Porch living can be quite a visual experience

Take a look at the beautiful home pictured here. Inset beautifully between the 2 gables is a new screened porch we just finished in the Nashville area. Can you believe the screened porch is a new room and has just been added? It looks like it has been there all along. That’s by design.

At the Porch Company, we believe that porch living is a lifestyle experience. It’s about the smells, the sounds and about the way the cool air feels in your nose when you take a huge breath. We’ve even gone as far as using porch as a verb. “It’s going to be a great night. We’re porching it.” Or, “let’s porch”!

While we can’t control the sounds of birds, the rustle of trees or the cool breeze that graces your arms when the late day temperatures yield to the setting sun; we can ensure to capture the best views the space has to offer. We consider every aspect of your porch view whether you’re looking from the inside or from the outside.

Let’s take a look at all the great views of this project starting with the view as you enter the backyard from the driveway. As you draw near the back yard, in front of you is an enclosed area elegantly fashioned to grace the traverse from the driveway into the backyard. Afar in the back of the yard is a lovely garden building. All looks like it has always been here. You may wonder why we’re showing you this view. In fact, this enclosed area, the garden building and the porch were all added at the same time to complete this backyard design.

Let’s swing around the other side of this enclosed area. Voila!

This beautiful gated area, including swinging doors nearly 5 feet high, nestles what would otherwise be the eternal eyesore in any side yard – the trash cans. Using custom PVC gates from the Porch Company, this family’s rubbish storage is now an elegant stately gated structure as you enter the back yard.

Swing all the way to the back of the yard, in plain view from inside the porch, is a custom-designed and built garden shed using our PVC railing panels for a widow’s walk. The free-standing garden building comes complete with a miniature-sized front porch with columns to match the porch and double doors for easy access for wheelbarrows and garden supplies.

Now let’s take a look at the porch itself…

This picture, taken with a drone, shows the porch tucked in between two gable roofs and the 2nd story dormer.  You can see the gated trash can area over to the left. Looking at the porch, you notice the stately cream-colored columns. Visually set back from your view are the screened wall sections. Utilizing brown as a contrasting color, we visually emphasize the columns to maintain the stately grandeur of all of their outdoor living spaces.

From inside the screened porch, you enjoy the same effect of the columns that are pronounced through the subtle contrast of lightly colored columns contrasting with the darker colored screened walls.

Taking a look around the interior of this porch you’ll notice how bright and airy the space is. There is often a misconception that flat ceiling porches will be dark and dreary. Not the case at all! While this screened porch boasts 2 skylights, there are several other features of this design that make this space bright, airy, cheerful, welcoming and enchanting. First, the ceiling is quite elevated. The second story windows above this porch restricted the ability to use an alternate style roof but not our ability to elevate this roof quite significantly. You can see the transom screened sections which further the airiness of the room. One final factor to help with the brightness of this screened porch is the painted brick. Our clients often wonder if they should paint the brick inside their screened porch area. We absolutely recommend this. It gives the room more of an interior feel while adding some great visual interest with the house wall texture.

Sitting on the Craftsman Porch Swing Bed, you see there is also a beautiful view looking back toward the sunroom. The screened porch wall is built to complement the sunroom wall with the high ceiling and transom area. One final element you may never notice are the doors that lead to the house. Previously, they were sliding doors. We not only replaced those with French doors, but we also added the arched transom to pull the whole space together.

One more great view that can be enjoyed during the day is the reflection of the yard in the French doors. At The Porch Company, we consider every last detail of your Nashville porch experience so you can porch in classic style and terrific function.

If you’re considering adding a screened porch to your Nashville area home, give us a call for a free consultation. If you live outside the Nashville area and you’re considering adding porch railing, new outdoor gates, screen doors or a beautiful new Porch Bed Swing to your home, visit our Porch Store to purchase online.

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