Sebastian Salvadó, the creative director for the design firm RIOS, wrote in the Wall Street Journal about his idea to help people transform their homes by building a “super porch” – an enclosed space covering much of people’s front yards.
We were a bit amused because we’ve been building super porches for years. We refer to them as timber frame pavilions (we even offer several as kits). These much-loved indoor/outdoor spaces get a lot of use–whether for entertaining, cooking al fresco, an outdoor exercise (or yoga) space, taking the perfect afternoon nap, or immersed in a good book on a crisp autumn day by a wood-burning fireplace.
Typically, we’ve been asked to build timber frame pavilions in the backyard, but we’re intrigued by Salvadó’s idea of building post and beam wood pavilions and gazebos in front yards to encourage social interaction. He must be onto a trend because one of our upcoming projects is exactly that–an octagonal timber-framed pavilion set by the road close to the golf course so that the owners’ friends will drop by and have a drink.