Grilling, seating, eating, soaking and therapy are just a few of the ways this new outdoor living area is used
Porches are not just about roof pitches, material selections and amenity options. They’re about matching the infinite number of options and appropriate technical solutions with the personal tastes, preferences and lifestyle desires of the homeowner. Building the perfect porch requires not only the perfect porch builder but a porch builder that takes that skill, artistry and keen eyes and ears to match wants with appropriate design and desires with functional features. With every porch we build, homeowners share things like how they plan to eat outside and the activities they’d like to enjoy in their new outdoor space. Many of our customers reach out to us later sharing telling us additional benefits of their porch. This homeowner shared a unique unintended benefit. When she and her friends gather on the porch, it becomes their personal therapy porch.
Let’s take a virtual tour of this new screened porch, open porch and outdoor kitchen starting with the outdoor kitchen. The kitchen is built with ample space both for serving and for outdoor dining. The L-shaped PVC outdoor kitchen unit includes loads of cabinetry. Imagine an outdoor kitchen that both stands up to the elements and has enough storage for implements, dishes and everything you need for hosting an outdoor event. Appliances include a large built-in Alfresco stainless steel outdoor grill and a True outdoor refrigerator along with an Alfresco burner cook top. The homeowners worked with Embers, a store here in Nashville’s Brentwood. Owners Zach and Crystal Watson take customer service very seriously. Enter their store and you are at once greeted by friendly and caring staff that walk you through matching your outdoor living style with equipment to fit your needs. Zach and Crystal also joined this party to show the homeowners how to utilize all the new functionality with their new equipment.
From the outdoor kitchen, you have a view of this stately porch with elevated ceilings and a stunning crowned doorway. Meeting the porch walls at an angle, the door has additional posts and transoms defining the entrance by pointing out the grand roof height while still welcoming owners and guests through the framed custom-built screened door.
Take a look at a close up of the entrance. The complimenting exterior lantern style lights and the interior hanging lighting draw you into the new room.
Moving inside, you can see how the porch transoms compliment the transoms on the home’s exterior wall. In fact, the homeowners had been thinking about adding a porch for years and had a number of companies out to propose a design to would work with the home’s rooflines, doors, transoms and other custom features. Up until our meeting, they were never satisfied with the other design options.
You’ll have to look closely to notice it but on the far side of this screened porch is an additional open porch complete with a hot tub. That open air section has a walk-through from the screened porch and is the spa section of this three-part outdoor living space. In a moment, you’ll get another view of that section.
Take a look at the room’s interior from the stone-facade corner fireplace to the gently muted slipcovered furniture and tranquil accents. Now picture your 2 or 3 or 5 best friends sitting with you on your porch. Feet tucked under and a few toasts are often made to celebrate good news. Assuredly, whatever show is on TV will have nothing on the great stories being told by the dear friends surrounding each other. In fact, that’s why this homeowner’s friends call this new room their personal therapy porch.
Remember that spa porch we mentioned? It was the one that was barely noticed from the inside? Take a look at the view from the spa side. Looking at the house connection from this view, you’ll appreciate the significant complexity in designing a space to work with the home’s existing architecture. This covered deck has a roof section that extends from the height of the porch. Notice how deftly the corner fireplace stone blends into the far wall. Too often you’ll see a porch fireplace that looks great from the inside but looks like a sore thumb from the outside. Speaking of designing to promote and/or limit visibility, iron railings on the spa porch side to allow visibility out into the yard.
If you’re considering adding a screened porch, open porch, outdoor kitchen or other space to your Nashville area home, give us a call for a free consultation at 615-662-2886. We look forward to your call!