These outdoor rooms will inspire your spring projects
Views of mountains, lakes, nature preserves, pools, yards, streets — no one type of location dictated the most popular porch photos uploaded to Houzz in 2016. Neither did style: Modern, traditional, contemporary, transitional and eclectic are all well-represented in the top 5 as measured by the number of saves to ideabooks. The common thread that did run through this group was breezy comfort. Elements like cushy furniture, porch swings and outdoor fireplaces make porches places where we can imagine ourselves relaxing and having a great time. Which one is your favorite?
Porch 1: E C Schmitt & Company, original photo on Houzz
5. This modern farmhouse in Napa wine country is all about outdoor living. This inviting California porch is adjacent to a patio with a fire pit and also looks out over the pool. Board-and-batten siding, gooseneck barn sconces and a swinging daybed make it the best spot to spend time on the property.
Porch 2: Acanthus Architecture, PA, original photo on Houzz
4. This fireplace wall strategy can block an unsightly view, while the open sides of the North Carolina porch maintain the cross breezes. The mix of white brick, slate floor, and dark rafters and trim create crisp contrast. With a mounted TV on the wall, it’s a great place to watch football during the fall.
Porch 3: Risinger Homes, original photo on Houzz
3. This simple side-porch plan is ingenious. The partial wood wall separates its front-facing portion from the back, creating privacy for alfresco dinners and parties on the back side. Another issue this porch addresses is railing. If your porch is close enough to the ground (usually under 30 inches), you can skip them. Be sure to check local codes first.
Porch 4: Gridley + Graves Photographers, original photo on Houzz
2. Ceiling fans keep bugs at bay on this lounging porch, which offers up comfy chaise lounges, classic wool blankets for crisp fall days and expansive views of one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.
Porch 5: Brighton Builders, LLC, original photo on Houzz
1. It looks like the private screened-in porch triumphed over the classic front porch in this year’s popularity contest. This Bluffton, South Carolina, porch has a substantial fireplace for chilly days and two ceiling fans for hot ones. It also has loads of comfortable spots to lounge, relax, visit and, best of all, nap.