Every once in a while, The Porch Company takes on a project that’s a little different from designing and building porches. At this magnificent home in the West Meade area of Nashville, we accepted the challenge of screening these beautiful arched openings. We also needed to create a matching screen door for the center arch. The project was a departure from those we usually accept because the structure of the open porch was already in place. We focused completely on designing and installing custom screens to fill the openings.
Looking at these arches, we can’t decide which view is more beautiful, that from the outside or from the inside. From the outside looking toward the home, you see the symmetry of the elegant arched openings. They seem to convey a tantalizing air that suggests mystery and intrigue. From the inside looking out, these arched windows frame the exquisite landscape perfectly. The effect is breathtaking.
The homeowners felt they would get more use and enjoyment from this open porch if it were screened. This style of open porch is also called a loggia, a covered exterior gallery with the outer wall open to the elements. The clients stipulated that the screen design needed to complement the home and the back yard. Understanding that we would create wood frames within the arches to support the screens, they asked that it look like fine millwork. Challenge accepted!
We chose Sapele wood to frame these stunning, custom screens. We’ve had great success with Sapele over the time that we have been offering it to our clients. The uniform texture and natural luster of this African wood has earned our respect
Our romantic design features an inner arch and outer arch, with a double door in the center pair of arches. While these three brick arches appear to be exactly the same size, they are not. We were able to cut the wood with extreme accuracy with our new Computer Numerical Control (CNC) router.
This project required using a lot of technology! In addition to the CNC router, we also used the technology of measuring details off of a photograph. What’s interesting but sometimes overlooked is that all this amazing technology is useless without skilled craftsmen to join the parts. Thanks to the pairing of a craftsman’s artistry and technology’s precision, the results here are perfect. The screen doors match the arched openings and integrate perfectly.
Sapele wood does not bend, so we had to laminate the wood and cut out each wooden arch individually. For our custom joinery, we used a spline between any two pieces of wood, using a dowel. With joinery like this, the pieces will never come apart. We are pleased with how tight this project is and how pretty the wood is.
For the screening material, we used a heavy-duty fiberglass screen. We chose this because it’s quite strong and doesn’t diminish the view. The finished project frames the views beautifully and doesn’t negatively impact the scene in any way.
This unique project is a great example of the versatility The Porch Company offers in our custom design services menu. We took an already beautiful space and added functionality, charisma, and protection to keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay. Overall, it was a difficult job but we did it! The clients are thrilled with the results, and so are we.
Do you have a porch-related design challenge for us? If 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!