This oak porch provides shelter, and creates a feature, on the front elevation of this traditional Norfolk cottage.
Curved Oak Features
The porch features a curved tie beam with curved braces below and on the side returns. Not only does this give the form some interest, but it also adds a little bit of extra headroom without dwarfing the cottage’s small front door. The frame is traditionally pegged, with the oak pegs holding the joints in place and creating a solid structure.
If you look carefully, you’ll see the half height posts at the back of the porch, supporting the rear of the roof and fixing the porch to the cottage. This is a useful feature when designing a small porch, as sometimes having four posts can feel too heavy and overbearing.
Oak, and timber in general, makes an idea transition material from inside to outside. It sits happily on the front of this rendered cottage, and makes the transition to the front garden more natural. This is why oak is so often used for outdoor buildings or garden rooms.
The traditional East Anglian clay pan-tiles on the roof tie the new porch into the existing building.
If you’re looking for more porch ideas, have a look at West Hall oak framed porch, in Yorkshire.
Adding a porch to the entrance of your home is a relatively simple and un-invasive process. It adds character, useful storage, and somewhere to shelter on wet days when you can’t quite find your key in time!