Ideas for Building a Screened Porch
Summer’s right around the corner. After this long rough winter of being snowed in and cooped up, what would be better than enjoying the great outdoors? How about the great outdoors with shade, a breeze, and no bugs? A screened porch is essentially an extension of your home, and you can make it as extravagant or as simple as you’d like. If you’re considering replacing, updating, or building a screen porch for your marietta home, this article is for you.
A screened porch isn’t a DIY job and should only be taken on by a quality home remodeler that knows your area. A quality marietta contractor will organize the appropriate permits so your screen porch remodel will be seamless and go off without a hitch. If you already have a porch, but want to enclose it with screens, check to make sure the wood is in good shape. Often times, it’s better to start from scratch using updated mold resistant materials, and a nice composite, like TREX decking for increased longevity and minimal maintenance.
You then need to add a roof to the porch. This is a good opportunity to check the existing roof to make sure it’s in good repair. You can add a simple beadboard ceiling that follows the pitch of the new porch roof with gables, or go all out with a coffered (grid patterned) ceiling with fancy lighting. Don’t forget to add ceiling fans to help circulate the air.
Baluster railing is probably already on your porch if it is off the ground, and screening the porch and leaving them intact is a good way to keep the breeze coming and keep the kids and pets from busting through the lower part of the screen. You can also enclose the bottom portion of the walls with some fancy wainscoting. Making your rail or half-wall top ledge nice and wide will alleviate the need for extra surfaces and tables; your decorations and drinks will sit nicely on a 6 inch rail, and you can use decorative brackets to hold them securely to the rails.
If you’re enclosing your entire existing porch, it’s a good idea to add an additional smaller porch outside of it for grilling. This way, you don’t have to go into the yard to cook, and you have easy access to your other materials from the porch itself. There’s nothing worse than watching flying insects investigate your food while you’re waiting for the grill to heat to the perfect temperature. This way they can still be only a few feet from you under the protection of the new porch roof and screen.
Adding a new screened porch to your home will allow you to fall in love with your home all over again this summer.
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