Ranch house, craftsman, farmhouse and cottage are some floor plan styles available for homes with covered porches. Floor plans vary based on square footage, and number of floors, garage bays, bedrooms and bathrooms. The suitability of a style depends on the location, size, shape and slope of the building lot.
Typical covered porch floor plans show one entryway through the front door, but wrap-around porches have additional side doors. Floor plans for single-story ranch homes are U-shaped, with the foyer in the middle and bedrooms opposite the den and kitchen. Two-story house plans locate bedrooms on the upper floor. Larger sized plans include a dining room, study, laundry room and living room, often shown on the first story.
When evaluating floor plans, consider room location. Covered porches extend household living into the outdoors but can obstruct indoor views and limit natural light. Site location is another factor to consider. Wide level landscapes are suitable for wrap-around porches whereas varied slopes may only accommodate one-sided styles
Another consideration is porch size. An entryway porch is an architectural accent. A large covered porch is an extension of the interior space and requires decoration. Ceiling fans, wicker furniture and wall art are common decorations.