Side Porches

A porch may be part of the iconic American home's architecture, but many people considering building a home are surprised at the number of porch options available to them. If you've always wanted a porch, consider not only a front porch, but also a side porch. A side porch makes your home interesting and inviting, while extending your porch to the side of the home. Here's how these side porch plans from Donald A. Gardner Architects can benefit your family.

Side Porches Extend the Function of Your Outdoor Space

A side porch makes your outdoor space more functional. It provides a comfortable place to add decor, set up seating or simply give kids an outdoor play area. For many lots -- such as corner lots or lots with a view to the side of the home -- a side porch is a logical addition, making the best possible use of the space. If you've been wanting a porch, but your home design or lot is not set up well for a front porch, a side porch can give you exactly what you want. Consider The Lucy. This popular house plan is designed for a corner lot, and the side porch is off to the back side of the garage. With a screened-in porch in the rear and a patio as well, the outdoor living space in this design is extensive.

House Plans With a Side Porch That You Will Love? Here's How to Use Them!

As you browse these side porch house plans, you just may fall in love with a few of them, but maybe you are wondering how you can use that side porch. Here are some ideas.

If you have kids at home, the side porch is a great place to store outdoor toys and provide a covered area to play. Whether you have kids or not, a side porch is an excellent place for outdoor decor and comfortable seating. Adding a porch swing or rocking chair will make it cozy and inviting, allowing you to better enjoy your outdoor living area. Some homeowners even find that their side porch is the perfect place to add a grill for outdoor cooking. String lights to allow your outdoor activities to continue well past bedtime.

Browse Side Porch Plans With Donald A. Gardner Architects Today

If you've been struck by the potential of side porch home plans, Donald A. Gardner Architects makes it easy for you to find them. Simply browse the plans below, or use our advanced search to narrow your choices based on number of bedrooms, square footage and more. You can also contact our team to discuss your needs, and we will point you to the side porch home plans that will fit what you are looking for.

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House Plan The Waylon
House Plan The Waylon
  • 2960Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

Multiple gables adorn this hillside walkout and cedar shakes and timber details serve as rustic accents. An island kitchen is open to the great room and shares a cathedral ceiling with the dining room. A walk-in pantry is nearby and an oversized utility room is multi-functional. The master suite and study complete the first floor while two bedrooms, a full bath, and rec room are downstairs.

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House Plan The Cline
House Plan The Cline
  • 1986Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This front porch is accented with an arched gable and tapered columns frame each side. Inside, the kitchen is positioned for front views with a window over the sink. A walk-in pantry, bar with sink, spacious utility room with side entry porch, and abundant storage will appeal to the modern homeowner. The dining room and master bedroom open to a grand screened porch with skylights and a fireplace.

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House Plan The Mitchell
House Plan The Mitchell
  • 4186Total Sq. Ft.
  • 5Bedrooms
  • 5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This sprawling hillside-walkout has a captivating presence with staggered gables, a cupola-accented roof, and a stone-and-shake exterior. For those that love to entertain, a formal dining room serves every dinner party need and a spacious breakfast nook provides a place for casual meals. The gourmet kitchen offers an island with prep-sink, allowing ample workspace for multiple cooks in the kitchen. A rear screened porch brings endless hours of enjoyment with a fireplace and a skylight-enhanced cathedral ceiling. The master suite boosts an attached sunroom for private relaxation, as well as a luxury bathroom and walk-in closets for two. A pantry, oversized utility room, and e-space bring a multi-functional work-center to the home. A guest suite is on the first floor, along with a study and two additional bedrooms and a rec room reside on the basement level.

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House Plan The Trenton
House Plan The Trenton
  • 3478Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 4Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This Craftsman design features a stone and shakes exterior adorned with arches, tapered columns, and decorative wooden brackets. Designed for sloping lots, this hillside-walkout enjoys entertainment and leisure spaces on two levels. Each bedroom enjoys a full, private bathroom. Open living spaces, a luxury screened porch, a walk-in pantry, and a spacious utility room reflect a modern lifestyle.

