You may remember days of sitting on a loved one's porch and waving hi to the neighbors or rocking on your porch while sipping tea. Your porch may be the place of some of your home's most pleasant moments. That is because porches play an important role in enjoying a home and are a key to a home's appeal.  

Read below to learn more about porches and how best to create an inviting one.

What is a porch, and why is one beneficial?

A porch is one of the most common and popular design structures on a home. It is described as a covered area attached to and projecting from the front of a house with three open sides. A porch protects the front entrance from the weather and serves as the transition between a home's indoors and the outside. Generally, porches extend only from the front, but those that wrap around the sides are called verandas.

Another quality of porches is that they are part of the home's design and structure. Porches share some of the property's characteristics like flooring, paint color, or other elements inside the house. 

Having a porch: 

Improves home aesthetics; 

Keeps you and guests drier upon exiting/entering;

Provides an extra socializing area;

Increases natural light 

Not surprisingly, porches are also known to increase home value. According to reports, adding a porch will provide nearly an 85% return on investment on average. Therefore, if you do not have a porch, consider adding one for your enjoyment and financial gain at sale. 

Beautiful porches improve curb appeal. Therefore, whether you have a porch already or decide to add one, it is in a home's best interest to create the most inviting porch possible.

How do you create an inviting porch?  

Elements that create an inviting porch include;

The walls - You will need to ensure that the exterior walls are clean and free of any spiderwebs, grime, or mildew. If the walls are dirty, clean them with a pressure washer. Furthermore, if the exterior of your porch has chipped or faded paint, repaint it.

The floors - Clean and repair any dirty or broken flooring. Also, do not forget the doormat; faded doormats make a porch unappealing. So, get a new one, and pro tip: invest in an extra-wide mat (to fill up a spacious porch area.) It will be worth the additional money.

The seating - Closely inspect the chairs and sofas. If they appear old or uncomfortable, replace them. Also, add color and coziness to the seating area with throw pillows.

The plants - Plants add life and coloring to your porch. However, since they can be hard to keep fresh or alive all year, consider purchasing realistic-looking faux plants. Faux plants stay green all year long and stay alive forever. Furthermore, you might get large artificial plants for lower prices than real ones.

People love homes with porches. Keeping yours in great shape helps keep your home appealing and welcoming to all.