A backyard porch adds an attractive design feature to a home as well as a spot for you to enjoy a number of outdoor activities, from dining to unwinding with the family after a long day. A backyard porch can enhance your home’s living space and market value. There are several backyard porch design ideas that available. For start, an enclosed backyard porch, such as a screen porch or sun porch, gives you a degree of protection from the elements. Screen porches are separated from the outdoors by a floor-to-ceiling screen while sun porches feature walls punctuated with a number of windows. A screened-in backyard porch gives keeps the bugs away on hot summer nights while still allowing a breeze to blow through the area. Covered backyard porches also provide a degree of protection from elements such as blinding sun or rain, but are completely open air.
A covered backyard porch consists of a roof that’s attached to your house and supported with columns, creating a shaded area adjacent to your home. The roof line for a covered porch may extend from the side of your home with a slope or it can be flat. When it’s flat, you have the option of turning the porch’s roof into a second-story deck for additional outdoor space.