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A unique pergola and extended screened porch

This featured porch is a great example of why The Porch Company is so much more than a company that builds porches. When these Belle Meade homeowners originally came to us, they had a small, screened porch and a large, raised terrace. They wanted to extend their screened porch and add a shade feature over their terrace.

Before moving on with this post, let’s get some terms straight. The photograph you see below could either be considered an arbor or a pergola. They’re really the same thing. We think pergola sounds more appropriate for this project, which is anything but ordinary.

At the Porch Company, we use our traditional and time-tested building techniques that work while still catering to each homeowner’s style. This results in structures that not only last, but are truly custom. And this project was no exception! For example, you’ll notice in both the pergola picture below as well as in the interior porch photo that there is neither crown molding nor base molding on the columns. This is just one of the features, in addition to the overall design of the project, which keeps the home’s contemporary style intact.

slanted louver porch pergola

The open porch floor is sand-set travertine tiles. The color compliments the space while adding additional texture.

The truly distinctive feature about this pergola is the slanted louvers. Homeowners choose pergolas (or arbors) for two reasons. 1: the design element and 2: for shade. Normally, pergolas employ spaced, horizontal slats to provide the shade. The space between these slats determines the amount of shade the space will have. In this case, The Porch Company tried something new. And we think it turned out beautifully! As you can see, we chose to go with west-facing, slanted louvers. This design provides more sun protection while still allowing plenty of light to come through without seeing that striped pattern of light on the ground. The photo below is facing east showing that the porch gets plenty of indirect light.

Nashville pergola arbor angled louvers

In additional to the aesthetic finesse of the angled louvers, there are some functional benefits as well. The louvers are wood. Two of wood’s biggest enemies are water and direct sunlight. With the angle, the wood is much more resistant to the damaging effects of weather, because the louvers will not hold water. We work painstakingly to avoid allowing water to pool on wood.

In order to make the pergola low maintenance, we wrapped the columns in PVC. The PVC encases the wooden, structural posts. It can be painted if desired and it is impervious to the harsh effects of weather. You can tell by the photographs that the columns have the appearance of traditional white columns, yet have the added benefit of being low maintenance. We also used outdoor lights and fans that can be exposed to rain without issue.

Take another look at the screened porch above and try to identify the “added on” portion of the screened porch. This is one of the hallmarks of our design at The Porch Company. Whether we are adding on to your home or an existing porch, we match features, details, trim elements, and style to ensure your porch never looks added on.

In the photo below, you’ll see the interior of the porch. Notice that you can’t tell where the old porch’s beautiful slate tile ends and the new extended porch tile begins. (Hint: Closest to the frame is the old porch!). The tongue and groove ceiling is v-groove which is a more contemporary version of the traditional beadboard ceiling.

 

Nashville screened porch with slate tile floor

Below is a photo of the new porch section. Because of the narrowness of this section of the porch, we put in a sliding door to allow the homeowner more space to add furniture. And judging by the amazing frog art above their fireplace, these homeowners certainly have design ideas to incorporate. We can’t to see what they choose to add to this beautiful space!

Nashville screen porch open porch tile floor

If you’re looking for a pergola or arbor for your Nashville-area home, give us a call for a free consultation at 615-662-2886. We look forward to your call and to creating a great custom unique space for your home. If you live outside the Nashville area and you’re interested in purchasing some of the great custom porch components, please visit our Porch Store. We’re looking forward to adding more to our porch store so if you have a question or want to tell us about a porch component you’d like to see, email me personally at nancy@porchco.com.

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