Your outdoor rooms

May 23, 2014 

We recently invited readers to share their porches and patios with us. Here are a few that show the wide-ranging, imaginative ways Triangle homeowners enjoy the great outdoors.

Retired builder’s remodel

Our home is set back 200 feet from the street on a 3-acre, heavily wooded lot. Our porch is about 900 square feet and is our favorite place to spend time at home.

As our daughters married and started their own families, we outgrew our old porch and decided to build one with room for everyone. We removed what were double-wide (or twin) windows from the living room and dining room and installed “out-swing” French doors that allow us to open the entire house to the outside when weather permits. The large doorways entrance traffic flowwhen we entertain a large crowd or just busy grandchildren.

Marty and Mary Graff


Connection with nature

Our screened porch, which we recently updated to enable three-season use, is the favorite room in our house. From the porch, we are able to see the result of outdoor projects we have completed over the past 14 years and gain a sense of connection with nature. We can see bird feeders and a birdhouse (recently with a black-capped chickadee nest), deer, raccoons, squirrels and other creatures. We can hear the sounds of songbirds and owls and pileated woodpeckers, though the latter seldom show up.

We enjoy the porch in the rain and the cold as well as during summer season. A table and chairs makes for a perfect dining experience with a better view than any restaurant around. Darlene grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina, so being able to see the trees with and without leaves as well as the snow, is reminiscent of childhood. Reading on the porch or just relaxing and doing nothing is a wonderful respite from busy schedules.

And our cats Titus and Coal have the benefit of breezes and outdoor living without actually being outdoor cats.

David and Darlene Creech


Enjoyable after dark

We just had a designer decorate our backyard patio and add lighting and we just love it!

Frank and Johanna Silber


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