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Porch Addition Ideas for Your Post Frame Building

Post frame building porch

Modern post frame buildings can take on many forms and functions. From agricultural buildings, and functional equestrian, to commercial, civic, and storage buildings. With considerable design flexibility, building owners can add architectural features to their post frame buildings such as a post frame building porch. These details can make them more inviting and valuable.

Consider adding a porch with an overhang adjacent to your new post frame building. This addition may serve as a place to relax and entertain, host events, enjoy the scenery, or reflect on the events of the day. The feature can also make the approach to your post frame building more inviting and appealing. This can be a big benefit for businesses or community areas.

Why Add a Porch to Your Post Frame Building?

While a porch does not add any real structural benefits to your post frame building, it certainly adds value to the curb appeal. It can also add to the functionality of the structure. Whether the porch is in front, back, along a side, or elsewhere, the porch area and other added features break up the “rectangular” nature of the building’s form. And while that new porch can add a sheltered recreational and entertainment area, it will likely become a focal point for many future activities.

What Are the Options For Post Frame Porch Additions?

Before starting, it is important to consider zoning issues. This can include setbacks and height restrictions. Consult the local zoning authority before committing to a plan. Post frame building professionals like Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings can advise how to proceed and identify any limitations.

Depending on your post frame building’s purpose and, perhaps, the orientation relative to accessibility, views, and other factors, consider the location of the porch area. There are several different ways to position your porch addition and various length options.

Consider these:

Front Porch

A front porch can provide an inviting covered entryway to the building. If the structure is intended for customers or visitors, a well-designed addition can serve as an inviting, nicely decorated entryway.

Back Porch

A back porch offers a more private entryway. This could be to a workshop, separate quarters, an office, a lounge, or other space. At the same time, the front entry may be reserved for the storage of vehicles and equipment. The back porch can serve as a covered, well-decorated rear access. Here you can add plenty of seating and other features to entertain visitors.

Recessed Porch

A recessed porch is an “outside” area created by replacing a ground-level corner of the larger structure. This indented area offers a shaded, covered area with protection from the two resulting sidewalls. The overhead ceiling is created by the second story of the structure.

Wrap-Around Porch

Your post frame porch does not need to be limited to the front or back, or under a corner. Instead, your design can extend the porch from one side to the next or around the building if you prefer. This adds more covered exterior space to relax and entertain as the sun moves across the sky. Plus, a great design can make your building even more attractive. For retail operators, the extra square footage also provides more protected areas to display your goods.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

A post frame supplier, designer, and builder supplying Northern Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and Northwest Ohio, Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings has been a vanguard in the post frame business for over four decades.

Contact the post frame experts at Pacemaker to discuss your post frame building needs and solicit advice about the construction and placement of multi-functional porches to enhance the appearance of your structure.

To learn about the many effective ways that durable, adaptable, and economical post frame buildings can serve you, visit the Pacemaker Post frame website or call the Pacemaker professionals at 1-888-834-4448.



Phase Building Your Post Frame Structure Allows for Easy Expansion


Sometimes our initial ideas and projections turn into something much bigger. This problem often arises as planning begins on post frame buildings. Whether your building is designed to maintain and service farm equipment, a fully equipped metal or wood shop, or is used to restore and house antique cars and trucks, your needs can quickly grow beyond your initial idea. Consider the idea of phase building your post frame structure.

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Exterior Porch Options for Your Post Frame Building

Exterior-Porch-Options-for-Your-Post-Frame-BuildingHave you considered an exterior porch for your post frame building? Whether the addition is meant to be functional, decorative, or both, adding a porch to your post frame plan is easy to do. Here are porch options for your post frame building.

Your post frame building can be used for whatever you want. Whether you are building a barn, equestrian center, commercial building, or residence. Just about any exterior feature that you may want can be added to your building. As a highly versatile and practical building solution, post frame structures have minimal limits on exterior cladding or most other architectural elements.

Porches can be included in the design at the time of construction or as an easy remodel to an existing post frame building.

Porch Options for Your Post Frame Building

An exterior porch can serve several purposes. Here are a few ideas for uses:

  • An aesthetically pleasing entryway and access.
  • Overhead protection from the rain and snow for equipment that you must access frequently.
  • Entertainment and relaxation space away from the interior storage area.
  • Exterior screened workshop, office, or maintenance area.
  • Outside product display area for commercial enterprises.

4 Porch Design Solutions

Entry Porch

While size and shape options are virtually limitless, positioning is important. You should position your porch on the front or most visible side of the building. A well-designed porch will break the monotony of the rectangular structure. Additionally, it can provide an aesthetically pleasing impression of the overall architecture.

An entryway porch focuses and invites access into the building. By using creative styling of the roofing and vertical supports, you will also give the building a more appealing appearance.

Inset Porch

An attractive option for porch placement without increasing the building’s footprint can be as an inset. An inset works by using one of the corners of your post frame building and reversing it inward toward the interior of the structure. The ceiling of the porch becomes the upper level inside. Thus use that space above for storage, as an office, or any other purpose.

The vertical post at the corner will remain in place to support the overall building. Thus you can choose a finish option that compliments the aesthetic of the post frame building.

An inset porch is a great option when land space has limits.

Recreation Porch

Often post frame buildings that are used for equestrian or agricultural purposes are situated in locations that have amazing panoramic views. A shaded, screened-in porch is a great solution for year-round activities. You can then add comfortable seating, a wood stove, and other accessories to make it the spot to relax, reflect, and entertain.

Wraparound Porch

Another practical and attractive option is to add a wraparound porch that encircles all or three-fourths of your post frame building. This option is not only aesthetically pleasing but highly functional as well. This style of porch provides a sheltered space at every access point. It can also be an area to stage incoming materials and provide exterior dry storage for equipment.

For equestrian centers, the additional shelter provides a place to saddle or unsaddle horses and also provides a cooling area away from the sun.

Additionally, you can include a sheltered seating area anywhere around the perimeter of your building.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings, located in North Webster, Indiana, has been at the forefront of the post frame building industry for four decades. As an industry innovator, the company has implemented many of the breakthrough technologies and materials that have evolved the business. Post frame construction is no longer just simple pole barns. The construction method has become a practical, economical, and attractive solution for many commercial, civic, equestrian, and agricultural structures.

Check out the Pacemaker website to view some of their past outstanding projects.

For information about adding a porch to complement the functionality and beauty of your post frame building, or for any other application, contact the experts at Pacemaker at + 1(888) 834.4448.