“You’ve got to see these!” J. Paul Moore said, almost bouncing with energy and shoving a large, black box into my hand as soon as I walked in the door. Paul is the photographer for all Porch Company projects and also happens to be my dad. Because of this, I know his profound love for coffee and assumed his wound up demeanor was from one too many double espressos. But as I opened the box and began leafing through the large prints, I realized where his true excitement came from.
This is one of those projects that really puts me in awe of the people of The Porch Company. From the designer Keith Rice to the carpenters to my dad to the homeowners themselves, the culmination of talent makes this screened porch so much more than just that. It is a work of art, built not only structurally sound but beautifully detailed to match the rest of the home.
This screened porch is a perfect example of an extension that not only adds to the attractiveness of a home, but compliments it. From the color of the stained wood to the green roof line and gutters that match the home’s original window sills, no detail of this project was unplanned.
If you’ll look closely at the photograph above, you can see that the grid pattern around the screen and door match the home’s window and door style to the right. The gable roof that you see here also matched the roof on the opposite side of the house.
Let’s take a step through the adorable custom swinging gate up the few stairs to the door which also boasts this matching grid and picket design. The inside of this porch is just as endearing as the out. The double doors over the custom mantel cleverly hide the television. The raised hearth and masonry fireplace make the perfect focal point leading upwards to the beautiful exposed rafter ceiling. The homeowners decorated the space perfectly. Notice the perfectly placed wine and glasses out on the table. Sigh. Don’t you want to be sitting by that fireplace sipping that wine with a good book as badly as I do?
This porch has enough space for a seating area by the fire in addition to a dining room table for six. Notice even the grid pattern on the light fixtures matches the porch design.
In the photos below, you can see an adorable built-in bench next to a small landing with two stairs up to the door into the house (also, notice the unique railing design in this one section!). This landing is in place because the porch floor was set lower than the house to provide this larger screened opening. This wasn’t the only challenge Keith faced as he designed this project. There was also an existing stone wall below the porch that the owners wanted to keep. Because this wasn’t structural, The Porch Company’s talented Franklin team had to cantilever the porch to keep it structurally sound. But enough technical mumbo-jumbo! Just sit back, relax, pretend you’re sitting by that fireplace drinking that glass of wine, and let these pictures speak for themselves.