How to Give Your Porch the ‘Wow’ Factor

img_2805As a homeowner, what’s more important: Functionality or aesthetic value? You’ve probably asked yourself this question before—but the answer may change depending on what part of the home you’re talking about. The utility room is all about functionality, for example. The dining room may be more about looks than anything. Most areas of the home, including the kitchen and bathrooms, rely on a savvy combination of the two.

What about your porch, terrace or outdoor deck? Do you value the way it looks over the way it operates, or vice versa?

Most people will hesitate to answer this question, and for one simple reason: They know that both are valuable. A porch needs to be useful, adding functional square footage and useful everyday options to the property. But it also needs to look great. It needs to add to the property’s curb appeal, not detract from it.

Easier said than done, right?

Not necessarily. Here are some practical, proven ways to give you porch the “wow” factor without sacrificing any of the functionality you need.

Built-in fireplaces

Cozying up by a crackling fire isn’t something you can only do inside. Built-in fireplaces can give your porch or outdoor deck an extraordinary quality, and can make outdoor entertaining special and fun.

Ceiling fans

What better way to stay cool and relaxed than a ceiling fan? This is another amenity people don’t offer consider for outdoor spaces, but it can make the difference between slightly uncomfortable and “just right,” without the need for clunky floor models.

Custom detailing

Add pizazz to your outdoor space with posts, crown molding, ornate columns, brickwork, and other custom design details.

Roof extensions

Giving your outdoor space some extra coverage with a roof extension is both functional—it keeps the rain well away from your carefully selected furnishings—and visually attractive. It can add a pleasing, spacious elements to your design.

A rustic touch

Consider using heavy timber or reclaimed wood for aspects of your porch, including the roof and support beams, to give it a charming rustic feel.

An outdoor kitchen

If you really want to go all out (and you have the budget to support a bigger project), consider a partial or full outdoor kitchen in your porch or deck. The ability to cook while you socialize outdoors is like nothing else.


Partial shade can be just the thing for your outdoor space. Custom patterns can let the light down in fantastic ways, and you can also grow vines and plants on custom built pergolas. Just don’t expect them to keep out the rain!

A breath of fresh air

Designing a new or renovated porch doesn’t have to be an exercise in mediocrity. With the right home renovation specialist on your side, you can make your porch more than a purely functional space for your home. You can make it an attractive focal point that actually gets people talking. With a skilled and qualified professional, you can make your new porch something to really be proud of.

Client Testimonials

J.Widener from Newton, NJ

“Outstanding team. Very impressed with the whole process and the most with my new beautiful deck!”

S.Long from Franklin Township, NJ

“The deck looks FANTASTIC. I still can’t believe that Deck Guardian was able to resurface my old, ugly deck. Our neighbors have stopped by to comment on how great the deck looks. The attention to detail, work ethic and professionalism set this company apart. I highly recommend Deck Guardian!”

M.Lewis from Fleminton, NJ

“We have received numerous compliments from Neighbor’s and friend’s who think that the finished project looks terrific. Not only do I appreciate the “quality job”, but I really appreciate the professional manner Skip handled all the details!”

L.Cohen from West Orange, NJ

“When I came home yesterday, I could not believe how amazing my newly resurfaced deck looked. Crew did an amazing job. It was also a pleasure to work with your salesperson, very professional and knowledgeable!”

S.Smith from Chester Township, NJ

“I’m completely impressed. I have dealt with my share of contractors as I have been updating my home for several years. Deck Guardian gets the gold medal. Deck Guardian restored my 10 year old deck & fence to a brand new condition. I am amazed!”

P.Tang from Westfield, NJ

“Deck Guardian Team did a good and pleasant job to give us a professional service and a beautiful new deck, without replacing it. We love the color and the way it feels like. Highly recommended!”

Kathryn Barchi from Piscataway, NJ

“My husband and I had recently moved into a new home and quite quickly we learned of so many things that both us and the home inspector missed prior to the purchase; the deck being one huge item. We quite desperately wanted to use our deck and know that it was safe for us, our kids, our pups, and our guests, which in the original state, was definitely not the case. Deck Guardian to the rescue! The Deck Guardian team, from the free estimate to the point of project close, were quite wonderful to work with entirely. They even pointed out additional things we had missed with regards to the safety of our deck. Of course, best of all, the Deck Guardian team was able to work within our budget, while giving us back our deck with a new lease on life. Deck Guardian far exceeded our expectations and for that, my husband and I can not thank them enough!!!”

Jessica Ravitz from Skillman, NJ

“Deck Guardian completed an amazing deck replacement project for us in less than 2 weeks after we signed our contract. Not only did they provide an extremely competitive price, we got a beautiful deck that so greatly exceeded our expectations! Everyone at Deck Guardian is wonderful – from the estimator, the crew and the administrative staff – very friendly, professional, meticulous and hard working. We are so pleased and give the highest recommendation!!! Thank you Deck Guardian!”

Paul Cichello from Bridgewater, NJ

“I contacted Deck Guardian and was given an estimate the very next day. The representative was very knowledgeable and fair. The workers were polite and professional. We are satisfied with our new deck and would recommend Deck Guardian to anyone who wants quality work.”