Make Your Home More Inviting with an Open Porch
Open porches, or “covered porches”, can be a great addition to your home and provide a virtually unobstructed view to the great outdoors. Whether you have square posts or round columns that sit atop stacked stone bases, or hip, gabled or coffered ceiling, the open porch design options are almost limitless.
And once you’ve decided to build a new open porch, how can you maximize your enjoyment? Let us count the ways! How about a nice stone fireplace for entertaining? Add seating and chairs and your open porch becomes the ideal location for memorable dining and games. Hang long curtains from your open porch and create a cozy, Southern sleeping area. Many covered, open porches feature gabled ceilings with pendant lights or ceiling fans for a relaxing ambiance.
You might want to consider putting an open porch over an existing deck. If you’re hankering for a ground level porch, eliminating the railing will make your new outdoor room appear even larger and more expansive. And from a purely practical view, if the back of your house receives a lot of sun, an open porch can reduce your home’s energy bills.