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House Plan The Nelson
House Plan The Nelson
  • 2294Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Tapered columns frame this country porch and a front-facing dormer accents the roof. The kitchen is the center of this design and overlooks the dining room. The great room is cozy with a fireplace and coffered ceiling and opens to the rear porch. Positioned for privacy, the master suite is located away from high traffic areas. A three-car garage and large utility room appeal to modern homeowners.

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House Plan The Galway
House Plan The Galway
  • 2546Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

An arched entry complements this quintessential country porch, framed in columns, while a metal roof adds character. The floorplan matches the simplicity of the exterior providing an easy flow throughout. Modern amenities include an oversized pantry and utility room with sink and wrap-around counters. This design features a large master suite and study and three additional bedrooms upstairs.

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House Plan The Lucy
House Plan The Lucy
  • 2239Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

A simplified roofline creates interest with thoughtfully placed gable accents. Tapered columns highlight the front porch and welcome guests to the sidelight framed entry. Inside, the floor plan is equally thoughtful, with a spacious great room, open kitchen with island, and single dining space. The master suite is expansive with dual walk-in closets and a bathroom comfortably suited for two. Additional features include a walk-in pantry, oversized utility room, three-car garage, and an inviting screened porch with cathedral ceiling, skylights, and a fireplace. Two additional bedrooms and a study round-out this classic design.

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House Plan The Cheyenne
House Plan The Cheyenne
  • 3007Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 4Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This mountain home is overflowing with curb appeal and thoughtful details. The barrel-vaulted foyer ends in a single column, presenting the open great room/dining room/kitchen area. A cathedral ceiling extends through the great room and out over the rear porch, with sliding French doors bringing in light and views. A screened porch, bedroom/study, peaceful master suite, and generous utility room complete the main level. Both stairs and a home elevator lead to the finished walkout basement, where two guest rooms and a rec room enjoy access to porch and patio space.

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House Plan The Hendricks
House Plan The Hendricks
  • 2909Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This ranch design offers a relaxed, low-maintenance exterior with a rear-entry, two car garage. In this open design, the great room flows into the kitchen and single dining room. A private master suite features dual walk-in closets and vanities, a standing shower, soaking tub, and a sizable sitting room. Two additional bedrooms, each with walk-in closet, share a Jack & Jill bath and a third room serves as a bedroom or study with full bath. An e-space and pantry bring functionality to the design while the utility room conveniently opens to a covered porch. A screened porch with skylights and fireplace allows for year-round outdoor living while a covered porch and patio are available when the weather is kind.

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House Plan The Buckley
House Plan The Buckley
  • 2352Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This angled Ranch house plan features decorative dormers and arches that bring interest to this home's exterior. Inside the house plan, nearly every room is topped with a tray, cathedral or coffered ceiling. The bedroom are conveniently located around the laundry room and a mud room, pantry and pocket office are functional additions. A glorious octagonal screened porch with fireplace is a pleasing outdoor retreat.

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House Plan The Ambroise
House Plan The Ambroise
  • 3045Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 4Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This Craftsman exterior is veiled in stone and shakes, topped with shed dormers and cupolas, and accented with arches and columns. The foyer reveals an open library lined with built-in book shelves. A large island kitchen is flanked by a large walk-in pantry and a storage closet. The great room opens to a covered porch while a single dining space is adjacent to the screened porch with fireplace and decorative ceiling. The master suite features dual walk-in closets with sun tunnels and a luxurious bathroom. A bedroom/study offers flexible space and two additional bedrooms are available, each with a full bath and walk-in closet. The garage offers a workshop and private entry and a bonus room overhead.

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House Plan The Wheeler
House Plan The Wheeler
  • 1912Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

An efficient, open floor plan and roomy service areas highlight this charming Craftsman cottage. A large master suite is secluded at the rear, and a pantry and e-space are tucked into the passages connecting the garage and huge utility room to the kitchen area. A large screen porch and skylit rear porch extend the living space out of doors.




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