Forget about solariums: they are rain porches!


SOURCE:  Southern Living/Hector Manuel Sanchez

You’ve heard of conservatories and front porches, of course, but have you ever heard of a rain porch? It may sound silly to you, but glazed porches have been around for a long time and they’re really cool.

Who wouldn’t love to sit outside and listen to the peaceful sound of rain without getting wet?

source: Wikipedia/W.N. Manning

According to the Encyclopedia of South Carolina, porches first appeared between 1820 and 1860 in South Carolina counties north of the Santee River and east of the Wateree and Catawba Rivers. Today, not many southern homes retain their original porch, but they are making a comeback, and for good reason!

source: Southern Living/Hector Manuel Sanchez

Southern Living has discovered a beautiful home in Mobile Bay that retains an original porch dating back to 1908. The east shore of Mobile Bay is especially prone to rainstorms and hurricanes, hence the porch. Ginny Stimpson, owner of the home, explains that her home has several rain porches, “an awning-like extension of the roof that slopes down to protect the house from wind and rain.”

source: Southern Living/Hector Manuel Sanchez

Rain porches extend beyond the porch floor, offering additional protection from storms and wind.

They also feature louvred roofs for ventilation, allowing the roofs to expand and contract depending on wet and dry periods.

Pretty ingenious, don’t you think?

source: Two Men and a Little Farm

If you like to watch and listen to rain, you don’t have to live in the South to get a rain porch.

Sounds like a fantastic idea to me.