A Tale of Two Porches in Nashville’s Trendy 12 South Neighborhood

Once upon a time (in the 12 South neighborhood, not so far away)…

Two generations of a certain family lived in adjacent homes, and each generation desired a screened porch of their own. Residing in the 12 South area of Nashville, TN, they graciously invited The Porch Company to design their two porches. And so we did.

twin screened porch in 12 south area of nashville

For these homeowners in Nashville’s vibrant 12 South neighborhood, the porches we designed and built are similar and yet unique. Best of all, they are as charming as their surroundings and as welcoming as their inhabitants.

By adjacent, we mean the two homes share a common wall in the style of townhouses. By generations, we mean one of the homes is occupied by parents while the other is occupied by their adult child. They live compatibly side-by-side, each generation enjoying their own space – and now, they each enjoy their own screened porch.

Characteristics Shared by These “Twin Porches”

The porches each have a flat roof design with a large overhang. In builder’s parlance, a flat roof design means the roof appears flat to the observer, but technically it has a slight slope. The overhang functions to keep some rain from entering the porch. The bigger the overhang, the less moisture will get into the porch – so it’s a useful design element to have. We installed gutters on all sides to make sure any water rolling off the roof will be trapped and diverted away from the porches.

The porches each have a flat roof design with a large overhang

Each porch features two full walls that are almost entirely screens, letting in plenty of natural light. The wall they share is a firewall, required by building code; two adjacent units must be separated by a firewall. They each have The Porch Company’s signature cypress floor, always beautiful. The ceiling of each porch features painted white beams. We built both landings and stairs with AZEK decking, and we used that for the rail cap on both porches as well.

The Adult Child’s Porch: Whimsical, with Color

Colorful screened porch in 12 South

The porch on the left belongs to the adult child. They decorated their porch with colorful accents and chose a charming shade of light blue for their ceiling. We built the ceiling with tongue-and-groove roof decking and painted the beams white for contrast. The swing bed you see in the photo was not one of those made by The Porch Company, but it’s nonetheless charming.

Colorful screened porch in 12 South

Whenever a porch is more than 30″ off the ground, building code requires a barrier or guardrail along the lower portion of the screens. The homeowner on this side chose a low beadboard wall topped by a few rows of horizontal aluminum railing. They selected old-time light fixtures installed high on the wall.

The Parents’ Porch: Serene and Restful

serene and restful screened porch in 12 south

The parents’ porch, on the right, is a bit larger. They chose a horizontal aluminum railing around the lower portion of their porch. The ceiling on this side is a whitewashed stain, instead of paint. Notice how the brown blends and the white beams pop. Anything painted white always stands out. For light fixtures, the parents selected sconce lighting that’s more of a standard look than what you see on the other porch.

serene and restful screened porch in 12 south

Do you see what we mean about these “twin porches” being similar but unique? We had fun designing them to match, in a way, while reflecting the homeowners’ specific tastes and the ambiance they wanted to create.

The Porch CompanyIf your home is in the Nashville area, and you’re interested in having The Porch Company design and build the perfect porch for your home, call us at 615-663-2886 or come by our design studio.

We would love to meet with you to discuss your porch needs — and let us help write the perfect ending to your happily ever after porch story!



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