Launch Slideshow

Porches

Porches

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    Nic Lehoux

    2004 rada
    The Point House, Montana
    Grand Award/Custom – 3,500 Square Feet or Less
    Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Seattle

    A long cedar porch blurs this Montana house’s southern edge, in contrast to the closed face on the north side, where cedar boxes contain the baths and pantry.
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    Charles Davis Smith

    2008 rada
    Pizza Porch, Dallas
    Merit Award/Outbuilding
    Shipley Architects, Dallas

    Dan Shipley, FAIA, designed this pizza porch for a mid-century modern house in Dallas. The 16-foot-by-16-foot porch sits atop four board-formed concrete piers, with an exposed steel frame and a floor of 2-foot-wide ipe boards. A brick chimney surrounds a simple clay pizza oven, while a FinnForm roof deck shelters the space.
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    César Rubio

    2009 rada
    Kokoris Residence, San Francisco
    Grand Award/Architectural Design Detail
    Jensen Architects, San Francisco

    The stairs to this simple, covered front porch in San Francisco cross over a dramatic water feature.
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    César Rubio

    2009 rada
    Kokoris Residence, San Francisco
    Grand Award/Architectural Design Detail
    Jensen Architects, San Francisco

    Designed by Jensen Architects, the San Francisco porch balances the street elevation and leads to a glass-lined entry hall.
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    Ken Gutmaker

    residential architect, September-October 2005
    Modern Traditions
    Private Residence, Alford, Mass.
    Burr & McCallum Architects, Williamstown, Mass.

    The granite columns on this Berkshires front porch were inspired by nearby Hancock Shaker Village. The home’s deep porches and crisp clapboard siding recall local barns and farmhouses.
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    David Sundberg/Esto

    residential architect, november-december 2007
    Rising Star: Joeb Moore
    Winding Lane Porches, Greenwich, Conn.
    Joeb Moore + Partners Architects, Greenwich

    Joeb Moore, AIA, returned to his first commission, Winding Lane, to add a Bali-inspired three-tier screened porch in 2006.
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    David Sundberg/Esto

    residential architect, november-december 2007
    Rising Star: Joeb Moore
    Winding Lane Porches, Greenwich, Conn.
    Joeb Moore + Partners Architects, Greenwich

    As furnished rooms, the Winding Lane porches occupy a middle ground between indoors and out. They consist of mahogany with a Sikkens boat finish, and each level orients to a different view of the surrounding wetlands.
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    Charles Davis Smith

    2007 rada
    Freezer Panel Walkout, Eulogy, Texas
    Merit Award/Renovation
    Shipley Architects, Dallas

    Oversized, perforated-metal panels act as sunscreens for this Texas master bedroom porch by Shipley Architects.
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    David Wakely

    2008 CHDA
    Walden, Colo., Residence
    Project of the Year
    Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, San Francisco

    A two-story porch graces this Walden, Colo., residence by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects.
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    David Wakely

    2008 CHDA
    Walden, Colo., Residence
    Project of the Year
    Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, San Francisco

    Warmed by a fireplace and surrounded by spectacular views, the stone-floored porch makes a perfect place to pass an evening with friends and family.

With summer just around the corner, our thoughts naturally turn to porches. Whether screened, windowed, or open-air, a porch usually reigns as the most relaxing place in a house. It can serve as an informal entertaining hub, a quiet getaway spot, or simply an extension of indoor living space. The best ones become an integral part of a home’s design, rather than a tacked-on element.

Porches make perfect places to linger after a satisfying dinner, laze on a breeze-filled early evening, or savor a cherished view. They represent the very essence of summer—and we’ve gathered a selection of some of our favorites here.