Monday, April 7, 2014

back porches

With spring here and snow finally melted it's time to start thinking about outdoor life again. Trust me we will be spending every possible moment outdoors this spring and summer. It has been a long hard winter.
Now last spring we were seriously considering a pool and in ground hot tub but when the price of our dream came in ridiculously higher than we could have ever imagined we took a step back.
But what to do? Well we need a fence badly and that is top priority this spring and as for the rest like a deck patio and outdoor kitchen it will come in good time.
I had been thinking a deck would be what we need but I don't want the weather to decide if we can enjoy days and nights outdoors so I started thinking a covered porch might be just what we need. Then that evolved into to a screened in porch with a wood burning fireplace it all came from a dream actually. I dreamt we had a covered screened in porch and then I thought of how beautifully it would function.
It would be a spring summer and early fall living space, and indoor outdoor space. A southern style back porch.
We would eat out there during the warmer months and entertain out there and nap and relax. A fireplace would allow it to be used earlier and later into the season then without. The perfect backyard retreat.

Warm days and nights perfect for outdoor dining.
I love the look of this screened in porch it's the perfect style for our house.
How could I not be inspired by these pictures.

This is also a great option , I love the idea of the metal roof, nothing like rain on a metal roof.

I'm sure this will be a big project so it may take a couple of years to see it through, so it's time to dream, design and plan.

First we need to build a privacy fence and enclose our backyard so we can enjoy the yard we do have.


Jake said...

I love those porches! The idea of a screened porch with a fireplace is lovely.

Can't wait to see what you guys do. Maybe a pool can be a later project.

We put a deck on the back of our house that's up on the main floor. But from our bedroom hubby built a private 10x10 all season porch. The top all windows that can be opened in summer and closed in winter. I just wish we'd put in heated flooring for the winters. *sigh* I love sitting out there.
We priced a pool *eek* and had the same sticker shock. Even for a small 3-lap pool. We went with an above ground and it was a waste of money. I hated it.
Sold it a couple years ago.


Kim said...

I, too, am dreaming of spending time outside on a comfy porch. (It's snowing outside as I type - April 8th!!!!! Grrrr.) Man would I ever love to have any one of these porches!

What a huge project for you to take on, but i have no doubt you will build something spectacular! I look forward to seeing your plans.

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Cristina Garay said...

I've been dreaming of a deck since the day we moved into our home! When I think I might finally get it, something more important comes out and of course the money goes toward that :/ Can't wait to see which route you take, all your projects are amazing!

Stephanie said...

It sure has been a long hard winter...woke up to 4" of snow on ground this morning! I may have shed a tear or two. Those porches are divine...we have a huge deck off the back of our house that unfortunately faces the west and COOKS in the afternoons until our red maple trees shade it, so over the years I've increased the size of our patio table umbrella to 10ft and now thinking of adding a pergola or a gazebo. Enjoy your dreams and plans!

Bert Aguilar said...

Wow, those all seem like wonderful ideas for a house exterior and interior. I am partial to the metal roofing, as it seems easy to maintain. Anyway, these things do take time, but it’s great that you are already planning and compiling ideas for the house. Thanks for sharing this with us, Chris. Good luck with your future endeavors!

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