Historically, porches have long been popular in New England. From the Classical Revival period of the early nineteenth century through the Federal, Victorian, and Craftsman Period and beyond, architects have included porches into their residential designs. And for good reason: porches protect from rain, offer shade on hot days, and provide a graceful transition from your home’s interior to the yard. A back porch can protect you from greedy insects and still bring the outdoors in. A front porch can protect family and guests from rain and snow while welcoming them to your home. Properly designed, a front porch can expand the scale of your home’s facade and make a statement to all who travel by. The right porch design can also add value to your home.
Archadeck of Suburban Boston has designed and built hundreds of front porches, open porticos, and screened porches West and North of Boston.
This stunning outdoor living project combined a low-maintenance two-story deck with a gable roofed screened porch to give the homeowners two versatile yet integrated spaces. Watch how Archadeck took the vision outlined in the 3-D rendering and brought it to life:
Custom 3-D rendering of proposed design
Take a look at this screened porch and deck combination space we built in Stow, MA… As you can see through the attention to detail in the custom 3-D renderings, this addition scores an A+ for aesthetics and functionality!
This deck and three season porch addtion in Byfield, MA, is packed with custom features.
The deck has low maintenance synthetic flooring and cedar rails with cobalt blue glass post caps. The stunning three season room features Meranti Mahogany floors and Nantucket Beadboard trim. The entire addition adds a breath of fresh air into the home and the surrounding landscape.
Though the gable end of the porch is constructed with fixed laminated glass. The concept of the three season porch is augmented with the versatiility of removable glass panels and screen. This includes the door panel that also includes a removable glass/screen panel.
By recognizing and expanding the architectural style of your home and attending to the myriad of details, we can transform the front of your home. Consider what Archadeck did for this Federal style house in Winchester:
After: A stately Captain’s porch
What makes this transformation so dramatic? Three elements:
1.) Clarifying and enhancing the historic style of the house. Its initial style looks Federal, with pairs of windows balanced around a center door, narrow sidelights left and right of the door, and shutters on all the windows. But it also exhibits a Georgian Colonial flavor: square and totally symmetric, with limited orientation. The poorly proportioned columns and portico roof only worsen this architectural confusion. Our design clarifies the architecture. The stately—even dramatic— Captains’ porch, the balustrade along the porch’s flat roof (and repeated to the left and right of the main floor), and dentil molding all bring this facade directly into the Federal Adams style.
2.) Proportion. Gone is the horribly tiny roof supported by over-sized columns. It is replaced by the stately Captain’s porch that dominates and defines the facade. The side rails repeat the style of upper rails and carry the eyes to the sides of the house, and establish the porch’s large scale. Note how the deck rails are larger and visually heavier than the roof rail — appropriate for lower rails. The bottom steps are wide, following the precedent of the dominant Captain’s porch. And they are made of heavy, dark granite — appropriate for bottom steps. They visually anchor the Captain’s porch to the ground, as does the wide, long walkway.
3) Detail. All the features are thoughtfully planned and carefully constructed.
Together these features re-define the house. And the wide, covered porch; expansive steps; and generously proportioned open side decks extend the family’s front living space.
The primary purpose of a portico is to enhance the appearance of your home. A custom portico from Archadeck of Suburban Boston adds dramatic curb appeal and welcome guests. They provide an attractive entry point to your home and their design can be simple or elaborate. The key to an appealing portico is that it matches your home in style and proportion.
A portico also has another purpose: to shelter you and your guests from rain or snow upon arrival at your home. It shelters you while you get out your key and unlock the door. It shelters your guests while they ring the doorbell and wait for you to greet them.
— Your house can look like this!
A portico is more like a stoop with a roof than it is like a porch. People do not expect to sit out on the portico and chat, pass the time or greet passers-by.