Porch in the Garden

[vc_row font_color=”#aa0000″][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_fade” interval=”3″ images=”71,69,33,75,70″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”200×200″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]This couple simply loved to be outdoors -working, entertaining, telecommuting, reading or simply relaxing. But North Carolina outdoors can be brutal with mosquitos and other unwanted bugs. A screen porch made sense. It also made sense to place it separate from the 1920s historic house and locate it within the beauty of their gardens.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” image=”33″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Being sensitive to the gardens and for the porch to be natural, the porch was designed with it’s structural support brought in from the perimeter. This resulted in a “floating” porch. Constructing the structure out of mahogany wood with built in storage bench, the site lines are kept open. Broad steps at the entry provide a graceful touch to the ground with room for potted plants or to just sit outside.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” image=”75″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]A key functional change to this historic 1920s house was the renovation of the rear entry. As the front door is located on a busy street with no parking and the driveway ends near the back door, the rear entry was used daily by the owners and guests alike. Previously, the back door was literally a stoop with no rain protection and drop offs on both sides. The renovation creates a gracious entry for everyone, time for one to put up or down the umbrella, set down their groceries to get out the key, use the handrail for support and walk more than single file to the door – all while maintaining light into the house and in keeping with the house’s character.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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