A covered back porch can be a wonderful addition to any home, providing extra space for relaxing or entertaining outdoors. If you’re looking for ideas on how to create the perfect covered back porch for your home, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we’ll share some of our favorite covered back porch ideas, and photos of our back porch projects to provide you with plenty of inspiration. So whether you’re just starting out with your covered porch plans or you’re looking for some new inspiration for an existing porch, read on for some great ideas!
Tongue and Groove Ceiling
There’s nothing quite like a tongue and groove ceiling on a covered back porch. It gives the space an instant feeling of comfort and relaxation. Plus, it’s a great way to add some extra visual interest to the porch. If you’re not familiar with tongue and groove ceilings, they are created by interlocking pieces of wood or other material. This gives the ceiling a finished planked look that is both attractive and durable. If you’re thinking about adding a tongue and groove ceiling to your porch, we have another article all about it.
A ceiling fan is a great addition to any porch, providing both style and function. Not only will a ceiling fan keep your porch cool on hot summer days, but it will also add a touch of visual interest to the space. There are many different styles of ceiling fans to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that fits your porch’s décor.
When selecting a ceiling fan for your porch, make sure to choose one that is durable and weather-resistant. Usually, they are labeled for outdoor use.
A Fireplace is a Great Addition to a Covered Back Porch
There’s nothing quite like relaxing in front of a cozy fireplace on a cool Fall day. If you’re planning to add a fireplace to your covered porch, there are a few things you’ll need to consider. First, you’ll need to decide what type of fireplace you want. There are many different options available, from traditional wood-burning fireplaces to more modern gas or electric models.
Once you’ve decided on the type of fireplace you want, you’ll need to choose a location for it. Keep in mind that fireplaces can be quite heavy, so you’ll need to make sure the floor of your porch is strong enough to support it. If you decide to go with a wood-burning masonry fireplace, you will need to have the block and brick laid up from the foundation. And of course, you will also need a working chimney. If you go with a masonry fireplace, know up front that it will cost quite a bit more than a gas fireplace.
A Place for TV
Back porches are a great place to hang out and watch tv, especially football games in the fall. If you’re planning to add a television to your porch, there are a few things you’ll need to plan for. First, you’ll need to decide where you want to place the television. It’s important to choose a location that is out of the way of foot traffic and protected from the elements.
Second, you’ll need to make sure the television is properly secured. So, this might mean adding additional blocking to the framing of the wall. This will give you something to fasten the tv mount to. But if the wall is going to be bricked, you don’t need to worry about the additional blocking. You will also need to make sure you have an electrical outlet. Both of these should be installed at the proper height. We have a useful article all about how high to mount a TV.
Since almost all TVs are “smart” now, there’s no need to worry about running cable. You can simply connect your TV to your WiFi.
Porch Flooring Material
There are many different porch flooring material options. The most popular include wood, composite, stone, and brick.
Wood is a classic porch flooring option that has been used for centuries. There are many different types of wood that can be used for porch flooring, including Teak, Ipe, and treated pine. Wood is a beautiful and natural material that will give your porch a classic look.
Composite materials are another popular option for porch flooring. Composites are made from a mix of wood and plastic fibers. They are durable and low-maintenance, making them a great choice for busy families. Plus, they come in a variety of colors and styles to match any décor.
If you’re working with a concrete slab, stone, brick, and tile are three other popular porch flooring materials. Stone is a natural material that adds beauty and elegance to any space. Brick is a durable and classic material that will give your porch a timeless look. And tile will give you durability and plenty of style options to choose from.
We’ve used almost all of these materials on our covered porches over the years, and have to say we love all of them, but each has its pros and cons. Find a material that fits your style and lifestyle best and go for it!
Covered Back Porch Railing
If your porch is over 3ft off the ground, you’ll need to add railing to meet building code requirements. There are many options available, but our favorite is the horizontal board look. We’ve found that this style of railing works with almost any style of house. Its simple clean lines provide a modern look, yet still finds a way to remain timeless.
This type of railing is also very simple to build. In fact, you could probably DIY it! We even have a tutorial showing how it was built on our own back porch.