The Difference Between a Porch and a Covered Deck

Posted June 16, 2022 in 3D Design, Attached Roof System, Blog, Decks, Design/Build, Furniture, General, Landscape Lighting, Outdoor Kitchen, Outdoor Technology, Patio and Walkway, Phantom Screen, Videos

You may have heard the terms porch and covered deck used interchangeably, but they represent two different designs. Porches in the Lehigh Valley are typically covered and located in the front of your home, while decks are often in the backyard and covered by an attached roof structure that naturally blends with the right material.

A new covered deck in the Lehigh Valley can provide you with a place to relax and seek reprieve from the sun after a long day at the pool, or an extra office space where you can keep an eye on the kids while answering emails outdoors. But your new covered deck or porch in the Lehigh Valley will only add value to your life if it is designed and built to mesh with your lifestyle and home.

Here are 3 things to consider when planning your new attached roof structure:

  • Connect with the architecture of your home 

Opting for a strong connection between the inside of your home and your new porch or deck space in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania will make your home feel larger. The right porch and deck layout can create a natural flow and seamless connection between indoor and outdoor rooms. But oftentimes, this is difficult to visualize, explain, and understand without the right design software and knowledge. This leaves homeowners and porch or deck contractors in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with communication issues that could cause expensive and frustrating change orders and construction remediations.

When you know exactly what your project will look like from the very beginning it eliminates surprises and frustration when building your new covered deck or porch in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This is why we begin every project with a custom 3D design that shows the entire project team exactly what your vision looks like and lets you understand how it will connect with your home.

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  • Add comfort features that enhance your lifestyle 

Anyone that lives in Pennsylvania realizes mosquitoes or an unexpected thunderstorm can quickly ruin any outdoor gathering. This is why it is important to consider comfort features that can help extend the use of your new porch or deck in Center Valley, Pennsylvania while providing shelter from the elements along with bugs and other pests so you can spend more time outdoors.

We think you deserve to enjoy your outdoor living space whenever you want without ever having to worry about the weather or season. This is why we help you understand how outdoor ceiling fans can offer a cool breeze on a hot summer day, how outdoor skylights could conserve energy and allow natural light into your home, or how phantom screens won’t interrupt the view of your backyard but will offer protection from mosquitoes or other pests. With these options and design information, you can make the best decisions about every aspect of your investment.

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  • Build a natural extension of your home

Who couldn’t use more living space? You can easily extend the footprint of your home by properly designing and building a new covered deck or porch in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. But just like inside your home, you will want to establish specific spaces for grilling and cooking your food, outdoor dining with your friends or family, and relaxing in your backyard.

Whether you have a small or large space, planning zones will make sure your new covered deck or porch in Center Valley, Pennsylvania is comfortable, functional, and improves the value of your home. Through a custom full-color 3D design video, your MasterPLAN designer will show you exactly how your new layout will look. Your custom video will feature vivid life-like imagery which will allow you to visualize and understand how every aspect of your project looks before your build begins.

The perfect layout for your new covered deck or porch in the Lehigh Valley  →

Designing and building a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor that will waste your money and you don’t want to get stuck wasting your valuable time managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other important details.  You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley.  We make your unique journey stress-free by using our award-winning design/build process to handle all communication with your HOA and township, develop your plans, obtain your building permits, manage any and all engineering, schedule your inspections and so much more!

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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