How to Add Curb Appeal with a Portico

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Today I’m sharing how these simple portico design ideas can transform your home’s curb appeal and create a warm, inviting entrance for your guests. From elegant columns to timeless moldings, let’s take a look at ways to elevate your home’s exterior charm with practical and stylish portico designs.

Building a new front door portico has been a project we have wanted to tackle for a long time! We are finally dressing up the front of our older style colonial with a new portico which will add a modern component and fresh new entrance to our home.

As you know, when starting home projects that involve my dad’s help, I need to show him pictures for inspiration.

He is a visual kind of guy and often finds my ideas crazy, until he see’s an image of what I’m talking about.

Let’s take a look at the portico design ideas that I shared with him and maybe you will be inspired to add your own portico over your front door.

Portico Ideas

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

One could argue that a portico will add value to a house while also providing architectural interest and visual appeal.

I personally love a portico over a front door!

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.
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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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Modern Portico Ideas

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.

Whether you are adding a small portico or an oversized portico, the roofline is what helps add character therefore boosting curb appeal.

You will notice below that the first portico is smaller than the image below.

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The roofline below with the lattice appearance adds a decorative element tying in with the windows panes on the windows.

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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.

how to add curb appeal with a portico front door
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They would look unfinished right?

Kind of naked and boring!

That is exactly why we plan to add a portico to our front door. 

how to add curb appeal with a portico side door
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Dixie Delights

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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 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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Traditional Portico Designs

Traditional portico designs vary in size but the overall look is the same. You will find portico’s on many traditional colonial homes offering an elevated look.

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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Here is a picture of our colonial with the new portico and the transformation is nothing short of amazing!

Our New Portico - curb appeal reveal. Must see the before!
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Updated  : Visit this blog post, New Portico Reveal to see the full transformation! 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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One Comment

  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.

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