Covered Porch Paradise


The concept of the covered porch is one my clients have embraced since I started designing homes. I have added front porches, back porches and verandas, all that enrich the quality of our lives. These areas provide places to sit , relax and smell the roses, no wonder why we love them so much.


The front porch: is there anything more welcoming than approaching a home that has a front porch lined with Adirondack chairs and hanging plants? Maybe one that wraps around the house or where friends are sipping lemonade while conversing. Fans are always a nice option for those hot summer days, loving this pop of periwinkle blue.


The back porch: just as lovely as the front with slightly more privacy. When deciding what you need on your porch first think about how you envision using it. Individual chairs, a sofa to lounge on and a dining area are some common uses. I specify a fair amount of composite wood flooring on the coast and in beach homes. It holds up better than wood, no splinter worries on little feet and is easy to clean. For the cottage style or rustic home I recommend natural stone or wood but the composite wood can also be used. Most of my clients accept it at the shore but want natural materials in their homes.



The screened in porch: I have designed dozens of porches with permanent screens as well as my favorite removable screens. Pillars or columns can seem challenging but as you can see here, structural frames are custom designed and then simply put in place.


The veranda: typically a larger space that can have a fireplace, grilling station, flat screen and whatever else you can dream up.  I personally love the combination of a seating and dining area so the area has multiple functions. Designer tip- hang a dramatic light fixture over the dining table on your porch or veranda for an unexpected wow factor.


I hope you have enjoyed chatting with us on the porch today and look forward to helping you design the porch of your dreams, Just Ask. When you add a front porch you gain instant curb appeal and charm. Go for it!


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  • Connie

    I am drooling over all these porches.

    • Cathy Wolfram

      They are fabulous yes, I just love when I get to design them.

  • Zoe Borrowdale

    Ha ! I can see now that getting a porch for my swing Isn t going to be an insignificant expense. It has to wrap around the whole house?? Though I could probably dispense with the ceiling fan, summers seem to be getting shorter in the UK.

    • Cathy Wolfram

      Zoe, unfortunately it is never is inexpensive to build a porch and furnish it but you will enjoy it for years and years. If you need any help designing it just email me in Just Ask I would love to help :)