Porches and other outdoor spaces such as breezeways, terraces, and carports — all built onsite — serve as the connecting tissue that hold individual living and sleeping rooms together and ensure each Porch House is particular to its place.
The site built porches are relatively inexpensive unconditioned spaces to both build and maintain (no heating and air conditioning). By showcasing the structural elements of roof construction and exterior walls, porches create a nice textured and volumetric contrast with the simpler spatial experience of the adjacent rooms.
Porches are critical aspects of the overall sustainable design strategy and allow each Porch House to adapt to the climate. They create additional shade, foster cross ventilation, and most importantly, provide pleasant and exciting spaces that maximize the connection with the outdoors.