Is your old deck brown and out?
Most of our clients have an existing outdoor space which most frequently is an older deck. If they’re calling the Porch Company, they have decided they’re interested in adding a porch. These Green Hills homeowners had a very large wood deck that was somewhat aged. It was completely functional but seemed like a sea of brown which was in stark contrast with the contemporary styling throughout their home’s interior. Take a look at the before picture below and you’ll see what we mean about the darker colored and somewhat outdated existing deck.
The back of the home had a series of beautiful and very current French sliding doors. Through the doors, you can see the contemporary styling in the interior in the image below. You’ll also see the homeowners’ flair for decorating using starkly contrasting shades.
Enough of the before pictures, let’s take a look at the transformation! The deck was generously sized, large enough to accommodate adding a porch on one side and having some deck to spare on the other side. With some foundation reinforcement, we were able to build directly atop a portion of the existing deck. Look at the picture below and you won’t believe how those beautiful French sliding doors have been integrated into the new screened porch. The porch includes a color pallet in gray, white and black for a contemporary yet soothing aesthetic in their new room.
Below is another view of the French doors from another angle. There are several fabulous design details in the picture below that you might not notice at first glance. You can see that the space between their home and the neighbor’s home is limited necessitating some creative privacy features. Bahama shutters, painted black, serve the dual purpose of creating privacy while at the same time acting as a design element complimenting the linear aesthetic of the doors. Below the Bahama shutters, you’ll see a couple slender bronze horizontal bars. This is somewhat of an optical illusion. You’ll see in photos below that the kneewall on the entire porch is the same height. This is the only wall that requires additional railing height to meet code. In order to comply and not sacrifice the unified look of a continuous wall, we added the horizontal bronze spindles to do the job.
In the next image below, you can see how the low kneewall continues not only throughout the entire porch but even continues with the door. At the Porch Company, we custom craft every door not only in our porches but also all the porch doors on our store. This allows us to achieve design objectives such as a matching kneewall height and pattern. With this door, we also matched the sensibility of the design with the wide screened opening. The door is sturdy in construction, classic in design and custom matched to this porch. The owners added a lovely touch in painting the door a dark gray for another great pop of color.
Below is a view of the far end of the porch. You can see that even after adding this porch atop the old deck, there is plenty of existing deck to spare. This provides outdoor living in both a covered and full sun environment. A couple things you may not notice at first glance include the painted brick house wall. Homeowners are sometimes tentative about painting their brick house wall. You can see the light colored paint brightens up the room and also gives more of an interior feel to the space. You will also notice the high screened transoms above the additionally large screened openings. When we take a look at the porch exterior down below, you’ll see one of the reasons for this design.
As promised, the image below of the porch exterior provides additional insight to designing a porch with this much height. At the Porch Company, we always make sure to match soffit lines to ensure our porches look original to the home. Not only is the elevation matched, but the soffit design, colors and materials are sourced to match the existing home. For this home, we selected a hip roof to match the hip roof of the home. Roof styles don’t always need to match provided that they complement the existing home and achieve other functional and aesthetic objectives. This home also had a very steep hip roof. Utilizing a steep hip roof with matching roof tiles ensured this porch looked like it was always there.
Speaking of the steep hip roof, we wanted to ensure the visual interest of the ceiling from inside the porch. There are several design and structural features that ensured this ceiling design fit the bill. Looking toward the center of the picture, you’ll see track lights pointing up at the ceiling. Utilizing this technique, the light reflects off the ceiling and dances down into the room below as a soft gentle brightening of the space. The open rafters are painted with the same light color to give this bright and airy room even more of an open feel. The double ceiling fans provide the same color contrast motif utilized throughout the rest of the porch design. Finally, a pair of long skylights ensure even more light dances into this room.
As you can see, professional porch design takes so many factors into consideration. These include style, size, height, screened areas, rafters, light and more. When you have your initial consultation with the Porch Company, we work with you to interpret your living objectives into the perfect porch for your family and for your home. If you live in the Nashville area, give us a call for a free consultation at 615-663-2886. If you live outside the Nashville area, take a look at all of the great porch components available on our e-commerce store. You’ll find everything from porch doors to railings to our signature porch bed swings.