When homeowners who are seeking a contractor to build their porch, they often come to us with ideas about what they absolutely do want and what they absolutely do not want. Some of the most common themes we hear on the “do want” list are a bright & airy space and one that looks original to the home.
Lee’s Summit AZEK open porch
Common themes for what people don’t want also have to do with light. Homeowners want to make sure that no light is sacrificed in their home because they add a bright and sunny outdoor space to the back of their home. And similar to the wish list, nobody wants a room that looks added on.
These common requests are very important. But there are other equally important considerations surrounding how homeowners want to live outside. Here are some very important questions.
Olathe, KS screened porch with gable roof
Imagine these two scenarios. In the first scenario, you and other members of your family like to steal away in your new room. You grab your morning coffee and your laptop to check your email and sip french blend while taking a look at the emails in your inbox. Another member of your family who comes home exhausted heads out to the porch before the family meal to catch up on the news of the day with a bowl full of fruit or a handful of a snack chips. The book worm in your household can often be found wrapped in her favorite book on the big comfy couch in your porch.
Leawood KS screened porch with AZEK synthetic flooring in Acacia
Now compare those scenarios to these. Your family of 5 or 6 eats dinner out on the porch any and every day that the temperature is over 70 and below 90. Or, your home is the neighborhood magnet for kids and their parents alike. You’re thrilled to have a covered outdoor space to watch them run and play. Or, you entertain regularly and often have groups of people enjoying beverages or football games outside.
Those are very different scenarios and different in more ways than just one. If your porch is often used to steal away, you don’t need to have a space that seats a larger number of people. But, if you plan to use the porch for morning coffee, after work beverages, and for regular book reading, you probably want both an eating area and a seating area. The size of a dual activity living space is a good bit larger than a space that includes only a table or only a seating area. Even if you have a small bistro table, two very comfortable chairs and something to kick your feet up on in between the chairs, the space will be a bit larger than the space that just includes a table and a few chairs.
Shawnee, KS screened porch with outdoor fireplace