A Porch Company porch is never really just a porch, and this recent project backs that statement up. This backyard design includes a screened porch and an open patio. These Franklin Tennessee homeowners have a truly customized space in all aspects – from the unique design aesthetic to the desired functionality of both spaces. Let’s take a look at the fine outdoor living this family has in store in their brand new space – or pair of spaces if you will.
This gorgeous screened porch is anchored by a bluestone floor, installed in an ashlar pattern. Bluestone is a durable, natural material for outdoor living. If you have ever wondered if an outdoor material can be both rustic and elegant at once, bluestone offers an emphatic YES. Perhaps the only thing standard about this porch is the typical 6”x6” pressure-treated laminated or glued-up porch posts with which it is constructed. You’ll notice this porch has a classic beadboard knee wall, which extends to 24” in height. The porch has a classic hip roof with an open rafter design and dramatically-contrasting stained wood beams. For ultimate comfort, this porch includes a ventless, gas-burning fireplace, as well as radiant heating. These homeowners also chose to offer their beautiful sanctuary UV protection by installing sun-filtering shades in their screened openings.
Your new screened porch design doesn’t have to extend to complementary patio design, but this family chose to turn their backyard design inside-out. Often, we build porches, which extend to a deck. For this ground-level porch, a patio was the perfect complement. We continued the bluestone flooring out onto the patio, also oriented in an ashlar pattern. The now decorative boulder on the left was excavated from this family’s yard when space was being created for their new outdoor living area. The screened porch doors are PorchCo sapele wood with natural stain, which offer a lovely warm tone to the dusky and light hues in the space. What cannot be seen in the photo, but is truly important, is the water diversion between the hip roof of the porch and the roof on the home by way of a cricket. This disallows water from gathering where the two roofs meet.
In this alternate view of the porch exterior, notice the outside of the cultured stone wall of the fireplace. The absence of a chimney denotes that a fireplace is ventless. If you didn’t note where the chimney should be, that is because at The Porch Company, we tuck exterior ventless fireplace walls beneath the roof eave. Nothing looks out of place on this porch’s exterior close-up!
Not only does the bluestone carry from within the porch to the patio right outside – it goes all the way to there, wrapping around the home with a functional walkway.
If you love dining outdoors, there is no place like a screened porch to take in a meal with loved ones. This Porch Company design offers itself up beautifully for a farmhouse table, bench seating and décor. The sconce lighting will provide an air of ambiance day or night in the space. Here once again, you will note the rich Sapele wood panel doors, which tie in beautifully with the table.
The extended interior view of this lovely porch really showcases the overall design with all elements in view. From the beautiful beams to the fabulous tones in the natural bluestone floors, and back to the stacked stone fireplace, this is a porch to envy. What you don’t see in this photo is electrical wiring going to the TV. At The Porch Company, our porch TVs have their wiring hidden behind the mantels. This mantel, by the way, is the very popular hand-hewn finish mantel.
Are you ready to create a designer outdoor living design for your home? Allow The Porch Company design and build the perfect outdoor living pair for your home! Call us at 615-662-2886 or visit our design studio. We would love to meet with you to discuss your porch needs!