On a house near the Tappan Zee Bridge, we renovated a small (eight foot by twenty-four foot) porch. It was originally a bizarre cross between gingerbread style and do-it-yourself. We stripped away most of the painted woodwork, boxed in the rest and created a warm, natural look with rough cedar and red fir flooring. The tight, tongue-and-groove decking ran the same direction as the pine floor inside the sliding glass door and helped connected the interior and exterior space. This was a simple project that the clients said changed their lives thoroughly.
(There was a hammock occasionally hung on the porch and we created a matching box for the hammock. It appeared that the decking ran up and over the box.)