Trends in Architecture: Welcoming Front Porches

As you drive through any neighborhood, you notice many things. The size of the homes and their yards, the styles and materials used, the landscaping, and open spaces all contribute to the “feel” of a neighborhood. But, there is one architectural element that plays a role in shaping the neighborhood’s dynamic–both visually, and also socially that you might not think to call out on its own–the front porch.





We sat down with Douglas Phillips, AIA, NCARB, Vice President of CharterDesign and asked him about the importance of the front porch not only as an architectural element of our homes, but also as a gathering space for our homeowners:

“Porches have become a major feature on many Charter Homes. There are many delights of a porch designed well, from simply catching a late afternoon breeze to enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning to providing a special place for relaxing and reconnecting with the neighbors.

At Charter Homes, we realize that people will sit on porches only if they feel comfortable. People walking by on the sidewalk will stop and talk to them only if the people on the porches seem accessible enough, so we always design our porches and balconies with ample depth and comfortable height to encourage interaction.

In addition, attention to detail, scale and proportion of columns, railings and roof further reinforces the authenticity and integrity in every Charter Homes neighborhood.”

We invite you to come and experience our Great American Neighborhoods–with their wide, welcoming porches this weekend!