Real-Life Redo: A New Old Porch
Now the whole group can congregate on the large porch, visiting together while also spreading out between the room’s three zones, each approximately 12 by 18 feet. Architect Brad Shapiro removed the steps and small back porch of the existing home, but the double doors, windows, and shutters were left intact. A pair of flanking exits for the new screened porch don’t take away from interior floorspace.
She played up Brad’s parallel fireplace design by hanging twin sections of salvaged stair railing on the chimneys in the outdoor kitchen and the fireside lounge. An indoor-outdoor rug softens and defines the gathering space. The cushy seating that surrounds the hearth counts as the porch’s only new furniture; the arrangement includes an upholstered swing that Kathy had custom made based on an antique bench she saw at a Paris flea market.
Bench swing: custom; for a similar look, try the Cabbage Hill 5-ft. Red Cedar Porch Swing in Natural Cedar; porchswings.com.
The rear entry’s double doors, sidelights, and transoms are duplicates of the opposing front entry.
Flooring: Ipe decking; advantagelumber.com.
Architect: Brad Shapiro, Shapiro & Company Architects, Memphis; shapiroandco.com or 901/685-9001.
Designer: Rhea Crenshaw, Rhea Crenshaw Interiors, Memphis; rheacrenshaw.com or 901/685-8361.