So this was the back of our house before the screened porch. As you can see, we had an elevated deck which at its highest point was close to eight feet off the ground. The actual deck was 12′ x 16′ and had a double french door leading from the deck into our den. Read here to see how we got to this point.
One of the biggest issues I had with our house was the lack of a proper back door. This issue had bothered me for years. Especially when we had company, since our driveway was off the back of the house. Without a true back door, anyone coming into the house either had to walk around the side of the house to the front door, climb the steep stairs of the deck and enter through the den, or my least favorite, enter through the garage….as you can see above this option was no good….yuck!!!
This is the original sketch I drew of the porch I had dreamed about. I was determined to finally have my back door and I thought having a small covered area would allow us to grill without walking into the yard. I wanted a large porch so we could have a relaxing seating area and not be cramped, and also a large dining area. My idea was to have a hanging bed in one corner of the porch, reminiscent of the sleeping porch at my aunt and uncles house. Growing up we had no central air conditioning and sleeping on that porch was a great way to stay cooler at night. As you can see from the drawing, I had a pretty good idea of exactly what I wanted. The next thing to do was figure out how the exterior of the porch would match the general look of the original house.
So I spent time finding porches and taking pictures. Drawing an actual exterior facade was beyond my drawing ability. That meant it was time to hire a professional.
If you are planning on building a porch do you know exactly what you are looking for? I would love to hear your inspirations.
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