Before & After: Farmhouse Remodel
Solution A new L-shaped screened porch that juts off the rear of the house, maximizing breezes and views of the surrounding farm
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.