Turning a house into a home is more than just transforming kitchens and bathrooms. Creating those special spaces where we transform an overlooked or underutilized place into something extraordinary, is a rewarding way to add value and charm to our homes.
Illustration 1: Before Photo of backyard space outside the mudroom door.
Take this porch project in the neighborhood of Ten Hills for example. A traditional home with lots of space, but nothing really to draw the owners into the underutilized backyard space. The back of the house consisted of a mudroom with stairs that led to a concrete patio, which was not really a great space for entertaining or spending time. An areaway to the basement contributed to the awkwardness of the space.
Illustration 2: The private upstairs porch with Duradek and black aluminum railings.
Ten years prior, we had renovated the front porch for the client (see Round Porch Undergoes Renovation) So, the goal here was to transform the space into a oasis for relaxing and entertaining with family and friends. To accomplish this goal, the owners wanted to match the quality of the materials of the house and neighborhood to the design. To this end, we created a raised blue stone patio and constructed a traditional porch with an outdoor space on two levels. The public space, or the first level, would be a shaded area with traditional columns, blue stone patio surface and black railing. The upper, more private space consists of a walkable membrane, and matching black railing. Since there were additional access points to the basement, the areaway and two basement windows were covered over.
Illustration 3: Brick foundation with bluestone patio on the first level.
To provide better access to the new spaces, two windows were converted to doorways, where new Pella doors with lots of glass and simulated divided lights were installed. The old door to the mudroom was also replaced with a matching door. Coordinated lighting and ceiling fans and the traditional tongue and groove wood ceiling provide a charming atmosphere for relaxing or entertaining.
Some of the products used in this project, include:
Architect Series Doors from Pella Doors
Duradek porch surface
Durarail aluminum railings
Principles: Porch Designer, David Robinson; Owner, David Mountain; Carpenter, Tom Parks; Mason, Dean Dixon. Photographer, Molly Mountain