The porch is the construction that we see first before entering the house. At the same time, it does not matter if we mean a suburban or urban home ownership. The porch is needed for the building not only to conjoin it with the street, but also to ensure a smooth transition from the ground level to the floor level in the house. Porch performs sanitary role as well. The dust and dirt that we carry on the soles do not get directly to our dwelling, but passes some hygienic zone – the steps and the platform in front of the entrance. If the porch is connected to a terrace or veranda, then it ceases to be only the dominant of the main entrance to the dwelling and can become a place for rest, eating, organizing a barbecue and even a second living room. But how to organize the main entrance to the house in such a way that to transform appearance of the facade of the building, herewith retaining the functional component of the structure? We hope that an impressive selection of design projects of various versions of the area in front of the entrance will help you to plan the construction of the porch correctly or to transform the existing structure.
Architectural features and design variants of the porch
As a rule, the design of the porch is planned initially, during the estimating of the entire building project. But its expansion and possible transformations can occur much later, when during the operation of the house it becomes clear that you want an open veranda in front of the house for evening tea parties or a terrace for taking air baths. Or maybe all together, an additional all-season room that increases the area of the whole country house.
Depending on the size of the country homeownership and the needs of the owners, the porch can be a simple two-or one-pitch overhang, a small area in front of the entrance door and several steps (all depends on the height of the basement of the house). But even such a simple design should be maintained in single style according the execution of the facade of the whole building. Even if the visor in front of the entrance door was decided to be an accent element of the facade, the material of execution and the overall style of design should remain.
Even the smallest porch is able to perform not only the functions of an intermediary between the street and the house. In addition to the fact that the roof of the porch securely hides the area in front of the entrance door from the rain, it is possible to equip a compact segment for rest in this zone. After all, the charm of suburban life is just that you can be in nature, without losing the level of comfort at the same time. A pair of compact garden chairs and a small coffee table is all that you need to organize a comfortable place to relax in the fresh air.
Porch combined with a terrace. Sitting area, place for meals and more
The logical desire of the owner of a private house is to expand the area of his own home and create the smoothest transition from a land plot to the house interior. That is why most of the owners of country apartments (whether a small garden house or a large mansion) do not stop at the construction of a small visor above the front door and a compact platform. The construction of a terrace or not glazed veranda is a logical continuation of the improvement of country house ownership.
Living room in the open air
Recreation area at the outside, but at the same time under a reliable canopy protecting from any precipitation and almost entirely from the wind, is an excellent opportunity to improve the level of comfort in a country house or suburban area. Moreover, for the organization of a comfortable and beautiful living room on the terrace, comfortable garden furniture (a sofa or a pair of armchairs) and a small table-stand would be enough.
It is impossible to imagine a more organic integration than wicker furniture installed on the covered terrace of a country house. It is wicker furniture that creates a special charm for the atmosphere of a country holiday. Light and mobile, diverse in design and color solutions, aesthetic and practical furniture with a woven frame will be an indisputable adorning of the relaxation area of your terrace, connected to the porch.
Another no less popular way to create an atmosphere that is maximally close to nature is the use of furniture made of wood. In order to get the maximum level of comfort in the outdoor recreation area, you can use furniture with a wooden frame and soft cushions in the area of seats and backrests. Table of any design can become a complement to the composition of such chairs or sofas. Wood is perfectly combined with other materials.
Often, on the open veranda, the space from the roof to the railing is covered with mosquito shields so that you can not only rest in the fresh air during the day, but also enjoy the coolness in the evening, or even spend the night in a place safe from insects…
You can also use light translucent fabrics. They will help not only protect you from insects (100% result is not guaranteed though), but also create a special, romantic atmosphere for maximum relaxation.
Do not forget to decorate your living room in the fresh air. Ideal option is living plants that can be placed in large pots, grow in wall shelving or be placed on special grilles, creating a “green wall”.
A dining area on the open veranda
Any food seems tastier if you enjoy it in the fresh air. Having a country house, it would be strange to deny yourself such a pleasure. That’s why most of the owners of country houses try to organize a segment for meals outdoors, but with protection from possible precipitation. A covered terrace or a platform with a canopy, an elongated porch – any option is good for placing a dining table with chairs.
In order to equip the dining area on the open veranda, garden furniture is most often used. It can be made of the following materials:
- Rattan (natural or artificial), vines, bamboo or hazel sticks;
- Combining materials to create original models and increase the strength and durability of structures.
