Column: Covered porch gives family their backyard back


ORIGINAL BACKYARD: This home, located in the Centennial subdivision in Westfield, was built in 2009. Despite the original concrete patio being large enough to accommodate an outdoor dining set and grill, the hot summers made it difficult for the homeowners to enjoy outdoor activities. Adding shade, functionality and unique design elements were the main goals of the project.

COVERED VS SCREENED-IN-PORCH: At the beginning of the design phase, the homeowners were faced with the decision to choose between a covered or screened-in-porch. “With a large family, we needed our outdoor space to be unique, open and functional. We knew having an enclosed porch would not work. We ended up choosing an open porch so the kids and dogs can freely move in and out of the house without being trapped by screened-in walls and doors.”

DESIGN DETAILS: A brushed concrete patio slab was installed complete with a rounded step for the patio door and a dedicated 3’x6’ area for the grill. Decorative 6”x6” cedar posts were installed around the perimeter of the concrete patio to support the new porch roof. Matching shingles and gutters were installed.

UPGRADED FINISHES: To give the homeowners their requested unique touches, a decorative half wall was added next to the grilling pad including a granite wall cap. All supporting posts and new decorative trim were painted to match the home’s existing trim color. To complete the final look, white base trim and cedar corbels were added to each supporting post. Additional upgrades included a painted bead board ceiling and an extended mount ceiling fan.

FINAL RESULT: In the end, the homeowners were thrilled with how the covered porch also adds visual interest to the exterior of the home. “The best part of the whole addition is finally having a shaded area that our entire family can enjoy during the warmer months.”

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