Column: New views from multi-level porch

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ORIGINAL DECK/PATIO: This home, located in West Carmel, was built in 2004. “Our original deck was showing signs of rot and was no longer safe. Instead of just replacing the deck, we decided to fulfill our dream of adding on a screened-in-porch off the kitchen in addition to a covered porch off our master bedroom.” The multi-level addition includes a spacious screened-in porch for outdoor dining, a cozy seating area and a covered porch for relaxation.

MAIN-LEVEL SCREENED PORCH: Set on a new concrete pier foundation, the 250-square-foot porch features many design elements giving a cohesive look with the rest of the home. Arched screen window openings were chosen to complement the existing windows. Trex decking in a “Rope Swing” color was selected to blend with the home’s existing trim color while white balusters add contrast. Dimmable recessed can lighting and a ceiling fan were installed in the bead board ceiling. A full view screen door was installed providing passage to the side deck and staircase.

STAIRCASE & SEATING AREA DETAILS: Trex decking was installed on the landing, staircase and side deck. Recessed deck lighting and stair riser lights were installed to aid evening entertainment.

UPPER-LEVEL PORCH: French doors with sidelights were installed creating an outdoor extension off the master bedroom. As opposed to decking, 12-by-24-inch outdoor tile in a “Madison Camel” color was used for the porch flooring. The outdoor tile not only gives the space an elegant look, but also helps weatherproof the porch below. Brushed nickel sconce lighting was installed on the support columns to create an indoor style. Consistent with the main-level porch, a ceiling fan was installed in the painted beaded plywood ceiling.

FINAL RESULT: “Our favorite part is our covered porch off the master bedroom. We love to open the French doors and let the breeze flow in. We start our days on the upper porch with a cup of coffee and end the day to read and relax.”

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