The ranchburger has a narrow covered porch. Once upon a time, it looks like this.
It gradually took on a Motel 6 aura.
It just needs a little inspiration (and perspiration), I guess.
String lights in this loggia add pizzazz to an outdoor dining room.
This space is way more formal than my Motel 6; but I like the idea of a bench and potted plants.
Vertical landscaping is another way to create a sheltering, private area.
Mediterranean Patio by Santa Barbara Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
A huge porch has been divided into two spaces--an outdoor kitchen at one end, living/dining area at the other.
A narrow loggia serves as a passageway.
The rafters and doors were painted blue, mimicking the sky. A deeper shade grounds the upholstered chairs. A green dining set is fun and sassy.
A fireplace creates a gathering place and turns a porch into an outdoor room.
Rain or shine, a covered porch is a great place for an outdoor kitchen.
Draperies, fine lighting, a fireplace, and a television turns an outdoor porch into a family room.
Another narrow covered space that lives big.
Landscaping is another element to consider. Fast-growing vines can knit together in a season or two, and they can be trained into gentle arches.
I always try to cram too much into a space. I like how this porch isn't overwhelmed with furniture. Chairs and planters are just right and make a narrow spot seem larger.
Traditional Landscape by Sterling Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers SURROUNDS Landscape Architecture + Construction
Ceiling fans, rattan, and blue-trimmed doors create a peaceful, shady place to read or nap.
This Baton Rouge porch oozes Southern charm. Small cafe tables are scattered beyond the confines of the porch, making it seem larger.
I love outdoor spaces that actually incorporate outdoor elements into the design. Why build a roof when you can plant vines and train them over a pergola?
Columns add glamour to a wood-covered pergola. Neutral furnishings allow the view to take center stage.
Traditional Patio by San Anselmo Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Blasen Landscape Architecture
Dappled light peeks though another charming vine-covered pergola.
Covered Porch Ideas
* Incorporate vines and potted plants
*Sturdy teak furniture
*Divide the space into zones--cooking, eating, sitting
*Don't clutter narrow spaces
*Formal furnishings create a formal mood
*Neutral fabrics won't compete with a view
*Color is pleasing to the eye and lifts the spirit
*Add furniture beyond the porch's boundaries
* A fireplace adds cozy charm and extends the outdoor season (early spring till fall).