For Lasting Time on the PorchPorch enclosures turn your porch into a sun room, screen porch, or 3-season room and can be done without breaking the bank. Mary and I love enclosed porches because they allow you to enjoy the outdoors in more comfort for more months of the year.
We found that it's not easy finding information about enclosure options. Let us sort it all out for you.
Enclosures range from outdoor curtain systems and simple DIY weekend kits to more complex units that are installed by technicians.
Whether you opt for curtains or an elegant open air system, there's an enclosure for just about any budget or reason.
The two of us hope you enjoy these ideas for enclosing your porch
1. Screen Porch Windows
A do-it-yourself solution that we personally love.
Makes it really easy to enclose your porch, deck and even your garage if you'd like.
Windows are custom made to fit almost opening width making them very easy to install.
Learn all about these innovative porch windows. They might be the solution you've been looking for.
2. Outdoor Curtains and Outdoor Drapes
Add elegance and ambiance by using outdoor curtains or outdoor drapes on your porch, screen porch, 3-season, and four season porches.
Porch curtains move with the breeze and add a whimsical touch to your porch.
Consider outdoor curtain panels.
3. Attractive Mosquito CurtainsMosquito curtains, a very specific type of porch curtains, are an easy way to enclose your porch, deck, or patio without the expense of screening your porch.
These are ideal for almost any geographical location where mosquitos and other insects are a nuisance.
Note: Photo is courtesy of The Larelle House Bed and Breakfast which has now become the Dickens House Bed and Breakfast.
4. Portable Screen Porch Enclosures
A screen enclosure such as this one you see here, is a rather simple way to turn your patio into a screen room for fair weather months.
This semi-permanent structure allows you the flexibility of using throughout the season on your home, cottage, RV or mobile home. Dave and I had something similar to this on our home when we lived in New Hampshire and we just loved the extra living space it gave our family - especially for meal times and for just enjoying the outdoors.
This product is a DIY project for two people.
5. DIY Screened Porch KitsFrom standard packages to custom-made, DIY porch enclosure kits are great for adding space and prolonging your outdoor enjoyment.
Our Little StoryWhen we lived in New Hampshire years ago, Mary and I purchased and installed a DIY screen porch enclosure kit like the one pictured below and were glad we did. We enjoyed the additional family space for meals and relaxing.
It was an excellent investment. We entertained friends and neighbors often and our sons have nice memories of time spent there.
Depending on your geographical area, these may be seasonal structures as they are not constructed to bear the weight of snow or ice. However, they are very easy to install and store for winter if needed. They are three sided and attach to the side of your home; perfect for decks or patios.
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6. Sophisticated NanaWall ®Open wall systems give you many options.
An open wall system blends indoor and outdoor spaces of your residence with unobstructed views.
7. Pre-Constructed Window Wall SystemsWindow wall systems can be installed on your porch, deck, or patio using your existing roof. Walls are prefabricated and sized to fit your openings and are perfect as a DIY project for most homeowners.
Panels vary in design as some can slide or swing to open - to allow maximum air flow and versatility.
We think these would be ideal as a screen porch, three season porch, or even four season room.
Watch this short video illustrating this neat option:
Learn more about them at Home Porch And Patio Kits
8. Build Your Own EnclosureYou have several different options, any one of which may be just what you need.
See our extensive section on building your own screen porch to see how easy it can be.
You just might be surprised at your options like a walls only kit! Check it out!
Quick Porch Enclosure IdeaHere's a versatile and easy way to create a porch enclosure, especially one that you can open and close at will to block the wind or to offer privacy when you need it.
Attach shutters together with hinges to extend half of the length between columns. Make two sets for each span. Attach shutter assemblies to the columns. Use an eye and hook to latch the shutters together in the middle.
9. Custom Built Porch Enclosure
Although not everyone can afford to have a custom designed screen porch or three season porch (like the one designed by The Porch Company in Nashville), it is the perfect option for acquiring a one-of-a kind enclosure.
Many of them have built in fireplaces, sophisticated lighting, and exotic flooring. Whether you are considering one or not, you might want to see some photos of exquisite custom screen porches to get ideas for your own enclosure.
10. Convert Your Porch to a Three-Season, Sunroom, or Four Season RoomWhy not extend your outdoor time by adding features to turn your porch, patio, or deck into a three season, sunroom, or even a four season room.
It really isn't that difficult to do because the framing is already in place.
Add porch windows or insulated glass windows, insulation, a heat and/or cooling source, a little siding to the outside and you have
the makings of the perfect outdoor get-a-way spot you can use year round.
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