Laurey W. Glenn / Styling Leigh Anne Montgomery
Picture a tranquil porch that's just right for lounging or hosting a pleasant get-together with friends. But before you assume there's lemonade and sliced watermelon, imagine cups of hot cocoa and the soothing warmth of a nearby fireplace. That's right―porches can be enjoyed well into the cooler months.
A Chimney Out Back
There was a time when homeowners Robert and Jill Thomas could only host parties on a raised deck during warm weather. Their Tulsa, Oklahoma, home interacted little with its surroundings. Wanting a more reliable way to stay outside and under cover, the couple called upon architects Stephen Turner and Jeremy Perkins for help.
To create an effortless flow between the home's interior and exterior, the architects positioned the new back porch just beyond the family room. "We also created a wall containing the fireplace, cabinets, and a wood storage cubby to give the porch a focal point and to screen it from neighbors and the harsh western sun," Jeremy explains. They carried some of the same materials, such as white, stuccoed walls, flagstone flooring, and rough-hewn cedar beams, outside.