Need some help designing my covered porch

topmanJune 10, 2012

I have attached a rough sketch of our covered porch. The ultimate goal is to fit a fireplace, a 36" built-in grill and some small patio furnitures in the porch. The difficult part is we have two sets of french doors from living room and dining room. While they give us direct access to the porch, they are taking up much wall space. We will consider changing one pair of the french doors into sliding door to save room if needed.

Need some help and inputs in designing our relatively small covered porch! One option we thought about is to give up the fireplace and put the grill there instead and put a fireplace outside the porch in the backyard somewhere. Before we make our final decision, I thought I can borrow some more brains on the forum! Appreciate any help. Thank you!

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Is the "dining room" a formal space, or is a casual area off the kitchen? If it is the could change the door to a single glass and move it over to the left, closer to the corner. That would give you more wall space, but I wouldn't do it if removing the French doors makes your dining room look odd. I would say just move the fireplace to the patio...but we have a covered porch with one open side and a fireplace, and we just love having the fireplace there. Our space is a little bigger, but we are actually planning to put a built in grill/cooking area down on the patio and not have cooking on the covered porch at all. Granted, it is a few steps further from the house, but I would rather have the smoke further away. are going to have a pool and all that...I think it would be great to have a grill out there for parties!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 11:32AM
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Yes, the dining room is a formal dining area so we try not to change the french doors if we can. The smoke from the grill is one concern we have too since we are not going to add a vent hood in the porch. May be we should just put the grill on the patio instead like you did. Thanks!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 5:45PM
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Have you checked to see if code in your area allows you to have a built in grill on a covered porch without a vent hood? Even if it does allow you to do that, it is not a good idea.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 9:07PM
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Yes dekeoboe, our builder has done quite many houses with built-in grill including his own. The smoke issue is something I am concerned too but it seems like people who have done it in my area didn't have too many issues with it. I would like to hear more opinions on this though!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 9:16PM
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