The word porch in itself is relaxing. It brings to mind lazy summer afternoons with rocking chairs, lemonade and kids playing on the front lawn. A porch is an extension of one’s home; a place to get some fresh air while staying out of the sun, and watch the world go by.
Screened-in porches add a whole new dynamic to the world of porches and a screened-in porch will make you feel more comfortable.
The addition of screens can turn a regular porch in to a room all its own. Simply by framing in and adding a type of wall one gets the sense of being inside, with the added bonus of air flow from screening.
Another benefit of screening is pest control. A typical meal outdoors in the summer revolves around shooing away the no-see-ums, mosquitoes, flies, bees and wasps, which are all attracted to both humans and the smell of food. Eating a meal outdoors in your screened in porch allows you to focus on your food and your company rather than on the bugs. And there will be no need for candles, torches or citronella spoiling the atmosphere in a futile attempt to get the pests to leave you alone.
A screened in porch can be a stand-alone structure or be attached directly to your home. It can function perfectly as a bonus room, complete with furniture: tables, chairs and even a music source for entertainment. It needn’t be a place to dine, but can serve as a play space, relaxation space or as a living room.
There are many ways to spruce up your screened-in porch.
Consider adding indoor/outdoor carpeting, or even an indoor/outdoor area rug. A ceiling fan is a nice touch and will be appreciated on those days when there is no breeze to be found. Lighting is a great addition and doubles the amount of time you can spend on your porch. And be sure to construct your porch to blend in with your home. Make it look like it belongs with identical siding and paint choices, and leave the fancy decorating for the inside.
A screened-in porch can be a wonderful space to enjoy the outdoors minus the glaring sun, buzzing insects and even gentle showers. Night or day your new addition can be a place for family and friends to gather and spend time together. Be sure to construct your screened-in porch to be large enough to accommodate furniture and people while still allowing for flow and movement.