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Caldwell County Front Porch Addition: The Details

final image of the porch

Our clients have a sizable front yard where their three children love to play. Their existing 6’ x 20’ front porch was narrow and didn’t provide usable space for keeping an eye on the kids or for entertaining. They dreamed of creating an outdoor living space at the front of their home where the entire family could relax and hang out together with their friends.

Using our Soft Plan architectural design software, we created a large 24’ x 24’ screened porch addition at the front of our clients’ home. This roomy porch offers plenty of space for a soft seating area as well as a dining table that seats six. Recessed lighting and ample power outlets support fun outdoor activities throughout the day and into the evening hours. The cathedral ceiling enhances the feeling of spaciousness, while providing enough height for a ceiling fan to produce air circulation on warm days. The screening system is from SCREENEZE, our screen system of choice.

The addition also wraps around to the side of the house where it includes a section that is covered but without screen—to support a future hot tub. One step down is an open deck designed for grilling, and from there the stairway leads down to a future outdoor entertainment area with a fire pit. The decking and steps are made from pressure-treated wood finished with Sherwin-Williams SuperDeck wood stain.

Carefully designed with our clients in mind

Everything was carefully designed to complement and coordinate with the existing structure. The vinyl siding on the new screened porch matches the original vinyl siding on the home. The front facing gable roof design of the porch, along with the upper half-round window, reflects the design of the existing roof. A portion of the original porch still remains, with its handsome brick steps leading up to the front door. Since the vinyl railing on the original front porch was warped and twisted, we removed it. Then we installed dark stained wooden railing and posts throughout, tying the new and existing porches together as one. View more photos of the project on Houzz.

One of our challenges was the fact that building a brick foundation for the new screened porch to match the existing would have been cost prohibitive. Our practical and attractive solution was to place the new porch on a wood floor system using posts and piers. The lattice screens the original brick foundation from view.

It is always the goal of Vision Design Build Remodel to create a new addition that integrates so seamlessly with the existing building that it is difficult to tell where the original ends and the new begins. We are excited that this project so beautifully reflects our having reached that goal.

Visit our website or call 828.292.0615 if you are ready for an outdoor living area that enhances the look, usability and value of your home!

Read Stephen and Amy McMasters’ story of working with Vision DBR.

Check out the McMasters’ great VDBR review on Guild Quality.

SoftPlan Rendering of the Projectfinal image of the porch

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