Porches Are Pushing Out Decks in Popularity

November 15, 2016

Porches are becoming more common on new homes over the past decade, showing their increasing popularity with homebuyers. 

Sixty-four percent of new single-family homes started in 2015 included a porch while 23 percent included a deck, according to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction data. 

Decks, on the other hand, have seen a decline in new homes. From 2005 to 2008, over a quarter of single-family homes started included decks. But that share has dropped to under 24 percent since 2011. 

There are clear preferences regionally for decks versus porches. For example, the share of new homes with porches ranged from a low of 46 percent in the Mid-Atlantic division to nearly 90 percent in the East South Central, the National Association of Home Builders’ reports on the survey data. In New England, decks are more popular with two-thirds (69 percent) of new homes including them.


Certainly, both decks and porches can be added after a home is built. NAHB remodelers report that adding or enclosing a porch and adding a deck were among the most commonly requested projects in 2015. 

Source: “In New England, Two-Thirds of New Homes Include Decks,” National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog (Nov. 14, 2016)