Creative design for new screened-in porch


Original backyard setting: This home located in the Bayhill neighborhood in Carmel was built in the mid-90s. The existing backyard area was nicely landscaped and also included a simple wood deck. The family always wanted to add a screened porch, but due to the existing windows and the roof profiles,it had never been able to figure out how or where to tie a porch into the existing home.


Design challenges: The project designer presented the homeowner with various options to connect the porch to the home. The homeowner wanted to maintain the windows in the master bathroom on the second floor, and also wanted to avoid placing the porch in front of the family room windows. The creative final solution was to create a new hip roof and move the porch out about 8 feet from the house, and add a connecting roof. This allowed the nice open cathedral ceiling the owners wanted while maintaining the natural light from the existing home windows.

Exterior and interior details: The porch was finished with new HardiePanel exterior siding and cedar trim on the knee walls.To add architectural detail, the corner support posts were finished with new decorative stone column bases. Finally, a new pergola was added above the existing deck including 4-by-4 cedar posts and decorative columns with stone bases to match the porch.The porch includes new fiberglass screens and two new screen doors. The porch ceiling includes a painted beadboard ceiling with cedar-wrapped beams. The porch flooring is cedar decking boards covered with semitransparent oil-based stain.

Final results:The homeowners added new landscaping and stone pathways to complement the new porch. The new porch gives the family a place to sit, relax and enjoy the beauty of thebackyard setting.


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