I can’t be the only one who has a hard time remembering if your porch is in front or your patio is in back or what’s the difference between the two… But if I am, so be it. I decided that I had spent way too much time trying to figure this out at every house, so I did some research. Shockingly, Pinterest wasn’t much help, but I did have fun! Check out our fun Porch Pinterest board here.
Basically, a porch is an outdoor structure with a roof that is usually open at the sides. It is attached to or projects from the side of a residence and protects the entrance or serves as a resting place for occupants to entertain and enjoy the fresh air. It is sometimes referred to as a veranda or loggia.
Unlike a porch, a patio can be attached to a structure or detached, and sometimes has a roof or pergola overhead. It is a much more versatile outdoor structure than a porch and is usually much larger.
Thank you to The Spruce for those helpful definitions!
So, you can have a front porch or back porch (or a wraparound porch or a screened-in porch), but you probably won’t have a front patio. A patio can be a deck, or paved. It can be attached to your house or not. You could also have a veranda or a balcony.
There are so many options for outdoor life at your home, but if you want to do something new, give us a call! At Lori -Flynn Realty, we love helping our clients make their house a home. 317-384-4712