These pictures of our recent Green Hills screened porch project, drive home one overriding fact about the work we do: the details make the porch.
If you step back and take in this screened porch as a whole, several descriptions might come to mind: elegant, soothing, large, spacious, airy, orderly, inviting, serene. Feel free to add your descriptions to this list. You simply know you would feel right at home on this handsome porch. You imagine the homeowners must be proud of it, and rightly so!
Each of these overall impressions are the result of The Porch Company’s careful attention to detail as we designed and built this screened porch. Take the railing around the porch, for example – also called a knee wall. If you’re familiar with American architectural styles, you’ll recognize this railing design as Craftsman style.
Look closely at the exterior, the white porch railing, white framing to support the porch screens, and white trim on the porch skirting. You might think they are all made of the same wood, painted white. In fact, the railing is made up of our Craftsman PVC panel inserts. Yes! The Porch Company makes these panels from 1″ or 1.5″-thick solid cellular PVC. The homeowners will never need to paint this low-maintenance material (unless they desire a color other than white).
Note: If you live outside the Nashville, TN, area and cannot visit our store in person, you can purchase our PVC panel inserts through our online PorchCo store.
Now that you’ve looked at the PVC Craftsman-style railings and observed how they blend right in with the white wood trim around the porch exterior, notice the screen door. Simple and understated, it looks like painted wood, but it’s actually made of solid cellular PVC like the railing panels. You might assume fitting the screen door with this PVC Craftsman panel insert, and lining it up perfectly with the porch railing, was a breeze. Oh, no. Meticulously matching the railing on the door with that along the knee wall took some doing. We just make it look easy! If you like this screen door, consider it a preview of coming attractions, because it’s a new product we’re developing for the PorchCo store. We plan to offer it for sale online … someday!
Do you see how the color of the wood skirting along the bottom of the porch complements the tones of the homeowners’ paver patio? Can you tell that we stained the porch stair treads to match the treads of the floors? It’s a very different look – and just one of the many details that ties the project together to create its pleasing aesthetic.
The stair rail also features our Craftsman PVC panel inserts. The top of the stair railing, where your hand touches, is made with an AZEK floorboard to eliminate any worry of splintering. AZEK is also made of PVC, it’s low-maintenance, and it won’t warp, crack, or splinter. Do you like the handsome posts at the ends of the stair rail? These are fashioned with our Hermitage PVC cap and sleeve, another low-maintenance PVC product with the look of painted wood. This post cap and sleeve are also available in the PorchCo online store.
Before we go inside the screened porch for a look around, the exterior view from the opposite side deserves our attention. Notice the roof over the double windows and the way we aligned our porch to take that gutter line straight out. That is important! All of the gutter lines look original to the home, and they all line up. Again, while you might not notice these details, each one plays an important role in achieving the high quality that’s built into every Porch Company porch.
On a warm, buggy day in Green Hills, TN, all anybody wants is to be inside the screened-in porch. That’s the whole point, right? With screens to keep the insects out and ceiling fans to stir up a continuous breeze, this is why we are here.
Our porch floor is made of tongue-and-groove cypress, our favorite. We stained it a deep, rich color, and you’ll see that stain repeated in the accents throughout the porch – namely the rafter ties and king posts overhead.
We incorporated a unique design into the wall over the interior door and windows. Instead of running the boards horizontally, which is conventional, we arranged them in a herringbone pattern. Just a tiny detail – which is our theme today, after all!
As you scan the porch interior, you’ll notice several finishing touches that are essential for our clients who desire indoor comforts, outdoors. We’re talking about ceiling fans, of course, and classic lantern-style light fixtures. Mounted up toward the ceiling you can identify speakers for the sound system and yes, another favorite, Solaira infrared heaters.
While we don’t make these heaters or sell them ourselves, we recommend and install Solaira heaters in practically every porch we build. These heaters offer an immensely practical solution to the problem of cold air streaming in through porch screens in the cooler months. Infrared heaters are quite effective outdoors because it’s not the air they heat. The heaters send out waves of invisible infrared light that warms anything it touches, keeping our clients comfortable.
The homeowners have achieved an uncluttered look by limiting the porch furnishings to a dining table and chairs and one of our Porch Company bed swings. They selected the Craftsman style bed swing in pine, stained black. We absolutely love these bed swings, which we build ourselves, and you can purchase them … you guessed it – through our online PorchCo store. We also offer bed swings made of teak or solid cellular PVC.
Would your Green Hills, TN, home benefit from a new screened porch as elegant and functional as the one you see here? If you’re ready to let 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!