Perfect Porticos to Transform Your Home

Tuesday, March 19 , 2024

Perfect Porticos to Transform Your Home

Porticos are a delectable mix of practicality and beauty. The right porch will protect you from the weather as you enter and exit your home, but it will also make a positive impact on the exterior of your property and potentially  its value. Over our seventy years in business our architectural team have designed many porticos for houses, from new builds to period properties and restorations. Read about our transformations here.

Make an Entrance!

Adding a portico clearly defines where your front door is. But isn’t it obvious where the entrance is? Not always, as you can see here. Before the portico as built on this modern property the front door blends into the bank of windows.

Before

A large new build house that lacks a central focal point.

A large new build house that lacks a central focal point.

After

But this new build was designed to have a portico and although the house is still in progress, it is clear what a difference the portico makes to the front of the building. We created a half column to fit flush against the wall that extends out beside the entrance. All our architectural stone is made bespoke to order, so we can create the best solutions for your property projects.

A large new build home in progress, with a large portico at the centre of the property to make the entrance a welcoming feature.

The addition of a large portico draws the eyes to the centre of the property and makes the entrance a welcoming feature.

Porticos are not just for new builds. A retrofitted portico is also helpful for period properties. This beautiful home has a feature window in the center, with the entrance on the side.

This period property had a side entrance that was accentuated with a beautiful portico.

This period property had a side entrance that was accentuated with a beautiful portico.

The columns of the portico create a welcoming entrance, with a smart blue front door to contrast with the white facade. This guides visitors along the driveway towards the correct part of the property, in keeping with the heritage features. The portico has been designed by our team to balance the key architectural elements of the house, keeping everything in proportion.

An entrance was reinvigorated by a well designed Chilstone portico.

This entrance was reinvigorated by a well designed Chilstone portico.

Adding Shelter

This property is impressive but on a dark night when the rain is lashing and you can’t find your keys a stone porch would be very welcomed! Especially if you have considered integrated lighting!

This large property is flat fronted, which makes the entrance blend into the frontage.

This large property is flat fronted, which makes the entrance exposed to the elements, with no shelter from the rain.

The portico creates a grand frontage with sleek columns, quality crafted. This detail transforms the frontage, making this house seem grand, but welcoming. The perfect combination of style and substance!

This large property is flat fronted, the addition of a Chilstone portico makes the entrance stand out, elevating the whole stature of the house, with this impressive feature.

This large property is flat fronted, the addition of a Chilstone portico makes the entrance stand out, elevating the whole stature of the house, with this impressive feature.

Total Transformation!

This late twentieth century house had a number of extensions over the years and it left the entrance looking a little lost between the different roof levels. The brick colour looked a little dated with the dark painted windows.

Before

This late twentieth century house is drab in dated brown stone, with dark windows. The entrance is lost between the jumble of roof heights and extensions.

The original, late twentieth century house was drab in dated brown stone, with dark windows. The entrance is lost between the jumble of roof heights and extensions.

After

The transformation is incredible. The portico was painted to match the render that was added to the whole exterior at the front of the building, giving the property a stylish, contemporary finish. The drainpipes and lighting cables have been cleverly concealed within the portico design to create this stylish, modern property. It is beautifully lit with with warm spotlights for a welcoming feel. One relatively small addition has totally updated the exterior of this house, making it more desirable within the property market. We provide free CAD drawings so you can see how your home would look, talk to our team.

The large bespoke Chilstone portico unifies the two main gables of the house. Rendered and painted in white, the colour scheme brings the building together in a chic, contemporary finish.

The large bespoke Chilstone portico unifies the two main gables of the house. Rendered and painted in white, the colour scheme brings the building together in a chic, contemporary finish.

A Lasting Investment

Choosing a stone portico is also a practical choice. This customer had an original wooden portico that had rotted over time, making it unsafe. The base of the columns were in a very poor state and the customer wanted a sturdy replacement in the same style.

Before

Wooden portico with rotten columns.

The columns of this portico were badly rotten and had become dangerous.

After

We replicated the design and handcrafted it in cast stone. This new portico is in keeping with the period property and made to last. The columns will be painted to match the exterior of the property.

Replicated portico handmade by Chilstone in cast stone to replace the rotten wooden original.

Chilstone replicated this portico in cast stone to replace when the wooden original that had rotted and become unsafe.

Restoration Expertise

Our experienced team can help with many restoration projects. From new porticos to replacing gate piers and broken balustrade, talk to us and see how we can help. We can replicate stone features, which we have done for famous stately homes in the UK and Ireland, including Hever castle, ancestral home of Anne Boleyn. We also work for many private clients, so please get in touch!

 

Balustrade repaired by Chilstone for the Golden Staircase at Hever Castle, the ancestral home of Anne Boleyn.

Chilstone repaired the beautiful balustrade for the Golden Staircase at Hever Castle.



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