A porch fit for a cat in Greenbriar Farms in Northwest Winston-Salem

Gracie looks pretty happy on her new porch.

Gracie looks pretty happy on her new porch.

There are many kinds of cats. I don’t mean specific breeds. There are cats that happen to live in your house and then there are cats who reign over your home as if it is their own feline castle. When you see the picture of Gracie inhabiting “her” new 3-season room in Greenbriar Farms, you know what kind of cat she is.

Many owners who view and treat their cats as members of the family keep them indoors for a variety of reasons. Many veterinarians recommend the practice because indoor cats are not as prone to contract diseases or get into accidents. They also are less likely to have a negative impact on the local songbird population. Still, every cat owner knows that a cat wants her freedom– to watch birds, sit in the sun, feel the breeze. With a Piedmont Triad screened porch, you can create a happy compromise.

Greenbriar Farms greensboro screen porch designWe were able to build this particular porch on an existing deck that we reinforced using AZEK decking in the very popular Morado color from the Arbor Collection. The decking beautifully matches the deeper tones of the home’s existing brick and the brick support columns that we used to harmonize with the rest of the home. Thoughtful professional design recommendations like this one earned us the referral for this project from the owner’s father.

The cats and the homeowners didn’t want to sacrifice light on the inside of the house in order to add this room on the back. We installed two Velux skylights and a high gable roof to ensure that the home’s great Gothic windows continued to get copious sunlight during the day. The white ceiling and trim and tongue & groove pale yellow pine floor also reflect lots of light into the room and the main house. Both the ceiling and floor are also easy to care for–they were perfect design solutions for this room.

Greensboro NC deck with screen porch brick columns lrThe Eze-breeze windows allow the owners to adjust easily to each day’s weather. They prefer to keep them open as much as possible for the cats to enjoy the fresh air, but they are a snap to pull up during a storm or other inclement weather. The porch is a generous size with room for lots of seating for both cats and humans and space for a small heater and some house plants. It’s a wonderful environment for anyone to spend time in.

The cats usually opt for a seat up high, looking out the windows from either the cat perch or one of the human chairs, but if they were to walk across to the rear exit, they could see down into the garden through the black aluminum rails. They are a classic, elegant option that offers style and safety without compromising on the view to the rest of the yard. We are very happy to have created a relaxing space that’s pleasing to the entire family.

John Mallard, owner of Archadeck of the Piedmont TriadIf you are interested in learning about how our quality built structures can turn your house into a home, contact Archadeck of The Piedmont Triad. Call us today for a free consultation (336) 664 – 1332, piedmonttriad@archadeck.net.


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