House Tour Series: Porches

This week I want to take you out to the porches at McNemar House.  When we were searching for the right house plan, we knew we wanted to select one with multiple porch spaces to take advantage of our cozy location in the woods.  With two covered back porches, Southern Living House Plan SL-598 was the perfect fit for our property.

When it was time to select flooring I think we looked at every composite decking brand on the market.  I wanted plain gray to mimic the look of the old painted wooden farmhouse porches of the early 1900s.  When we started searching for the right color, I quickly became discouraged.  Nearly all of the colors on the market that were advertised as gray were actually a clay color that looked more brown than gray.  We finally discovered the right shade of gray though with Fiberon decking.

As much as I love authentic painted wood porches, I didn’t want to deal with the maintenance involved in keeping them not only visually acceptable but structurally as well.  This desire for a product that was maintenance-free carried over to the railing as well.  Instead of painted wood railing, we selected a vinyl product.  Not only is it maintenance-free, but the smooth surface is also easy to clean.


The first floor back porch is accessible via the entry hall.  The flow from the entry to the double doors that lead onto the back porch is perfect.  We currently use this porch for overflow entertaining space.  Two picnic tables with patio fire urns flank either side of the door, and a rolling cooler provides space for extra drinks.


The second floor back porch is a more intimate space than the first floor back porch.  This porch is accessible only through the master suite and the guest room.  We keep two rocking chairs and a patio heater on this porch year round in addition to a game table which we use for chess and checker games but can also serve as a dining table.

The second floor back porch is accessible via the guest room and master bedroom and provides a place to relax.
The second floor back porch is accessible via the guest room and master bedroom and provides a place to relax.

Since we also added basement to our house plan, we ended up with a bonus of a third covered porch on the ground level.  Though still unfinished at the moment, we look forward to completing and adding this outdoor space to our already abundant porch space.