For a blogger who (lately) posts more photos than story, I’m making an effort to apply myself by joining the meme End of Month View, sponsored by Helen at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog. Finally, in 2015, I have good reason. After four years of trying not to say the “P word” because my persistent planning nearly drove my husband crazy, we have engaged a home designer, as well as a builder, to begin the process of adding a back porch to our home. With any luck, the project will be complete before summer’s end and I can then plant a garden in fall.
On the End of Month View, here is a perspective I think you will see often.
Currently, there is a monstrous deck that extends from the main level of the house which predates our purchase in 2010. The new addition will be neither as wide nor as deep as the current structure, providing a more graceful footprint. The basement-level patio will also be removed and reconfigured.
Tim and I deliberated awhile on options. Did we want a screen porch or a sun porch? In the end, we decided on a glassed room we could enjoy in every season and an open patio below, which could be screened in the future if we’re not happy with an open layout. We asked our designer, Kimberly Kerl of Kustom Home Design, to base the style of the porch on the existing architecture of the house.
Recently, I met with Kimberly and was thrilled with all three options she presented. As you can see from the elevations below, a double window on the upper level of the home will be shorted to make room for a hipped roof. Also, the width of the porch will be about 1/3 less than the current structure and the porch will be supported by sturdy, square brick columns. But which version should we choose?
To be honest, we’ve made our decision. Can you guess which one we like best? Do you have a favorite? I can’t wait to hear what you think.
(Please note: Plans presented by permission. All rights reserved by Kustom Home Design.)