Screened In Porches
The Ultimate in Outdoor Living
Screened in porches are by far the best outdoor living home investment you can make. It's fairly easy to convert an existing deck
or patio into a screened porch the whole family will love. Or, build it as a new addition to your home to expand your living space.
You are entering our world of screened in porches, screened additions, and screen porch kits. Before you get too far in the screened porch
design process, we offer a few planning tips to ensure your screened porch will serve you well over the years.
Screen Porch Tips
Many of us start out by converting our existing deck or patio into a screened porch. It just makes sense and it does save on overall costs. Before you do,
make sure that space will be large enough or designed appropriately.
A few chairs and a grill on a deck or patio may be sufficient, but a screen porch gives you more options for
other entertaining ideas.
- A long more narrow screened porch rather than a square one will allow more light into the home and if it
is at least 8 feet wide allow for dining and extra seating on the sides.
- Make sure it is open on three sides for added ventilation, light, and an added sense of being outside!
- Ensure it is spacious enough for entertaining, relaxing, and dining. A 12' x 15' or 14' by 17' is a nice size that you wont' outgrow.
- Exposure is important. A southern exposure is likely to get
way too hot if you live in the south or southwest but it is ideal if you live in the north. If you don't have a choice, include porch shades or blinds in
- Screening. Plan for as much screen as possible. Previously, if you also wanted windows to extend your time outdoors in the fall, you
needed smaller screen panels. Not so today. Screen porch windows can be made to fit almost any size opening.
- Fireplace. A fireplace ensures your screen room is comfortable on cool spring or fall evenings. Screen porches can usually easily
accommodate either a wood or gas fireplace.
- Flooring Materials. You have options. An existing concrete patio floor is probably the least expensive and you can either have
it stained or stamped - makes a beautiful floor that your neighbors will envy!
- Wood floors are most common. You can choose from treated wood, cedar, pine, or even composites. Composite flooring is almost maintenance free.
- Ceilings. A vaulted ceiling is the way for screened in porches. They create a sense of spaciousness by design and make your porch
a lot more comfortable, especially in the hot summer months. Add a few outdoor ceiling fans and enjoy!
Screened Porch Designs
Screened In Porches