In Search of the Perfect Screened Porch
Make the right design choices, and you'll have an outdoor room you can enjoy without battling the bugs.
Synopsis: An odd combination of framing and finish work, screened porches are exposed to the weather and must be detailed carefully. This article looks at the choices required for a great porch, from how to frame it to what kind of screen to use. There are also photos and drawings of four different porches, each with unique construction details.
Replacing a dilapidated deck on the back of our house with a new screened porch was the best renovation money I have ever spent. The outdoor space has the feel of a room, and we use it for everything from drinking coffee and reading the paper in the morning to eating supper at night. Best of all, it’s free of bugs.
That, of course, is the whole point, no matter what the porch’s style or size. Without this refuge, enjoying the great outdoors in summer means fighting a losing battle…