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Innovation One Porch at a Time

One quick glance at this project and you can tell it is no ordinary Porch Company porch. With sleek lines and unique materials, this beautiful pergola is an example of several firsts. In order to create new innovations, it is crucial for us to have homeowners that are positive and willing to experiment. We could not have found a better example than with the couple that owns this home. With every unique request—we came up with a new solution.


“Now I want to be clear—we have never done this before. But I think we can make it work and look beautiful. Are you open to that?”

“Let’s do it!”

And so we did.

Our traditional wood lathes that we would normally use for an arbor were replaced with powder coated aluminum. This was a result of the homeowners request to use as many low-maintenance materials as possible. These photographs were taken in the morning and you can see that beautiful morning light streaming in. In the afternoon, these lathes (which are slanted to block the western sun) will provide more shade.


These homeowners had a beautiful backyard and they wanted full visibility. So our solution was to use a cable railing.

“Well what about using something low maintenance for the cap rail?”

“Well,” we said, “We’ve never done this before either–but what about using square aluminum tubing? That should match nicely with the cable rail.” So we created an aluminum cap rail which we sanded down to create a unique texture that wouldn’t collect fingerprints.railing-stone-metal-cable-detail-mar-14

Another problem was that the clients did have neighbors on one side. Our solution to create more privacy was to add shutters. The slanted louvers in the shutters tied in with the arbor for a seamless look.

We used Azek decking for the flooring, once again to use as many low-maintenance materials as possible, and we built these large stone piers to tie into the rest of the house.

porch-arbor-open-air-custom-double-doors-mar-14And what about space for a grill? This was a must for the homeowners, however they said they didn’t want the grill to be visible. So we built a set of (once again louvered) doors that lead out to a small platform that was just the right size for a grill.

Last but definitely not least, the homeowners were dealing with a set of large rotted wooden carriage doors leading to their basement. This was right around the time we were experimenting with our large PVC gates. “Well,” we thought, “Why can’t we just make the doors out of PVC?”.

So we laminated two sheets of PVC together with glass at the top for a beautiful set of PVC doors that will not rot, warp or twist. They hang and swing beautifully and once again—we had an experiment gone right!


It is important for us at The Porch Company to be always innovating. Remember, this is your project and your vision. We just help that come to life.


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