PROJECT OVERVIEW: This home, located in the Sandstone subdivision in Fishers, was built in 1997. “The deck on our house did not provide a true outdoor living experience. We wanted to add on a screened porch that gave off the feeling of being outside without the nuisance of the intense sun and pesky bugs.”
DESIGN ROADBLOCKS: “We started the design phase with the intent of placing the new porch off the back of the house.” Due to building setback regulations, it was determined that the best location for the porch was the side of the home.
INTERIOR FINISH: Once the foundation and structural framing was complete, pressure treated decking, running parallel to the house walls, was installed. To create access in-and-out of the house, the existing window to the left of the fireplace was terminated and the opening was modified to fit the new exterior glass door. EZE-Breeze windows were chosen due to their ability to open three of the four lightweight, vinyl-glazed panels to create an outdoors feel. The beadboard ceiling and cedar trim throughout the interior of the porch was painted to match the existing house trim color.
EXTERIOR FINISH: Skirting was added to conceal the exposed bottom portion of the deck. Hardie exterior panels and cedar trim was installed throughout the perimeter of the porch to tie in with the existing house. Shingles and aluminum gutters matching the profile and size of the existing were installed. The exterior was then painted to complete the final look.
THE DETAILS: To create a unique and custom look, a bump-out with a bay window was incorporated into the design of the porch. Sconce lighting and a ceiling fan, installed on a dimmable switch, were installed to add function and elegance to the new 350 square foot porch.
FINAL RESULT: “The new porch actually allows us to enjoy our backyard now. We use it to entertain, watch TV, read books and relax. We especially love enjoying it at nighttime.”