If you’ve ever wanted to see a porch with all the bells and whistles, this is the one. Today’s featured project in West Nashville, TN, handsomely blends creativity and technology with elegance and whimsy.
The Porch Company designed and built this double porch, deck, under-deck and kids’ playhouse combination project with several custom features. We also incorporated some of our favorite products such as our hollowed-out timber mantel that hides wiring for your electronics. The timber mantel is one of the innovative products The Porch Company developed out of necessity. You can now purchase one of these gems through our PorchCo store. Previously they’ve only been available to clients for whom we built porches in the Nashville area.
Don’t be confused if you see a second deck above the first one in the photos. The top deck was already there when we started our project. Everything else you see here was added by us.
What’s a Double Porch?
A double porch is an extra-large porch, technically one big room but functioning as two outdoor rooms. The two areas within this screened porch are designed and furnished as separate spaces.
What makes this a double porch is that the two sides each have a different roof style. In the case of this West Nashville project, the dining area has a gable roof with an open-rafter ceiling. The other section, designed for lounging, watching TV and enjoying the gas fireplace, has a flat roof with a tongue-and-groove ceiling.
From a design standpoint, we always tell homeowners to create two rooms when they have two different ceilings. It’s important – as part of the porch design – to lay out furniture to make sure it all works.
What’s a Dry Deck – and Why Might You Want One?
The term dry deck refers to the addition of a system that prevents water from dripping down through the deck. In the case of this West Nashville porch-and-deck project, the space under the deck can be used as a covered outdoor room. But only if it stays dry! This under-deck area, not yet furnished, has great potential. We built it out with TV brackets, lighting and ceiling fans. The homeowners plan to furnish the space and mount a TV under the deck.
The dry deck system is complicated but the results are always worth the effort. Turning unusable space into usable space is pretty much always a winning idea.
For this project, we used a Dexerdry which is a gasket that fits between the deck boards. We also used the Fortress steel floor joist system, which you can see from the under-deck view looking up. Our friends at Walker Lumber in Nashville, as well as Southeastern Distributors, assisted us with this dry deck solution.
Porch Company Technology
To mount the vinyl curtains we modified our columns and header to allow the canister and track to be completely hidden. We further customized the installation by configuring the curtains so one of the porch doors can open freely at all times. This door opens independently of the rest of the clear curtains.
The porch door on the other side is covered by the vinyl curtains when they’re lowered. While this door can still be opened after you raise the curtains, there is a bit of a delay. So if anyone is in a hurry, they have one door that can be opened without waiting for curtains to be raised.
We frequently install these infrared heaters on porches, and our clients love them. They’re extremely effective in areas where you cannot completely close off a space to keep the chill out. Infrared heaters warm whatever objects – or people! – the infrared rays touch as they radiate into the room.
When the vinyl curtains are down and the heaters are on, everyone stays warm and toasty inside the large screened porch.
Porch Company Elegance
Porch Company Whimsy
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Altogether this project is huge: double screened porch, deck, covered room under the deck and kid’s playroom under the porch. That’s five new living spaces in one project! The Porch Company designed each of these spaces for a specific function. These West Nashville homeowners now have several new options when deciding where and how to spend their time.
If you are interested in having The Porch Company design and build the perfectly-designed porch for your home in the Nashville area, call us at 615-663-2886 or come by our design studio. We look forward to doing business with you.