An open porch has a lot of appeal. As you can see, the wrap-around design of this porch adds tremendously to the aesthetic appeal of the home. An open porch allows affords outdoor living with some protection from the elements. One thing to consider is insects. Are there a lot of flying insects in your yard? If so, a screened porch might be better. But, flying insects tend to stay low to the ground so if your open porch will be elevated or second story, the bugs may not be a worry.