Before you start you project, have your plans drawn up and ready to present, you may need to get a building permit. Some locations-city, county, towns....consider a newly closed-in porch as a room and want to assess your property tax accordingly.
As for the actual porch, could you re-post with a photo of what your porch looks like so you can get the best advice?
Can you be more specific, as in a fence around it or something more permanent?
Carolyn....I would suggest using screen but a picture of the area you want to work with might help! Thanks
Yes, Due Diligence with the City is a must.
Front porches often have Zoning restrictions that prohibit enclosing them, at all.
Then there’s the “thresholds” at which you may be allowed to enclose them in before they become a room.
As in, if you partially enclose it with something like sliding glass doors, or other operable windows, then the calculations on how-much enclosing,-percentage, on each wall - will need to be calculated & documented- as a condition of Permitting.
That’s where you’ll need to get a pro to draw up the plans with the calculations- as in design with both the Building Dept & the Zoning Dept’s Codes in mind, first.