Helmke Industries offers design and construction of any outdoor living project. Designing a new porch or deck are both great ways to get more enjoyment out of your Bergen County, NJ or Rockland County property.
All designs are custom as we aim to make the porch addition look original to and appropriate for your home. We can provide concept drawings with the intent to build the projects we design. Our proprietary construction details are what make our projects not only beautiful, but functional with a minimum of maintenance.
Whether you have an entire design scheme in mind or have no idea where to start, Helmke Industries can create a plan that meets your unique needs while blending with your home. A free consultation at your home is a good place to start.
Building structures that must withstand rain, wind, sun and anything else Mother Nature decides to bless us with is just different than traditional home building and remodeling. Helmke Industries carpenters know how to build structures to handle the weather. We are familiar with the traditional products while also keeping informed of new and innovative materials that are always evolving.
Helmke takes pride in providing you with the best solutions and products for your individual project. There are no “perfect” materials for all situations. We try to educate you on the pros and cons of different building products. We do not push specific brands or materials, but instead inform you of your options and help you compare the different alternatives. With the right people and the right products, Helmke Industries can build you a porch that is as lasting and functional as it is beautiful.
Helmke has valuable experience specializing in innovative porch construction. After all this time, we know what works.
A Custom Porch for Your Unique Needs
We will make sure your new porch blends seamlessly with your home’s existing architecture so it looks like it was always part of the house. We will consult with you about your specific concerns and desires to create a porch that is truly designed with you in mind. For instance, if your main goal is to build a large enough space to entertain friends and family, we will make a beautiful porch design that does just that.
Types of Porch Designs
- Front Porches – Designed to add visual appeal to a home’s façade while serving as an inviting introduction into the home itself.
- Back Porches – Made to enhance your backyard and your home as a whole, with great options for relaxing and entertaining.
- Wraparound Porches – Built to encase multiple sides of your home to wow guests from every angle.
- Patio Covers – Used to transform a simple patio into an attached or detached porch.
To Screen or Not to Screen
Screened porches provide superior protection against insects, rain, sunrays, and more, but they aren’t ideal for every situation. Use our comparison chart to decide which porch design option is right for you:
|Screened Porches||Covered Porches (No Screens)|
|Reduce heat, control insects, and provide privacy throughout the year||Provide overhead protection without limiting views of the outdoors|
|Create an extra “room” outside for eating, relaxing, entertaining, and more||Create entertainment opportunities with seamless interactions with guests and family members|
|Long-term protection that pays for itself in energy savings||Affordable upfront costs that suit any budget constraints|
|Home enhancement with built-in privacy||Open-concept design that adds drama and visual intrigue|
The porch is an opportunity to make a big first impression on visitors and passersby alike. Whether it’s front and center or a hidden respite in the rear of your house, your outdoor haven no doubt gives you countless of relaxation – so why not make it the best on the block? We searched high and low to find some of the most unique porches around to help you design one all your own.
If your porch is already built onto your home, then why not spruce it up with a few creative features? A one-of-a-kind railing gives this basic porch an instant facelift, and combined with impeccable landscaping, this house looks as friendly and welcoming as they come.
If you crave more privacy but don’t want to block out fresh air and sunlight, we’ve got you covered. Here, the path to the door remains unobstructed while a built-in slatted wall creates a hidden spot to kick back and relax without putting yourself on display to the neighborhood. Bonus – the simple and modern wall adds instant allure to your home.
A popular trend in residential architecture is the integration of the outdoors within the home. This porch, however, flips that trend on its head – the outdoor area is warmed up with touches worthy of the home’s living room! The ideal place to enjoy the fresh air while taking a break from the sun, a porch like this is the perfect addition to any lake house!
A line of foldaway doors completely opens this home up to the porch while allowing for a cross-breeze unlike any other. Don’t worry – a retractable screen can be released to stop any bugs from sneaking into your entryway. With an expansive view into the home, this traditional porch maintains its wow factor even when the foldaway doors are closed.
Unfortunately, a porch isn’t ideal for every house. If your grounds don’t permit the real thing, spruce up a delineated area in the front or back with a hanging swing. The sense of permanence it offers will give your patio a more formal feeling than any array of lawn furniture.
This screened-in porch addition enables homeowners to enjoy the surrounding woods without worrying about pesky insect bites. Here, choosing a semi-circular layout rather than a straightforward rectangular addition upped the wow factor of a classic screened-in porch.
Take a cue from the south (New Orleans to be exact) and highlight extensive detailing with a bright color palette. Lace railings and ornate features stand on their own in a neutral palette, but really shine when you add a little color.
We love the idea of mimicking the porch’s railing with a similar design overhead. A slatted ceiling would be eye-catching on its own, but the curved wall to ceiling design takes this porch’s appeal to the next level — literally!
A porch is made for sitting — so why not incorporate some of that into the design? The double duty bench railing ensures a seat for everybody at your gatherings without the chaotic look of a mix of chairs. While the design here is quite modern, reclaimed wood could be used for a more rustic feel.
Often the most overlooked aspect of a porch or deck, the railing provides a great opportunity to get creative. The intertwined pieces of wood seen here add a whimsical feel to the deck, both in its design and in the shadows at work on the ground.