We now have a porch with an awning.

Even the water-heater has an awning.
Awning over the heater

Now our front door stays drier, it reduces the amount of crud we track into the house, and it is far more pleasant to go in and out of the house without having to step down into or up out of it.

Although the water heater is rated for indoor/outdoor, we wanted to keep it out of the heavy rain and prevent water from getting into to the exhaust pipe. So far, so good!

Once the weather dries out and warms up a bit, we’ll paint the wood to match the rest of the house.