In other parts of the country they are called “3-season rooms.” Here in the Piedmont Triad, a well-designed and built 3-season room is going to be your favorite room in your house almost every day of the year. By swapping Eze-Breeze transom windows for traditional screening, you can easily double the amount of time you spend on your new Piedmont Triad porch.
If you aren’t familiar with this type of room, their defining feature is a lightweight window system that allows you to collapse ¾ of the window into ¼. You always have the light and feeling of openness, but you get to choose how much air you want from the outside. On a hot, still day, you might close the windows and open the house door to benefit from your air conditioning system. On the few truly cold days we have you might leave them closed and use a space heater. Most of the time though, you’ll adjust the windows up or down to feel the refreshing breeze.
Today I’d like to share an Eze-Breeze room we built in Summerfield, NC. The customer is a referral from another happy client and was considering a screened porch. After we spoke about how they thought they would use the porch, I suggested this flexible system. In addition to offering protection from the weather, the windows do a superior job of keeping pollen out in the spring which can be important to allergy sufferers.
The windows’ protection allowed us to use a polished tongue and groove pine floor, similar to the hardwood inside the house. The homeowners will finish the area with colorful throw rugs and patio furniture. Their property shape has a very open sightline to the neighbors, so we included a privacy wall which does double duty as a place to mount and wire a television. We matched the wall and the columns to match the home’s existing trim.
Just outside the porch door is an open-air, pressure-treated wood deck with room for additional seating and plenty of space for the grill. The deck extends out past the edge of the porch in a shape that reminds me of a classic southern rotunda. We laid the floor out on opposing angles with a parting board down the middle, making the deck look very spacious and adding structural stability which will increase its lifespan.
When you look at the porch from the deck side, you can see where we opened the top of the shed roof to let in the most light possible. I think design details like this are really important. The homeowners built this porch to have a light, airy space and I look for every opportunity to maximize those qualities for them. We used narrow railing spindles for the same reason. All our design choices are made with the client’s priorities in mind.
If 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.