Real-Life Redo: A New Old Porch
A screened addition to a historic Mississippi farmhouse becomes headquarters to one family’s annual holiday reunion
Screened Porch AdditionThis two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-story brick farmhouse has been the Loeb Holiday headquarters for eight years now. Six years ago, architect Brad Shapiro added a large screened porch onto the rear of the house that has allowed them to enjoy it even more. Prior to then, guests were divided among the den, kitchen, dining room, and living room, which are arranged foursquare style around the house’s wide central hallway.
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.