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Farmhouse with Screened Porch Addition

Lamar, MS

Click Here to see this beautiful porch addition designed by Shapiro & Company featured in Southern Living magazine.

The original home of Dr. Isham G. Bailey was built circa 1845 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The family who owns this farmhouse has been the steward of its refurbishments and as such hired Brad Shapiro with Shapiro & Company Architects with the mission to be sensitive to the home's history and to design an outdoor space that would accommodate the family's active casual lifestyle. The original structure, with its classical center hall, has a gabled porch on the front and side, but since the main focus of the outdoor activities and views was to the rear of the house, adding a large porch in this location made sense. The center gable of the new porch was inspired by the idea to continue the gabled front porch and to accentuate the classic center hall. Using the Italianate architectural detailing from the original house on the new porch cornice contributes to its feeling of belonging and strong connection to the original house. The Family wanted to take advantage of the nearly year-round enjoyment of the outdoors, so the architect designed two spaces within the overall porch. The "lets sit for a spell" space is located on one side anchored by the brick fireplace and antique mantle. The "lets throw something on the grill and have a bite to eat" area is located on the opposite side of the porch and is anchored in similar fashion with a large brick bbq. With its prominent location overlooking the expansive farm and lake views, family and friends enjoy using the porch as much or more then any other space in the house. Visitors constantly are surprised to find out that the porch is new and not part of the original farmhouse. This is the highest compliment that the family and Shapiro can receive.