Porch Concepts was "born" in October of 2015 in order to supplement the amazing customer experience that our sister Company, Porch Conversion has created. We are a family owned and operated company that has been making your patio dreams come true for decades. For over 35 years, Owners Paul and Mary Maki have been designing and creating stunning sunroom additions and outdoor furniture for families in the Wilmington and surrounding areas.
They began building backyard wishes and patio dreams turning back yards into sanctuary retreats. Porch Conversion, now owned by Tom and Taylor Waddle, is an award winning sunroom builder who made America's Top 50 remodelers in 2018! Due to high demand in the sunroom industry and the need for Mary to "complete" backyard dreams, she created Porch Concepts for homeowners to get the exact vision they were aspiring. Now there was a one stop shop for your outdoor space. The build it and we fill it!
Porch Concepts may have been a simple thought, but one that just made sense. Why not enhance the exciting experience and design of your new sunroom with a 11,000 sq. ft. showroom slam-packed with with gorgeous patio furniture and outdoor furniture ready to be delivered and enjoyed in your new "outdoor" space? Wouldn't it be nice to have a one stop solution for all of your porch and patio needs?
Even customers with outdoor decks, patios, and porches can take advantage of our vast selection of outdoor furniture including wicker and rattan selections, powder-coated aluminum frames, Poly-Lumber, and Sunbrella fabric. Our interior designer and design consultants have over 50 years experience in the furniture industry and are guaranteed to make your outdoor furniture shopping a true delight.
Our goal is to become Wilmington's Showroom for all your outdoor, sunroom, porch, and patio furniture needs. We can fit into any budget, carry a huge selection of manufacturers, superior customer service, and even have financing options available for our valued clients.
MEET THE TEAM
Paul & Mary Maki
Growing up in the west of Ireland and sharing a home with nine brothers and sisters, Mary learned at a young age that everything has value. Her beginnings were full of color! Using these colorful surroundings her mother inspired the children to paint to enhance their young creative minds and to foster cheer for one another and the community. This imaginative approach taken by her mother would come to serve Mary greatly in life.
Paul and Mary have been designing beautiful award winning sunrooms since 1985, enhancing the value and quality of the home, but that creative and colorful side still desired more. The perfect solution came to them. Porch Concepts was born to bring even more joy to their sunroom customers. Now you can add a sunroom to the home and truly make it yours with all the color and furnishings you desire. Your sunroom designer and interior designer are in the same building! Building these outdoor retreats is now easier then ever.
Mary is making her American dream come true by helping everyone in our community build theirs! We are most grateful that Porch Concepts and Porch Conversion is the hotspot for patio enclosure and furniture!
April received a BFA in Art concentrating in Interior Architecture from Longwood University in Virginia in 2003. After graduating she worked as an interior designer in Richmond, Va. In 2009 she decided life is too short NOT to live at the beach so she packed up her and her dog Marley and moved to Wilmington in 2009. After years of managing Art Galleries and Furniture Stores, she was excited to join the Porch Concepts team. April's ability to build rapport, match your needs with the perfect furniture, and knowledge of this industry is unmatched. You will never go wrong when working with this amazing woman.
At Porch Concepts, we understand that interior design can be tough and at times very overwhelming! We are here to help you every step of the way, as much or as little as needed. We offer complimentary design services for those looking to purchase sunroom and outdoor furniture from Porch Concepts. Give our Manager & Interior Designer April Bush a call or stop by to see her today, she would love to help!
Emily has recently joined our growing team adding many years of experience in the furniture industry. She began her career in furniture with the world's largest furniture supplier, Ashley, in a local home store. At Ashley, Emily led her team in sales, mostly due to her excellence in customer service. Promoted to assistant manager, she is now a vital part of the Porch Concepts customer journey from showroom to your sunroom.
Emily brings more than just furniture experience to our team. She has also been very involved in our new marketing strategy. As a Disney vacation planner, Emily has vast experience in promotions and destination shops. She is assisting in making sure we are found more easily as well as making your experience at our showroom much more enjoyable. Don't forget to congratulate her on the new role when you visit.
Rachel is another new addition to our growing team. Hailing from a the corn fields of Illinois. She has a love of nature, and a passion for all things creative. Rachel brings a positive midwestern disposition and a background in spatial design with a colorful perspective.
Coming from a state where bonfires and fireflies light the evening sky, she knows a thing or two about the necessity for comfortable outdoor furniture. When you stop by our showroom, please welcome her to the neighborhood and ask how she can best assist you in bringing your outdoor retreat to life.
Carla has long been a staple here at Porch Concepts. She has had a long and varied career in sales, which has given her a diverse skill set that anyone would love to have in their toolbox. From furniture sales to advertising, television production to real estate, Carla has done it all.
She enjoys helping customers finding the perfect solutions to design your space.
IT/Web Development Manager
Growing up in Topsail Island, Bryan is a local to SouthEastern North Carolina. He moved to Wilmington to attend UNCW and has been here every since. With a degree in Commercial Management Technologies, Bryan has streamlined processes in our warehouse that have tremendously improved our efficiency and capacity. He began his career during college where he apprenticed under 2 master carpenters. He can repair and fix anything he touches.
We are in the process of a new website design and thanks to Bryan's experience in technology, we have been able to add a 3D virtual showroom to our website for clients to view our entire outdoor furniture store online as if you were actually here. April and Bryan have also introduced a new POS and inventory tracking software to allow us to maintain the largest INSTOCK outdoor furniture selection in the Cape Fear region. If you have any technical questions about your furniture, look no further in getting the best possible solutions for your concerns than Bryan.