The choice of the material for the dining group will depend on the covering of the terrace platform (not all floor coverings will withstand the pressure of metal legs of the table and chairs), the maximum weight of household members (plastic and wicker furniture has a low threshold of maximum permissible weight), stylistic design of the porch and financial capabilities of the owners.
Metal garden furniture is durable and long lasting, withstands the highest loads. It’s an investment for many years. But it is important to understand that the veranda base for this kind of furniture needs a corresponding (ceramic or stone tile; solid, dense types of wood only). Another nuance is that metal chairs are very cold. They can’t be used without fabric or soft seats. Especially, when it comes to cold seasons.
Garden furniture made of wood is a trend for all time. Wood can perfectly fit into any environment – it all depends on the style of furniture. If you like simple, concise solutions, so choose a rectangular dining table and benches to it. It is a durable, reliable and stable kit which is ready for any tests – starting from a normal family dinner to a reception of guests in the fresh air with a meal.
Wicker furniture can also be used to organize a dining area. Only for the execution of the table it is necessary to use a combination with other materials – a glass, wooden and even acrylic worktop will look great on a woven frame. But alike models have certain weight limitations – it concerns both chairs and a frame for the countertop.
Garden furniture made of plastic is incredibly mobile, democratic in price and extremely easy to care for. Chairs made of plastic are easy to carry and hide in case of severe weather. The average sized plastic table can be lifted by one person. Plastic furniture is also designed to be putted one into another for extreme compactness. But plastic has its drawbacks – limitations in weight and short life. Because often manufacturers use techniques that improve the strength and durability of garden furniture – put seats and backs of plastic on metal or wooden frames, legs.
For some large-sized buildings, it is possible to organize such a spacious terrace under the roof that its space would be sufficient for a rest area and for a segment for meals. The space will remain even for a barbecue set. The advantage of such open areas is that the platform can be located along the adjacent walls of the building (the main thing is that one side does not exceed 7-7.5 m in length).
Swing on the terrace. The advantages of suburban life
The location of the hanging swings under a canopy or on the terrace is a wonderful opportunity to arrange the most comfortable outdoor recreation area. After all, with the suburban life, many of us associate the joy of easy rocking on a swing as suspended structures have long become an indispensable attribute of a comfortable holiday at the garden or summer residence. Roomy hanging swings on the terrace can serve as a sofa in the relaxation area and even combine the options of a dormitory for those who like to take a nap in the fresh air.
Unlike the swings that can be hung on the site to a solid tree branch, the models for the location under the roof have a high bar of weight restrictions: this couch-swing can accommodate several people. Suspended structures on ropes or metal chains can be selected according to the size of the terrace or veranda of any modification.
Porch with glazed veranda – additional living area
Most often, the addition of full-fledged off-season premises to the porch of the house takes place after some time of exploitation of a country house. When it becomes clear that the owners would not mind setting up a place to rest or hold meals with an excellent view of their own site or the surrounding nature. But you probably want to do it all the year round, in any weather. Veranda or terrace will require not only glazing, but also work on the installation of waterproofing and ventilation systems.
You can glaze even a very small space (by the size of the roof cover). Modern panoramic windows allow you to create not only a light space, but also reliably protect the room from any manifestations of bad weather. The resulting premises can be used to organize a place for recreation, a greenhouse or a reading corner – the sunlight will be more than enough.
In a glazed room, the use of which is expected throughout the year, it is necessary to create a source of heating. The ideal way to create not only a source of heat, but also a special atmosphere of a suburban home, is the installation of a fireplace. It is not necessary to build a full-fledged hearth with a chimney. Electrical appliance, which perfectly copes with imitation of living fire, is enough. Perhaps, the electric fireplace is not able to convey the entire atmosphere of rest at the living fire, with the smell of burning logs, but this method is definitely better for a glazed veranda from the security point of view.
Organization of a dining area in a closed all-season room is no less popular variant of arrangement of a glazed veranda. You can enjoy delicious food all year round, admiring the surrounding nature. Modern double-glazed windows with a panoramic view can set this up.
In some cases, after the addition of the patio to the porch, the owners do not even have to finish the surfaces that were left to the new room by the building’s facade. Stone-lined walls decorated with siding or wood will give a special charm to the interior of the glassed-in veranda.
But the room still needs finishing in some cases. For example, for a very narrow veranda, you need to use light tones to visually increase the space. Of course, the abundance of glass surfaces reduces the risk of claustrophobia, but the support of white color will not be excessive.