Deep front and back porches are a Southern staple with Atlanta’s temperate climate, but many homeowners are looking to turn the porch into something with a bit more pizazz. Outdoor rooms – from kitchens to family rooms to trendy mini-cinemas – are sought after extra space by homebuyers, and builders and designers are responding. If you’re looking to add an outdoor room or searching for a new home, here’s some inspiration. – Collin Kelley
The Virginia Highland neighborhood is known for its historic homes with large porches and 1156 Saint Augustine Place is no exception. This huge porch has multiple seating areas, ceiling fans and the opportunity to gossip or catch up with your neighbors strolling by on this residential street. (Photo courtesy of Beacham & Co. Realtors)
This house at 543 Elmwood Drive near Piedmont Park in Midtown brings the outside in with floor to ceiling retractable glass walls in the living room and master bedroom. With a touch of a couple of buttons these custom made walls offer great wooded views and interesting architectural detail to the rooms. (Photo courtesy of Butch Whitfield, Harry Norman Intown).
This home at 1094 Berkshire Road in Lenox Park/Morningside won the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Kitchen of the Year Award in 2012 for its innovative folding glass walls. Once open, the kitchen becomes part of an outdoor kitchen and living room that overlooks the swimming pool. A sound system and double-sided fireplace make this a perfect spot any time of the year. (Photo courtesy of Ken Covers, Fourteen West Realty)
Living in a condo in the city doesn’t mean having to give up outdoor living space. At the 1010 Midtown building, residents have use of these rooftop outdoor living rooms situated under tall trellises and adjacent to the swimming pool. (Photo courtesy of Leslie Williamson, Coldwell Banker)
This storybook-style Tudor home at 758 Wildwood Road in Morningside has a deep porch and connecting deck, which can be used anytime of the year. With summer upon us, the shaded porch with ceiling fan will be the perfect spot for a glass of iced tea and a book or to host a party. (Photo courtesy of Ken Coves, Fourteen West Realtor)