My goal was a space that was an extension of the inside, one that was covered so that we could enjoy it on rainy days (and to help block the sun); but, it needed to feel like we were fully outside and not enclosed at all. Therefore, I really wanted to avoid having to add screening. We’re fortunate that (knock wood) we do not have a problem with bugs or mosquitoes in our back yard, so forfeiting a screened enclosure was not a detriment to enjoying the space whenever we wanted. Although the porch foundation is elevated due to the height of the back door and windows, I also passed on any railings around the porch (we did have to adhere to the height requirements to be able to do this, which meant building up the surrounding ground a few inches).
I created some sketches of what I wanted, along with size/dimensions; and our contractor took it from there, ensuring that my concept was structurally sound and architecturally fit.| ← Previous | | | Next → |