Our Covered Porch Addition: Cost Details and Design Ideas

If you’re thinking about a covered porch addition, you’ve come to the right spot.
our back porch dining area
Our 3-season porch with white columns and stone flooring.

our covered porch addition

The other day, the rain let up just enough for me to get some quick shots of my favorite outdoor space.

As you can see, our new outdoor living space is very traditional, with design elements which reflect it’s New England setting.

I love this spot so much, even though I don’t get to use it as often as I would like.

Last summer, I had several planters with flowers and herbs scattered everywhere, but this year I’m really liking the minimal look, with just a few pots.

We’re still trying to come up with the best patio furniture plan here, we want it to feel like a casual living space, an extension of our living room.

What do you think of wicker furniture? It’s also something I’m considering here.

But right now, I’m laser focused on getting all three kids off to camp next week…after which, I plan on spending a lot more time in the fresh air, right here…

I hope you enjoy these porch photos.

our back porch

Covered Back Porch Design Ideas

We added on this covered patio a few years after purchasing our home.
The existing porch was very small and had no steps to access the back yard – it was not even ground level.

We knew we wanted our new porch to have a covered area and steps down to to the yard.

We thought about going with both ceiling fans and a screened-in porch design, but ultimately decided against it.

If you’re interested in reading about our screened porch, see our beach house enclosed porch post.

The Chippendale railings were my idea.
For the rest of the overall design, we worked with our general contractor, as well as an architect with years of experience with wrap-around porches.
The shape of the porch’s roof, compliments the gable roof on the rest of our home and provides a beautiful focal point.
porch swing on covered back porch

I love how our new wraparound porch enhances the style of house we have.

This addition also creates some much needed outdoor extra space for entertaining.

Not only did it add to our home’s curb appeal – but this is a great way to create additional living space.

our back porch

Frequently Asked Questions

Did you need a building permit for this?

Yes, in our town we needed one for this type of porch.

Check with your local governments as this varies across the country.

What was the overall cost?

The labor costs here were a bit higher than the national average cost, which is roughly between $4,800 and $24,000 for a 200-square-foot porch installation.

And, while average cost ranges, the different materials and complexity of the project we chose (not to mention the large square footage) also added to the total project cost.

Material costs will also vary depending on the scope of the project and what you choose to build with.

Finally, make sure you factor in changes to your insurance policy and patio furniture into your total cost.


I’m tempted to get a few more throw pillows, just to liven things up a bit more.
I also think we need at least two rocking chairs out here.
The couch and the coffee table are both from Restoration Hardware.
covered back porch dining area
This dining area of our covered back porch is right off our kitchen, so it’s pretty easy to entertain outdoors.
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  1. stephanie wrote:

    such a pretty and relaxing space! thanks for sharing it!

    Published on 6.21.13 · Reply
  2. Beautiful green and white, so crisp. Hoping you find a way to spend more time out there this summer. A covered porch is so wonderful on a warm, rainy NE afternoon.

    Published on 6.20.13 · Reply
  3. Such a peaceful and beautiful space!

    Published on 6.20.13 · Reply
  4. Next time I'm up in NY I want to come visit you!! WHat a beautiful backyard. ANd how peaceful it will be with the kids gone off to camp!

    Published on 6.20.13 · Reply