There are so many architectural and design factors to consider when designing and building a porch ceiling. These include the shape of the roof, the roof pitch, the ceiling design, the rafter aesthetics, and the ceiling beams. We’ve put together a baker’s dozen photos showing different beams on porch ceilings that we’ve built here at The Porch Company. Enjoy this photo blog. Keep coming back to our blog as we continue to explore porch design features, considerations, and options to help you in determining your preferences for when you commission The Porch Company to build your new Nashville-area porch.
The horizontal beams you see in the image below are called rafter ties. Using rafter ties is a signature of The Porch Company ceilings. These structural members provide framing for the roof but yet provide the perfect canvas for lighting and for fans. We love to put lights above the rafter ties facing up toward the ceiling. This allows the eye to enjoy the ceiling’s beauty. The light pointing at the ceiling will naturally also spill back down into the porch to provide more romantic lighting. In the picture below, the room lighting is provided by the two fans with lights hanging from the collar ties.
The photo below shows rafter ties like the photo above.
This beautiful front portico has a high pitched gable roof with a lovely arched rafter tie. The contrasting dark beadboard ceiling makes a stunning statement for this home’s entrance.
The trellis you see below has a stunning circular arch. Creating such an arch using the timbers represented an engineering feat. We are passionate about creating the right space and challenge ourselves constantly to overcome the architectural challenges required to make the perfect structure come to life.
Below you see a hip roof screened porch ceiling. The collar ties for this ceiling are in a t-shape for visual interest. The dark color provides contrast to the light-colored room to further enhance the visual interest.
The pergola below uses structural timbers. Timbers are thicker and also more expensive than beams or built-up timbers. Timbers provide a heavier look that could be described either as more masculine or more old-world.
These lovely beams make up a timber framed hip roof with king posts.
The ceiling below is an enclosed bead-board ceiling with can lights built into the ceiling. Both the rafter ties and the ceiling are painted a mint green which is unique and creates a very soothing feel.
Below you see a porch with rafter ties stained dark brown and a whitewash ceiling. You have seen above that we often use starkly contrasting elements for visual interest and based on our clients’ interests and design preferences. Another one of the darker colored elements of this porch is the use of the shutters. When you have a gable roof with screening in the gable end, this allows a lot more light in but also allows more water in during the rain. The shutters in the transoms provide some rain protection from blowing rain.
In the porch below, you’ll see a beam that goes from the front of the porch back to the house. These beams are not structural; we added them strictly for aesthetic.
Below you’ll see a flat roof which you don’t see as often these days. You can see how lovely a flat roof can be. The supporting beams are painted white and the tongue-and-groove boards are whitewashed. This provides dimension for the flat roof.
If you are considering adding a screened porch to your Nashville area home, give us a call at 615-662-2886. We look forward to providing a free consultation.