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A pretty, practical porch never goes out of style. Create a space that's perfect for greeting and gathering with a porch addition.
This covered screen porch provides a cozy, convenient escape. This porch addition was built right on top of an old deck and given matching design details to the home's Tudor exterior. The porch's structure was built from pressure-treated pine to resist insects and decay. The opaque wood stain matches the home's trim.
Even though the porch is petite, it packs a big punch. The porch's screening extends to the ceiling, which maximizes natural light and increases the view to the homeowner's wooded lot. A simple switch-operated lighting system was installed during the construction of the porch, so the space can be enjoyed at any time of day.
The porch addition is located right off the kitchen, perfectly suited for a breakfast room or to host small gatherings. Coal-black all-weather wicker furniture with indoor-outdoor cushions matches the home's casual cottage style -- making it an extension of the indoor living spaces.
Here, a formerly flat facade found personality with an elegant porch addition. With its sheltering roof and eight redwood columns, the porch gives the homeowners a sense of enclosure while complementing the home's classic Tudor exterior. The porch is topped with an almost-flat roof to avoid compromising existing upper-level windows.
Grand columns and a brick-clad foundation give the porch a been-there-for-decades look and feel. The columns carry the eye up to the beaded-board ceiling and a skylight, which was installed to provide natural light for the dining room just inside.
Tempered glass panels (attached with clips to a hammered-metal framework) and open, unscreened walls admit uninterrupted views of the homeowner's beloved garden. Flagstone flooring complements the historical home's style and offers carefree durability.
The porch addition on the back of this house features distinct areas for cooking, dining, and relaxing. Montana stone was used for the thick walls that define the outdoor living space. A pergola -- constructed of wood beams and frosted acrylic sheeting -- covers the entire porch, offering protection from the elements. The white concrete pillars supporting the pergola mimic pillars inside the home.
A wood-burning fireplace -- also made from Montana stone -- backs to an identical unit in the indoor family room. The corner fireplace provides a focal point and keeps family and friends warm at night.
This imposing porch was scaled to hold its own next to the Tudor-style residence in order to prevent the addition from looking tacked on. The porch shares rooflines and chimney forms with the house, and the cedar trim matches the color of the home's stucco exterior. A metal roof in dark bronze adds even more texture and character.
Latticework and tongue-and-grove cedar boards filter the sunlight that enters through the porch's two large dormers. Weather-resistant Brazilian redwood flooring looks beautiful underfoot. The dining area of the room features a wicker dining set used for informal lunches, dinners, and parties.
This backyard easily attracts the eye thanks to the addition of a multipurpose outdoor living space. A group of interconnected rooms provides plenty of space for both large and intimate gatherings. Structural columns set atop stone platforms support the roof and connect each room. A pair of elevated decks -- one for dining and one for relaxing -- flank the main sitting area. White-painted wood-frame pergolas top each deck.
A covered porch with a hipped roof and a dramatic barrel-vaulted ceiling anchors the stately setting and serves as the main sitting area. French doors open onto the porch and allow easy indoor-outdoor access. A diamond-shape fountain is nestled at the end of the porch, drawing guests outward to the yard and providing additional seating along its smooth stone border.
All-weather fabrics and furnishings fill the rooms of this lavish addition. A ceiling fan moves the air in the main sitting area, keeping guests cool. The stamped-and-tinted flooring resembles natural stone -- but at a fraction of the cost and maintenance.
Whether it's spring, summer, fall, or winter, the porch is perfectly suited for year-round living. A wood-burning stone fireplace warms the space and provides a focal point. Columns, corbels, and the paneled fireplace wall give the room character and resemble architectural details found in the interior rooms of the house.