Porch, Northampton
Porches, like any extension, can significantly impact the home. 
They are the welcome centre of your home; the reception and the first impression. If you are putting your home on the market, or just entertaining friends, your porch will be the first thing your visitors or potential buyers will see. 
However, porches are more than just an aesthetically pleasing extension to your home. They provide significant functional benefits too. 

A porch provides extra security 

If you think about it, this makes a lot of sense. A fully enclosed porch has another lockable front door standing between your home and the outside world. 
If you live in a built-up area with a plethora of neighbours you don’t know, or your home receives a lot of foot traffic from deliveries or canvassers, sometimes you can feel a little exposed and under-protected. Being able to lock an extra door not only provides you with that extra bit of physical security, but also priceless peace of mind. 

There are energy saving benefits 

Did you know the coldest room in the home is usually the hallway? 
It is also central to the entire bottom floor. All the outside draughts are then fed to your living areas and kitchen. This means your home is just that little bit harder to heat. 
However, having a porch adds that extra layer of insulation to your home, meaning that there are energy saving benefits to having this extension. Saving energy means you will spend much less on gas and electricity heating your home unnecessarily. 

Additional storage 

One of the best reasons to get a porch, is the additional storage that it offers. If you are a busy household with active and energetic kids, storing shoes in your porch might be ideal instead of the kids tracking mud throughout your home. 
Similarly, if you like taking long walks, a porch is a great place to install coat hangers and hooks. 
There are many ways that you can utilise a porch without it becoming a den of clutter or losing its aesthetic appeal. 

Adding value to your home 

It is common knowledge that adding any extension often adds value to your home. Your porch is no different. 
If the porch has been designed with the original architecture in mind, then it can increase the property value. However, this comes with an addendum. 
If your porch looks “tacked on” or out of place, it might decrease your property value. Therefore, it is always best to take the advice of a specialist or an expert in the field. They will be able to tell you whether the porch is a worthwhile investment for your home. 
If you contact us about a porch, we will happily spend the time talking through your options and discussing what type of porch would be better for you. This is important, because not all homes are the same. 

So, are you considering a porch? 

When the porch is done right, it seems as though it completes your home. It’s as though your home was built and has sat waiting for this extension to be built the entire time. They are a worthwhile investment for your home and your family. 
Contact us if you are interested in extending your home, contact the Alternative Roof Solutions team for a free no obligation quotation. 
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