Adding a Seasonal Porch
A timber-framed, screened-in porch with an awning roof keeps out insects but comes down easily to let in winter sun.
Synopsis: This article describes an unusual timber-frame screen porch that keeps out insects during the summer but can be dismantled in the winter to give the house a warming sun exposure. The awning roof and timber-frame sections are light enough to handle easily.
In an age of maintenance-free building, a structure that requires attention at least twice a year may seem out of step. But as I look back, my decision to convert an open deck into a summers-only screened-in porch still makes sense to me.
From the outset, you must believe that it actually gets hot in Maine during the summer. We live in a small clearing in the woods, sheltered by lots of tall, wind-shielding pines. On sunny days, the temperature on our open, south facing deck regularly reaches well into the 90s, frequently topping 100°F or more.
Of course, by late afternoon it usually cools to the…