So what, really, is the difference between the two?
Porches can be traced back to Ancient Greece and Rome, like the Acropolis in Athens, Greece; specifically, the Erechtheum - a temple with the Porch of the Maidens along with the stoa, a classroom and courtroom.
The latter was named by Zeno of Citium, credited with the philosophy of stoicism, who named it for the Stoa Poikle, or “painted porch.” Loggias and piazzas provided shade in gardens during the Middle Ages in Italy. In West Africa, a porch-like spaces were evident on "shotgun" houses.
The American front porch appeared by the early 1700s, and 100 years later became a fixture of American architecture. Some of the first porches in the United States were built by immigrants and slaves from Africa. Others most likely were built by Europeans who adapted
What is a Porch?
Basically, a porch is an outdoor structure with a roof that is usually
A Brief History of the Patio
The word patio comes from the Latin word patere, which mans to lie open. Originating in Spanish or Spanish-American architecture, it is an outdoor space that is open to the sky, although it can have a roof overhead. During the 15th century in Spain, square central patios surrounded by galleries and porticos became popular. During the post-World War II years, patios were backyard slabs of poured concrete in various shapes, either left alone or embellished with brick, bluestone, gravel, and other materials.
What is a Patio?
Unlike a porch, a patio can be attached to a structure or detached, and with a roof or pergola overhead or left open. It is a much more versatile outdoor structure than a porch. One of the most important considerations when building a patio is to have easy access to the indoor or outdoor kitchen if it will be used for dining.