You'll want to consider whether the railing goes in a horizontal or vertical pattern. This vertical railing used on a metro Atlanta porch by Edwards Andrews Homes contrasts with the stacked stone layout of the fireplace.
Outdoor living spaces and extra details such as ceiling fans are becoming even more important in home construction. This covered deck designed by Edward Andrews Homes in a new community in Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta, boasts a paneled ceiling with a ceiling fan, providing a breeze and illuminating the seating area.
The covered back porch and patio steps and floors previously had different shades of concrete. Concrete Craft covered the concrete with a coating, imprinted it with texture and hand-carved the design to make it look like hand-laid stone.
Under a metal roof and steel beams, a collection of hammocks creates an inviting, cozy space to unwind and enjoy the magnificent lake view from the top floor porch. Recessed wall lights give off a warm glow at floor level.
The Matsumotos wanted an outdoor dining area on a covered porch. The tin ceiling was made from the repurposed metal roof from the home's original structure. A hanging planter was fashioned from an old wooden box salvaged from inside the old house.
Sleek rocking chairs, boxy armchairs and a clean-lined sofa pair with a large fire pit for a cozy yet contemporary feel on this back porch. Large sliding glass doors allow outdoor-indoor functionality.
Sliding glass doors open onto the back porch, where a wicker rocking chair and bench invite a leisurely afternoon of reading. The wood deck and large columns echo those at the front of the house, and so ensure that the home feels cohesive from start to finish.
This garden shed has a sloping roof on one side, and, on the other, a partially-covered porch. Stone steps lead from the ground to the porch, which has railing on two sides. Strings of exposed bulb lighting stretch from the house to trees.
Around the back of the house, two spacious seating areas give guests plenty of room to stretch out. While the adults enjoy casual conversation and a drink on the porch, the kids can tumble and play on the grassy lawn.