The word “porch” conjures up all sorts of ideas. One person envisions a wrap-around, rocking-chair porch where they watch the world go by with a good book and a glass of lemonade. Another thinks of a screened porch where the family gathers for a summer barbecues. And yet another dreams of a stone terrace overlooking a backyard pool. One thing is for sure — all these porch dreams are within reach, and EXOVATIONS can help them come become reality!
It’s tempting to simply categorize porches in two buckets – front or back. While this may be true for logistics purposes, there are lots of porch styles, so when you contact a contractor to begin building your dream, you’ll have to be a little more specific about what you and your family really want.
Porches are, by definition, covered areas, and they can serve several functions. They add beauty to your home while protecting you against rain or sun. They efficiently add extra living space to your home, providing a wonderful place to entertain family and friends. And a covered porch is appropriate on either the front or back of your home. So before deciding where to build your porch, consider things like the view, noise and traffic, the purpose you have in mind, and how much privacy you want. That will help you determine which side of your home makes the most sense for your new porch addition.
What exactly is a portico? Portico is from the Latin word porticus, which is a row of columns supporting a roof at the entrance of a building. Porticos protect entry doors from rain and sun, and create an inviting entry for a home. Portico additions have become increasingly popular for homeowners that want to add more visual appeal to the front of their homes. They can make a dramatic statement on a home designed with a very plain front. EXOVATIONS builds porticos in several different styles, depending on your tastes and the style of your home. And a portico is a simple addition that packs a big punch–it won’t break the bank or take months to complete.
Whether you wish to screen in an existing covered porch, or you want to build a screened porch addition from scratch, EXOVATIONS can help. Our consultants have great ideas about how to maximize your available space, and how to tie in roof lines, walls and existing decking for a harmonious look. They can also provide information about the many types of materials available to give you the look, durability and care-free maintenance you want in an outdoor living space.
Whether you are interested in a covered porch, portico porch or screened porch, we recommend you take a look at our porch ideas photo gallery. And while it might be a tempting DIY project, due to safety concerns and building regulations, we recommend you have an experienced certified contractor like EXOVATIONS handle the design and build you new porch for you!