With this hectic life, the porch has become such a welcoming and necessary refuge.  Here’re our great porch ideas featuring some of our favorite porch features to inspire you.

Wrap Around Porches

A porch which goes beyond the front or back main area and wraps left or right adds another dimension to front or back porch living.  

Often described as L-shaped, the porch can offer multiple areas for seating and in some cases – the addition of a porch swing.  In our pretty Southern Preserve neighborhood off Lewisburg Pike in Franklin, we added a beautiful Four Oak Bed Swing which definitely brings years of enjoyment.  This vignette was created by J & K Design Studio and photographed by Peyton Hoge. 

House & Home magazine cover, Carbine & Associates

This Carbine home porch was pretty enough to be featured on the cover of Greater Nashville House & Home magazine. (Designed by J & K Design Studio. Photo by Peyton Hoge)

And check out this porch in process.  Carbine & Associates is building this beautiful modern farmhouse with a wrap around front porch.  In the back, a screened, covered porch has a double door entrance into the great room.

Modern Farmhouse Porch, Southern Preserve, Carbine & Associates

This pretty Modern Farmhouse has several porches. It is available and being built by Carbine & Associates in Southern Preserve. Click link for listing info.

Two-Story Porches

With the farmhouse style home, a porch is a must-have.  Homes with a second level porches offer views of the pretty rolling Middle Tennessee hills. A porch with a well-built, artful railing makes a lovely addition. 

Double Porch, Carbine & Associates

A second floor porch in Southern Preserve has been styled for fun and games by J & K Design Studio.

This Contemporary Tuscan style home was designed to enjoy the rolling hills from the homes beautiful bank of windows and second story open-air porch. 

Second Floor Porch, Contemporary Tuscan, Carbine & Associates


Screened Porch

A covered porch provides an unobstructed view of a pretty home site.  Many opt for screening the porch to protect against unwanted pests.  In recent years, homes like the HGTV Smart Home have added a retractable screen system. Click here to see the retractable screen system. 

An added charming element is choosing either bead board or tongue and groove for the screened porch.  In historic homes around Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina, a pretty shade of soft blue-green was used, called haint blue, to ward off spirits.  Today, painted ceilings help bring an interior room element into an outside room extending the feel of the living areas. 

Covered Porch, Carbine & Associates

This pretty covered porch with a tongue and groove ceiling helps extend the living spaces of the home. (Photo by Leslie Brown Photography)


Fireplace Choices

A fireplace helps extend the use of a porch for mild winter days.  Using a gas starter with a wood-burning fireplace is a great short cut to a perfect cozy fire.  

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Front Porch, Back Porch

 Living in the South, one thing is certain you must have a porch.  We recently polled our smart Instagram followers to see if folks prefer the front porch or the back porch and 98% said they prefer a back porch with only 54% saying they had to have a front porch!  Be sure you are following us on Instagram here for additional building and design inspiration.  And by the way, we are fans of both! 

Front Porch, Southern Preserve Custom Home, Carbine & Associates

This front covered porch has exposed wood accents adding extra charm to the Carbine custom home being built in Southern Preserve.

And speaking of polls, the Tennessean recently interview Kristen Carbine who shared how she is using social media polls in the design of her first home being built by Carbine in Green Hills. Click for the fun story from this social media influencer. 

Kristen Carbine Home Rendering, Carbine & Associates

The Tennessean interviewed social media influencer Kristen Carbine on using Instagram polls in the building of her first home with Carbine & Associates in Green Hills with her fiance.


New Porches Available

Carbine is building new homes in Green Hills and Williamson County – all featuring beautiful porches.  Click here to see the latest available homes including beautiful Nature’s Landing, moments from downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee.

Carbine is also building on home sites throughout Middle Tennessee, contact our building team today to begin your planning process at 615-620-7161.