Like a deck, a front porch is a social space that enhances a house by providing an outdoor living area. Also like a deck, a front porch requires fastidious detailing to prevent decay that can be brought on by poor water drainage. FHB associate editor Chris Ermides takes a look at the details that the best builders use to make sure that front porches last for a long time. Address nine important things when building a front porch: slope the stairs, isolate the framing, pitch the floor, protect the posts, cover the soil, flash the ledger, bevel the railings, vent the trim, and cap the newel. This article also includes information on the best ways to detail piers, flash the porch, lay the porch floor, and direct water movement.