A porte cochere is a covered entranceway usually attached to a house plan that allows vehicles to drive through and drop off people and belongings protected from the elements. It typically features a roof supported by columns or posts, and it may be open on one or more sides.
The benefits of having a porte cochere in a house plan include:
Weather protection: A porte cochere provides shelter from rain, snow, and other elements, which is especially useful when loading and unloading passengers or items from a car.
Convenience: The covered entrance allows for easy access to the house plan, especially for guests, as it provides a convenient drop-off point close to the main entrance.
Enhanced curb appeal: A well-designed porte cochere can add aesthetic appeal to the house and create a grand entrance.
Increased property value: The addition of a porte cochere can increase the value of the property by adding both functional and aesthetic benefits.