Before: The backyard views were always dreamy, but the family felt the deck itself left a lot to the imagination. Although the owners could have simply given it a quick paint job, they decided to take the design to a whole new place.
After: The owners chose to build a covered porch and fireplace onto their existing deck to create a multi-purpose room to use year-round. The open-air area seemlessly connects the decor inside and out, and has become a go-to spot for family game nights, entertaining friends, and just kicking back and enjoying the view.
The owners used the original porch foundation, then added new flooring, railings, and a roof. Thanks to the additions, the porch went from being a hardly used space to somewhere family and friends love to hang out thanks to the family's ability to achieve and indoor feel outside. Furniture, rugs, and art help the porch feel like an extension of their indoor living space.
A wood-burning fireplace keeps the porch cozy during colder months, perfect for gathering around and roasting s'mores on a chilly night. A gas start ensures a quick kickoff to a toasty fire.
The original plan was to include a tongue-and-groove ceiling, but the owners went with a beaded board to cut costs. Deep eaves on the roof protect the furniture from the elements, while unstained, pressure-treated wood flooring helped keep costs down. The indoor/outdoor rugs are the same as in the connecting kitchen.
The buffet is entertaining central on the porch -- perfect for get-togethers and kids' birthday parties. The windows swing open from the kitchen for a handy pass-through. An inexpensive burlap skirt was added to the furniture to soften any harsh edges.
A pair of antique chairs get a simple update with new fabric that fits the pale blue and neutral color scheme for a beach-inspired palette. Sewn-on monograms personalize the pieces for a polished look.
Beach-appropriate accents were added in as many places around the house and porch as possible and are integral to the style of the home. The family has coastal roots, and wanted to show that in their design.
A plain coffee table got a personalized look by adding a map of the owner's hometown to the top and covering it with a piece of acrylic plastic. Wicker baskets underneath the table store magazines, books, and games.
The owners created their own homemade oyster shell chandelier to hang above the outdoor dining table for an added bit of seaside style. They simply spray-painted an outdoor chandelier and wired on shells from past family beach trips.