Close your eyes, and imagine for a moment, the porch of your dreams. Consider the refinements you might choose. Think of the luxurious colors, textures, and accommodations that would all add up to your perfect outdoor haven. Now, open your eyes, and see how your dream porch compares to this wonderful Porch Company outdoor living design. It all begins with a concept and continues to a design plan. See the three separate outdoor living spaces defined in our floorplan.
Custom deck and porch design by The Porch Company
This classic brick home provided the perfect canvas for a new Porch Company outdoor living design. These clients had an existing deck, which required replacing. Rather than building a new deck in place of the old one, they decided to upgrade to a screened porch and deck design – a fabulously-reimagined space of respite by their backyard pool.
This Green Hills TN screened porch is adorned with substantial cypress columns, which these homeowners chose to stain, rather than paint. The earthen stain is very complementary to the natural surroundings and the brick color on the home. Classic wooden screen doors with a picket infill panel mimic the aesthetic of the porch and deck railing. The decorative rectangular lighted glass sconces add a touch of modern refinement to the rustic cypress columns.
Green Hills TN screened porch door and decorative sconce detail
A porch of this size is sure to please anyone, who dreams of a wide-open design concept. From this angle, you can see the view from the gable porch area to the flat-roof area. This porch has 5/4 pressure-treated flooring, a traditional approach to porch flooring in lieu of composite products. One interesting design aspect of the porch is the placement of windows on the back gable. We added these windows because there are second-story windows on the home, which would have been blocked by porch gable. Now, when you look out those second-story windows, you look through the porch’s rear gable windows and out through the front open gable of the porch. The flat-roof area of the screened porch required the use of larger beams, so we placed them farther apart than the standard 2-ft. on-center. To maintain a fluid design aesthetic, we used the same size beams and placement in the vaulted-ceiling area. The beam size is 5”x8” and they were placed 4-ft. on-center.
Wide-open porch spaces in Green Hills TN
This Green Hills porch lacks for nothing in areas of form or function. It will be kept warm and cozy on cool days with the radiant heating mounted on the rafters and outdoor fireplace. Imagine a crisp fall morning in front of the fire with coffee in-hand! The railing was created with wood framing and low-profile, powder-coated aluminum pickets for great visibility from within the porch.
Beauty and function – your porch can have both with The Porch Company
These homeowners had an existing wood-burning outdoor fireplace. The Porch Company added a stone hearth and a mantel, specifically to install electrical wiring for mounting a TV. We brought the wiring through the columns and into the mantel, which has a center bump-out for this accommodation.
Classic brick porch fireplace with stone hearth and custom mantel by The Porch Company
This photo was taken from the back of the flat-roof porch. You will notice the dual-tone open rafter ceiling design with lap-board backing, additional ceiling fan, and architectural lighted glass fixture. Here you also have a great view of the porch skylights in this area of the porch. Since this part of the porch required a flat ceiling, which detracted from the natural light entry, we added two large skylights close to the home’s rear entry. This will not only allow for light to flow into the porch, but it will keep the interior of the home from being too dark, as well.
Flat-roof porch with skylights in Green Hills TN
Here you have a different view of the porch, from the flat-roof dining area into the vaulted ceiling living space. Notice the large cypress-wrapped support columns. The column detail on the wall houses electrical wiring for the lights, heating, and ceiling fans. The two columns together created a fantastic nook for firewood storage right on the porch. We achieved the dual-tone ceiling aesthetic not by using two different colors, but by diluting the stain mixture with water for the ceiling and gable application. This creates a stain that is a few shades lighter than the beams and really makes them stand out. Here you will see the screened gable windows.
Expansive open rafter porch design in Green Hills TN
This view is the opposite of the photo above and gives you an idea of the great lighting that permeates the interior of the porch through extra-wide screened openings.
This porch interior is awash with light, even under the shorter flat roof
The exterior of this Green Hills TN outdoor living design looks like a page from a whimsical children’s storybook. The lush vegetation flanks the porch in a manner of decoration and protection, which creates a feeling of privacy and security. Sconce lighting adorns the exterior of the columns for function and designer appeal.
The porch exterior looks like it was pulled from the page of a fairytale
The custom gable trim detail is a testament to one of the ways The Porch Company can make your outdoor living space like no other. This porch also features lateral wood skirting with an access door for under-porch storage.
Custom wood gable trim and lateral porch skirting with access door
This porch features an open-air deck space, which is ideal for grilling. One of the great design details on the deck is the sleeves that we installed over the railing posts. More than just a standard square PVC post sleeve, you will notice that this one features a 45° angle corner-mount detail.
This outdoor living design includes a functional grill deck
Are you ready to enjoy a dreamy new outdoor living space for your Nashville area home? Let The Porch Company design and build the perfect screened porch 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!