The owners wanted to take advantage of their secluded back yard in a medium-density neighborhood to create a living space for relaxing and entertaining friends. They wanted to combine the comfort of the inside with the beauty and freshness of the outside.
The covered and screened porch offered all the benefits they were looking for. The large screen panels let lots of natural light in and let the warm summer breezes pass right through. The large screens also help give the porch a spacious feel by not enclosing the walls. The color-matched rain gutters eliminate most of the rain splash-back on the panels below the screens, which means less maintenance.
The shades help to give privacy without totally blocking visibility or air movement.
The size of the porch was partially determined by the amount of furniture that would be used and by the number of people the owners wanted to entertain. The 12’x16’ footprint fits well with the physical restrictions of the house and lot size and serves the owners’ lifestyle needs.
The owners were looking for a bit of a heavy timber look without fussy finishes. The framing serves as the finish, which helped save money on finish materials and labor. The owners could spend the savings on nicer furniture.
The walnut-stained concrete floor provides the beauty and durability the owners were looking for. Low maintenance and easy-to-clean, this floor fits the owners’ lifestyle, allowing them to spend more time relaxing or entertaining friends on the porch instead of working on it.
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