohesive look.

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Build a Portico with Columns

A portico with columns whether they are square or round will add character and architectural interest to any front door. Adding a portico to a colonial house is indicative of traditional design. I personally think the square columns are modern and create a sleek look to any front entrance.

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Portico Benefits

What are portico benefits?

A portico is not only a roof over a door that will keep you dry but it’s visual and curb appeal benefits are amazing! Imagine these homes I am showing you with now portico above the door. They would look unfinished right? Kind of naked and boring! That is exactly why we plan to add a portico to our front door. 

There also is a such thing called, “front door portico kit.” Yes, you can purchase a kit to build a portico. I have never actually purchased or seen one but while I was researching portico ideas on google and pinterest, I came across several. 

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Dixie Delights

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 This Old House 

I love the portico idea below with the surrounding stone and wood ceiling. The texture and visual appeal is gorgeous!

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Our Colonial With Portico

Last week I shared the start of our curb appeal project in the front of our home and how we are adding a new portico.

Here is the house now with the old portico torn off the house. Boy the house looks pretty silly below! -ha. 

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Updated  : See our New Portico Reveal. It’s finished and looks amazing!

Want a tour of the inside of this home and see the for sale listing (click here)? We sold this house a couple of years ago and the portico was one of the favorite features of the house! You can also see the house all decked out with Fall decor and the new portico (click here) looks amazing with the corn stalks! 

If you are looking for more front entrance ideas? Check out the split level flip house renovation. Jim increased the entrance of the split level by making the door opening bigger and added a small cute accent roof above. Click through this post, split level exterior makeover to see the before and after! 

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  1. .. and I know we will just love it! You guys do such great projects. My fav is the shake home with the brick steps and the red door. I need a front porch makeover stat. Loving that one sooo very much. Look forward to seeing the big reveal.