When we visited this south Nashville home, one thing stood out – or perhaps a few things regarding the home’s existing roofline. The area where we were to build the new screened porch was flanked by different roof types and heights. The center shed roof, where the porch would go, was certainly shorter than we imagined accommodating for the space. The Porch Company went to work creating a custom design, which saw us successfully raising that roofline into a gable and connecting to it with a hip-roof porch.
— South Nashville home before porch addition.
The backyard of the home is elevated, as the entire lot slopes downward from back to front. In order to build the porch on the ground level of the back entrance, we dug into the earth, which created a sunken porch floor. We built concrete stem walls on three sides of the porch, and finished the porch floor in concrete, as well.
— South Nashville screened porch design by The Porch Company.
Inside, the concrete also offers a clean, natural aesthetic in lieu of using materials, such as stacked stone or brick. Concrete is a great solution for a space that requires retention walls, and it’s affordable and beautiful. Also essential to such a porch design, where elevation exists, is properly re-directing potential water runoff. We achieved this with the porch gutters leading to an all-new drainage system beneath the downspouts.
— Concrete stem wall and drainage – must-have solutions for this sloping backyard.
You’ll notice that the gable roof to the left of the porch sits lower than the porch’s roof. For this reason, we carried the gutter from the right-hand roof on the main home to our porch roof.
— Sunken screened porch design in south Nashville.
From this view, you will notice the slope of the property much more. When walking from the home’s parking area to the porch entry, you descend in elevation. To accommodate this, we poured concrete steps leading into the porch. Here, you will also see we built a breezeway with its own roof that expands from the home about six feet. We then created an all-new roof for the screened porch – as you can see the porch roof is not attached to the main roofline of the home. As a truly custom porch design firm, The Porch Company can offer artful solutions, which is especially important when considering the best way to attach the porch to the home. The breezeway offers two points of entry on either side of the porch – either from the parking area or from the backyard.
— Thoughtfully planned porch entry, customized to the home and property.
The clean lines of the concrete stem wall play into the overall porch aesthetic. The space is bright and has a modern edge, where many porches lean toward a more rustic aesthetic. The exposed rafter ceiling in this hip-roof porch has intricate detailing but is well-played in this beautifully understated outdoor living space.
— New screened porch interior in south Nashville, TN.
In this photo, you will see the difference the new breezeway makes to the back entrance of the home. We raised the roofline over this door and created our gable-roof breezeway area to facilitate the new porch attachment to the home. Designer lighting and fresh white paint give a clean and simple aesthetic.
— An impactful designer appeal was afforded this home with the breezeway addition.
Black lanterns are the perfect compliment to the screened porch posts throughout this space. They are striking against the white paint with vintage Edison bulbs for warm lighting.
— Fresh and modern screened porch design in south Nashville.
This screened porch offers adequate room for both sitting and dining areas. Right outside the door, you will notice this family has a great exterior patio grilling nook, which will give them direct access to their outdoor dining table when dinner is served.
Are you ready for an inspired screened porch design for your Nashville area home? Let The Porch Company design and build the perfect screened porch for your home! Call us at 615-662-2886 or visit our design studio. We would love to meet with you to discuss your porch needs!