Our selection of house plans with Wrap Around Porches are designed to enable you to enjoy the outdoor views and breezes. Wrap Around Porches are a great asset to a house because they extend the living space to the exterior, they shelter and protect the windows and doors from water damage and they shade the exterior walls and windows reducing heat gain and thereby reducing energy costs. You can also screen-in a portion of the porch for pleasent outdoor dining.

House plans with porches recall a time when there was a connection between you and passersby on the street; a time when you might wave or say hi your neighbor. It is also reminiscent of a farmhouse with a large front porch with rocking chairs, plants and a porch swing. The front porch or entrance porch is just as important today as it was then. As Southern Cottages, we feel that the covered porch is an important component in the design of a great house and therefore we have many house plans with porches in our collection.

The covered porch is actually an outdoor room, which expands your living space while providing a place for you to live, breathe and enjoy nature while being protected from the hot sun. It provides a statement about where the entrance to the house is for your guests. It provides a place to greet and gather with your guest upon their arrival and departure. The covered porch also protects against heat gain through windows while providing a wonderful transition from the environmentally controlled interior of the house to the outdoor areas, shaded and sheltered, where summer breezes can naturally cool things down. In fact, every house needs a covered entrance or porch of some kind where you can be protected from the rain while finding your keys and which keeps the rain from beating down and splattering up on your front door, thereby protecting it from weather damage over time. The front porch can also give your house a distinctive appearance.

Large roof overhangs and porches also help to protect the siding and walls from weathering, high heat transfer and water intrusion over time.

At Southern Cottages we have a variety of house plans with porches. We offer wraparound porches as well as smaller entrance porches. We offer houses with front and back porches. We love house plans with porches.

Another important consideration for your house plan design is that of “weatherproofing” your house. Special care must be given to the detail and installation of house wraps, flashings, weep planes, dewpoint in walls and breathability of the overall wall and roof structure. Porches can be an important part of this weatherproofing. Plans and specifications for house plans with porches, provided by Southern Cottages, describe how all these materials are to be installed to protect against moisture intrusion.