You might classify this entry as an “integral” porch. Unlike some porches which are applied to a home as a separate entity, this entry porch is integral to the house since there's living space above it.
As part of a two-story bay of sorts, it projects toward the street and takes advantage of the space above it to give it greater prominence. The scalloped shingle skirt, below the sills of the second-floor bay windows, helps announce the entry with a flair of flare. The windows in the entry sidewall contribute a playful indoor/outdoor feel to this semi-enclosed entry porch. Paneled half walls appear poised to embrace guests. Chamfered post and panel details are enhanced by a dynamic paint-color scheme. Together, the quirky elements of this diminutive entry suggest a storybook cheerfulness.
by Katie Hutchison for the House Enthusiast