Not your grandma’s screened porch

Nashville custom upscale screen porch with outdoor fireplace by The Porch Company

Nashville screened porch with outdoor fireplace

Ten years ago, a porch was just a porch. It was a beloved room in the house but it was an appendage to the back of the home. It might have looked half as finished as the interior of your home and likely didn’t use materials that complimented your home nor used materials with the level of quality as your home. Today’s porch is not just a porch. The porch is the heart and the hub of your outdoor living space. It’s your invitation and entree into the outdoor living area of your homeĀ – truly an extension of your home.

A couple things have inspired this transition to outdoor living. First, as families are getting healthier, they’re spending more time outdoors. And, with the economy, families are investing their hard-earned dollars that would previously have been earmarked for vacation to create that beautiful sanctuary respite just outside their own back door. Today’s porch is both an extension aesthetically and a true compliment to the design of your home but it also has the feel of a getaway. For example, thirty to forty percent of our porch customers are incorporating fireplaces into their porch.

Pavilion style screen porch with outdoor fireplace - The Porch Co Nashville

Pavillion style porch with outdoor fireplace

But the evolution of the new porch extends far past making the porch into a real room. Today’s porch unfolds and continues the magic out the porch’s back door to stunning patios, elegant pergolas, creative fire features and soothing water features. Textures of stone and wood are mixed and matched elegantly and intriguingly. Gently bubbling water features are tucked near seating areas for a refreshing view and soothing sound. Today’s porch may even be the culmination and final destination of your stunning outdoor living space or detached from your home. Your patio may lead to a pavilion style detached porch complete with it’s own facilities for washing and bathing.

Outdoor living oases are still finding their way as it relates to bolder amenities such as the integration of entertainment and sound or the integration of fuller kitchen features. While most of our porches integrate mounted TV’s and pergolas may incorporate speakers to fill the patio with your favorite music, we think the outdoor kitchen has not yet completely found its way. Some of the outdoor kitchens seem exciting because you can truly cook and serve and store outside but many are clunky, big, and not very functional. There will be a trend to refine outdoor kitchens to make them more functional, prettier and more light-hearted.

Nancy Moore Founder The Porch Co. Nashville
Nancy Moore, Founder – The Porch Co. Nashville

Today’s porch is filled with your personality, designed-inspired by your tastes and is the answer to what a peaceful oasis means to you. On our design visit, we ask you how you really want to live in your porch and your outdoor living space. We design and recommend materials around you, your home and your owner personal tastes. Give us a ring for a consultation and a design visit to our showroom. We’d love to help you dream about your new porch and make that dream a reality for you and your family. 615.469.1391. [email protected]

 

 

 

 

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