Southerners have perfected porches. Growing up in the South, I learned from a young age that a porch isn’t just a place for the mail carrier to deliver packages. A porch is an extension of the Southern home. Porches are where we welcome our neighbors to chat over a glass of iced tea, read a book while catching a breeze in the summer heat, host an Easter luncheon for family, and they make the perfect perch for your canine welcoming committee. Despite the endless outdoor entertaining potential, wrap around porches didn’t become a Southern standard just so we could throw the perfect Kentucky Derby party, these architectural features are multipurpose! The deep overhangs on wrap around porches shade the interior rooms, keeping them cooler while also protecting the furniture and wall coverings from sun damage. Still not convinced your next home needs its own wrap around porch? We gathered some of our favorite house plans that feature showstopping wrap around porches to show just how versatile they can be!