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Designing an Eye-Catching,
Functional Front Porch
You'll find most of today's house plans incorporate a front porch in their design. Porches are much larger, often spanning the full length of the front of the house to dramatically influence the function and curb appeal of your home's exterior.
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Front Porch Design Ideas
Front porch designs are usually modeled after your home's architectural style — such as country, Craftsman, contemporary and Victorian. The style of a porch should fit the architectural style of your home as much as possible otherwise it will look out-of-place and diminish your curb appeal. Just as important as deciding the style of your porch, is deciding the purpose for your porch.
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Five Tips for Choosing
the Perfect Patio Door
With the selection of sliding, swinging, French and bi-fold patio doors available today, you have the flexibility to create a truly custom design that complements your home's architectural style and helps to define your outdoor living space. What type of patio door you use depends on your home's design, your lifestyle and convenience. For example is it opening to a large outdoor living space that flows from your interior living space? Is it for a small balcony? Or is it part of a large wall of windows?
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Editor’s Favorite Products

Define Your Boundaries

Gorgeous & Green

With Fypon® Balustrade Systems and Columns, you can transform an ordinary porch into an impressive statement of design and sophistication. You can also make patio, balconies and stairways more inviting with the distinctive styles and sizes available.

Ecolife® Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood is a revolutionary, non-metallic preservative plus wood stabilizer system. It combines the natural beauty of real wood with advancements in weathering protection and environmental attributes.

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Green Living Tips

Patio doors are becoming taller and wider, spanning the length and height of whole walls so your outdoor living space feels like a natural extension of your home.

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