What Is a Portico? Time to Find Out!

What Is a Portico? Time to Find Out!

Can we interest you in adding a portico to your house design?

What comes to mind when you hear the word “remodeling?” Most of the time, homeowners everywhere assume it only applies to kitchens or bathrooms. But the thing is, home improvement projects can be more complex than that. Maybe your home’s landscaping is roughed up by harsh winter weather. Alternatively, the front entryway to your home could be exposed to the elements as well. This makes trying to get inside in bad weather extra unpleasant. Can we interest you in adding a portico to your house design?

Gabled Roof 

First off, let’s talk about the gabled roof style of the portico. It is one of the most popular looks and is distinctive by its triangular shape. Think about the aesthetics of your home’s face – the gabled portico is best paired with a gabled roof.  

Upper Rail

Now we can talk about the next type of portico, one which is known as the upper rail model. These porticos are flat and thus can support a balcony. However, sometimes balconies are just for show instead of a platform for you to stand and stare up at the sky admiring the stars. That said, you might also consider installing French doors so you can access your new balcony.

Hip Roof

You might not know what the term “hip roof” means, and that is perfectly fine! In this design, there is a gentle slope on all sides of the portico; so use this style if your home’s roof is also hipped.

Arched Roof

Where are the windows placed along the exterior face of your home? Depending on their configuration, you might find an arched roof portico more than suitable. A half-circle window is a visual anchor for any style of porticoes that follow the curved line that the window above it presents.


Here, a semicircle is used instead of a rectangle. Plus, this design is often completed with a rounded stoop to make your entryway look even classier!


Lastly, let’s take a look at bracket-style porticoes. They are supported by side brackets instead of the columns typically seen in other arrangements. If you don’t have much space around the front end of your house, then this could be the answer!

Call Matthews Construction and Design

Are you ready to improve your Maryland landscape? The professionals at Matthews Construction and Design can help. For over four decades, Matthews Construction and Design has been transforming landscapes through stonework, concrete work, and other hardscape installations.

Whether you are ready to dive headfirst into your kitchen remodel or you still have a million questions, Matthews Construction and Design is here to help you. We can service all your remodeling needs. If you want to learn more, feel free to give us a call at 202-702-3553 or you can visit us online. For more tips, tricks, and to see what we have been working on, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Houzz.

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