A portico consists of a pair of columns that support a roof, creating a covered porch, entrance or walkway. “Portico” is an Italian word, but the style originated in ancient Greece, where porticoes and colonnades were popular gathering places.

RTA Studio Residential Architects

Columns were tapered in ancient Greece, which is currently considered classical style.

Tuthill architecture

Squared columns are another option for a portico’s column.

Marcus Gleysteen Architects

Joining an arched roof with a solid architectural feeling using simple columns with clean lines causes a striking portico.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Stacked stone and painted timbers define this rustic portico walkway resulting in an entry door.

Haddonstone Ltd

This classical portico has a half-round roof deck above it. The tapered columns have a capital, which is the scroll at the very top.

Witt Construction

Greek porticoes had unique names based on the number of columns were used. This one is tetrastyle, meaning it has four columns. While porticoes are usually seen on bigger homes, they can also work well on smaller constructions.

Blue Sky Building Company

Porticoes do not always have open sides. They can be included, as exhibited here.

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