Comfortable Outdoor Porch

Draw warmth and inspiration from this backyard haven.
Robert Martin
Comfortable Outdoor Porch
Jean Allsopp / Styling:  Buffy Hargett

For Conville and Polly Lemoine of St. Francisville, Louisiana, their backyard veranda serves as a fireside retreat. With views of lush landscaping and ancient live oaks, the covered terrace evokes the laid-back ambience of the Mississippi River Delta. And contrary to popular opinion, this part of the Deep South experiences its share of cool fall nights.

Built for Warmth and Beauty

Composed of a brick chimney, mantel, and firebox, the Lemoines' exterior fireplace is covered with stucco as well. "This touch not only distinguishes it from the surrounding brick walls," says architect Billie Brian, "but it also makes a focal point." When designing this tranquil spot, Billie raised the hearth for additional seating. Plus, by centering the fireplace between a brick opening and the exterior living room wall, she provided a nook for firewood. A gas starter takes the hit-or-miss process out of starting a blaze.