When it comes to new dwellings, porches are best kept relatively simple. Either in open or enclosed forms, they generally warrant only a modest lean-to or pitched roof to help define the main entrance. On buildings that are classically detailed, properly moulded, lead flat roof canopies will generally be most appropriate provided they are designed as a natural extension of the doorcase below. When enclosed, porches can act as draught lobbies to help reduce heat loss from the dwelling. On contemporary house types, recessed or extruded entrances can create sheltered space which helps in breaking up an elevation and offer visual interest. Above all, it is important to ensure porches remain subservient and do not become front extensions which dominate the host building.
The examples below highlight some typical porch and canopy designs seen within the District.