Before & After: Farmhouse Remodel
After carefully restoring her 200-year-old Federal-style farmhouse in Stanly County, North Carolina, the homeowner quickly realized she lacked a crucial country-living element: a spacious, covered outdoor space where she could entertain, relax, and enjoy the views. In stepped Charlotte-based architect Ken Pursley to design a screened porch addition that would afford the outdoor living she wanted and still uphold all the integrity of the beloved historic farmhouse. Using the original home as his reference point, Ken devised a plan for a porch that was in keeping with the home's architectural spirit but still felt like a separate structure that had been added at a later date.
Solution A new L-shaped screened porch that juts off the rear of the house, maximizing breezes and views of the surrounding farm
Ken was careful not to let the addition overwhelm the original structure. "I tried to be sensitive to the main house by being respectful of the existing scale," he says. To do so, Ken kept the proportions and roofline in check by constructing the 635-square-foot addition in two separate but connected zones: a flat-ceilinged breezeway and a vaulted living/dining area .
1. Entrances Matching screened doors on both sides of the breezeway allow guests to enter the porch and back of the house from the barn or pool area.
2. Wet Bar Placing an island in this high-traffic area is a clever use of space. Guests can grab a drink on their way to the adjoining dining and seating areas.
3. Dining Area Keeping the homeowner's frequent entertaining in mind, Ken carved out an eating spot on one side of the porch to fit a generous table and an antique church pew used as a bench.
4. Living Room Three sides of screens provide multiple views and plenty of cross breezes. A large stacked-stone fireplace keeps everyone toasty on cool evenings.
Chimney and fireplace masonry: by Randy Sells Stone Masonry, Inc., Richfield, NC; 704/463-7636. Floor paint: Mega Greige (7031); sherwin-williams.com. Sofa, love seat, and gliders: Classic Wicker Collection in Black Walnut (60167, 60168, and 60169) with cushions in Fife Wheat by Summer Classics (summerclassics.com) for Frontgate; frontgate.com. Pillows (on chairs): Bird And Nest Screen Print Pillow (D98); lacefielddesigns.com.
A French door connects the porch to the kitchen for easy access when entertaining.
Kegerator: by Custom Home Pubs, LLC, Matthews, NC; customhomepubs.com.
Metal curtains: by Cascade Coil Drapery Inc.; cascadecoil.com.
Refrigerator: Built-in Undercounter Refrigerator (FF521BLBI) in Stainless Steel; summitappliance.com.
The farm table was handcrafted from antique heart pine by Georgia Harvest Tables.
Bench: vintage church pew. Similar items available through Cline's Country Antiques, Mt. Pleasant, NC; clinesantiquesmpnc.com.
Green pillow fabric: Ranger Twill in Fern (000280741); calicocorners.com.
Pillow (middle on bench): Jute Braid Pillow Cover in Tumbleweed; potterybarn.com.
Birdhouses: handcrafted by Ty Buris, Bear Creek Cabinet Shop, Oakboro, NC; bearcreekcabinet.com.
Island: custom, designed by Mark Kline, Pursley Dixon Architecture, and crafted by Ty Burris, Bear Creek Cabinet Shop, Oakboro, NC; bearcreekcabinet.com.
Barstools: Madeleine Barstool in Weathered Oak Drifted (62290016 WOAK); restorationhardware.com.
Iron tie-rod, fire screen, and tools: custom by Brian Baucom, Baucom Welding, Monroe, NC; 704/753-4830.