Porch Life: Modern Porches Step It Up - I have to play favorites here. This is a former small barn in my neighborhood in Atlanta and is one of my all-time favorite houses. To the left is a two-story addition designed by Samuel "Sambo" Mockbee. The front porch with its metal roof and simple lines creates a perfect transition between the vernacular structure and the contemporary addition. The cheerful Eames rockers bring midcentury flair to the combination.