Front entrance of the old craftsman style home.

NAHB's Eye on Housing economist Paul Emrath reports that of the 850,000 single-family homes started in 2017, 64.7% were built with porches.

According to NAHB tabulation of data from the Survey of Construction (SOC), the data shows—among other things—that over the period when single-family starts were declining (from 1.7 million in 2005 to 430,000 in 2011), the share of new homes built with porches was increasing (from 54.1% in 2005 to 65.7% in 2011).

Since 2009, the share of new homes with porches has been relatively stable, staying between 63 and 65% most years. However, the new-home porch share has broken above the 65% barrier twice. The first time was the record high of 65.7% for new homes started in 2011. The second time was the 65.1% of homes started in 2016. Although the share declined slightly to 64.7% in 2017, that still represents the third highest percentage on record.

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