Unlike their open counterparts, covered back porches offer even more opportunities for living and using these out-of-door spaces. And because these spaces offer some protection, you can flex your design muscles even more. Try these inspiring tips for bringing style and design to your covered back porches.
- Stretch the seasons. Covered back porches can protect you from rainfall and sunlight, but open walls don't do much to discourage bugs or keep out the cold weather. You may want to consider screens for your covered back porch, as well as windows that help push the seasonal boundaries. And if you do include windows and screens, consider roll-down shades or light draperies to block the sun at key times during the day. Although it adds cost, radiant heat in the floor as well as insulation in the ceiling may also protect you from temperature extremes.