In our previous blog, we discussed the variety of porch ceiling choices, and how a ceiling can greatly impact your porch’s overall design aesthetic. The Porch Company often utilizes skylights in our porch ceiling designs – for a few reasons.
If you are considering adding a roofed structure to the back of your home, you have likely considered how that will impact the look of your home from the outside. Have you thought about how a roof that provides shade on your porch will also provide shade for the interior of your home?
While a new porch can greatly reduce hot evening sun from coming through your west-facing windows, and even lower your energy bill in the summer, you might still wish to keep ample natural light flowing through your windows. For this reason, many of our porches are designed to include skylights. Porch skylights are a fantastic solution for keeping needed daylight both on your porch and inside your home. They look great too!
All of the porches you see below are custom-designed and built by The Porch Company. We do not build porches with ventilating skylights. For our porches, we use Velux products, which are the upper echelon of porch skylights. Velux skylights will keep your porch watertight with proper installation by The Porch Company.
Even though this exposed rafter porch ceiling is painted a light, neutral tone to keep the porch feeling bright, the addition of skylights keeps it even brighter. Notice this skylight is long and slender, which perfectly fits the space between the roof framing, requiring no cuts into the beams or additional framing to accommodate those cuts.
This custom screened porch features a bright, airy design aesthetic with widescreen openings, light paint, and skylights. This porch is one example of how a space can feel cozy and open at the same time. With lower, flat ceilings, skylights can help accomplish a grander aesthetic like that of a vaulted ceiling.
This flat porch ceiling features a painted wood tongue and groove finish, false beams, and beautiful skylights. False beams are how The Porch Company can achieve an open beam aesthetic on porches like this one, where the structural beams and rafters are enclosed behind the flat ceiling.
This porch takes on a very formal aesthetic with a traditional flat v-groove ceiling, painted a fresh white. This porch has skylights atop the built-in kitchen area, perfect for better visibility for food prep, but they also add a very attractive custom design aesthetic. These are also venting skylights– to allow smoke from the grill to waft up and away.
This porch is a perfect example of maintaining proper daylight inside the home after the addition of a porch roof. These skylights were purposely placed close to home’s doors and windows to achieve that goal. The ceiling is finished in v-groove tongue and groove, painted white, which again, offers a very bright and open porch aesthetic.
Have you always wanted a porch, but have been afraid it will make your home too dark? Let The Porch Company design and build the perfect porch for your home, complete with skylights! Call us at 615-663-2886 or visit our design studio. We would love to meet with you to discuss your porch needs!