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Knowing the difference in a covered porch, open porch and covered patio

When it comes to choosing a covered outdoor living space for your Nashville home, there are quite a few options. Finding the design that is the right fit for your home and lifestyle can be challenging enough with the confusion often associated with the terminology used to define the type of space you have in mind. Archadeck of Nashville is here to help make sure you don’t get tied up in the verbiage of the industry instead of focusing on the important part — the design.

Being an outdoor structure designer and builder we often find ourselves playing the name game when consulting with prospective clients in regards to their anticipated outdoor living design. Many times, there is a communication problem in regards to the appropriate name used to refer to different outdoor structures, particularly with covered structures. Though many outdoor structures are universally known under one title, some structures are called by different names according to the part of the country you reside.


— Nashville covered porch, sometimes referred to as an open porch.

Traditionally, covered outdoor living spaces are just that — covered, but they come under the guise of many different names depending on what part of the country you hail from. In much the same way people refer to cola as pop or soda, or even soda pop depending on the part of the country you live in, covered porches and patios too, are identified by various names. Let’s explore these, shall we?

The Nashville Covered Porch & Nashville Open Porch

Porches are defined as a covered shelter projecting in front of the entrance of a building. This is where the term porch can get complicated. There are many different types of porches, and within this list, there are also many types of names given to specific types of porches. For example, the definition of a porch focuses on the idea of the front porch. A front porch is also referred to as a portico, lanai, piazza, stoop, breezeway, veranda and even a gallery if you hail from certain areas of the Midlands or the Southern United States.


— Murfreesboro,TN, covered front porch.

Porches encompass so much more than strictly the front porch that is conveyed through its definition. There are covered and open porches which are in essence one and the same. In the American West, covered and open porches are most often referred to as porch covers. There are also detached covered porches that are sometimes referred to as pavilions and are often built poolside or in an alternate location on your property to bring the homeowner the most benefit. The word pavilion comes from the Latin word papilionem meaning “tent” or literally “butterfly.” In the eighteenth century, pavilions were popular in Europe. Wealthy people would build these small temple-like buildings where they could go to reflect and find calm.

At Archadeck of Nashville, we pride ourselves in planning, designing and building outdoor spaces that really make a difference in how you live. Making the right decisions early on in the design process will ensure your outdoor structure compliments your home and landscape, but it can also improve your lifestyle and add value to your property. And above all, have a positive impact on your outdoor living lifestyle. With this in mind, we have put together a list of Top 10 Considerations For Planning Your Perfect Nashville Porch.

Archadeck of Nashville proudly serves Arrington, Brentwood, Franklin, Gallatin, Hendersonville, La Vergne, Lebanon, Mount Juliet, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Nolensville, Smyrna, Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station, TN.

The Nashville Covered Patio

Most conventional methods of a covered porch or open porch construction consist of being built on “top” of some kind of deck-like structure, be it wood or composite. However, Archadeck of Nashville has built many open/covered porches and even screened porches over concrete pavers or hardscapes. These are generally referred to as screened patios, or covered patios with the only difference essentially being the floor medium used, and whether the design includes screen.

It is important to make sure your patio, whether covered or not, in installed by a professional. Choosing a seasoned, knowledgeable patio builder who uses top -quality hardscape will ultimately enable a space which can be more readily enjoyed because you know your project was built right. Read The Importance of Having a Professional Design and Install Your Nashville Patio, to learn more.

Archadeck of Nashville uses the Belgard paver line. Belgard is one of the industry’s top manufacturers of hardscapes such as pavers and retaining walls. As the premier manufacturer of pavers in the country, Belgard offers the perfect combination of quality, beauty, selection, and value. This provides several benefits.

As your Nashville porch and patio builder, our goal is to to provide you with an outdoor living space that is filled with function and aesthetic appeal. We hope the information contained in this post helps you better define the perfect covered porch or covered patio to fit your needs and lifestyle.


— Detached poolside covered patio with outdoor kitchen and fire pit.

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