In our building project shown here there are two screened porches incorporated into the plan. The heart and soul of the house is the central porch. It is open and connected to the living area and foyer hall. They open to the porch so that the space can flow together for large gatherings. The porch has room for a dining table and chairs, plus plenty of seating area around the fireplace. It will be a wonderful place to sit outside by the fire on cold days, or eat out, or have parties. Outside the porch, an there is open patio under the sun that transitions to a lower ground level.
The outside wall is a 12 foot screened wall open to a view of sky and distant hills. The vaulted ceiling makes the space seem more spacious, and allows heat to ventilate. The finishes are a combination of interior and exterior materials: Exposed galvalume roof, board and batten siding, cedar trim, and concrete floor. Galvanized metal wire mesh adds extra strength to the lower screen panels for kids or pets. On the outside patio, the wire mesh panels are incorporated into the railing.
Edited by roselind - Thu, 12 Feb 2009 16:10:59 UTC