You want to add some extra functionality to your home? Focus on the porch! Screened porches are a practical, fascinating addition to any house.
Unquestionably, even a small screened porch can take your home to a whole new level. It blurs the boundaries between indoors and outdoors and you can enjoy some fresh air while being protected from the sun, cold, and rain.
Just imagine sitting there with a glass of ice tea and reading a favorite book or just relaxing…
When thoughtfully furnished, it can be used almost year round for family dinners and gatherings, parties, or for spending quiet, calm evenings protected from the elements and mosquitoes.
Unleash your creativity, any porch can be turned into a dreamy hideaway.
If you don’t have a porch, then, consider building one, this is a relatively easy, affordable way to increase your living space.
If you already have a porch, but you think you don’t make the most of it, plan a remodel and transform it into an inviting screened porch.
Building a New Porch
Screened-in porches are gaining popularity, and for a good reason.
As mentioned above, building a screened-in porch is a reasonably budget-friendly solution, which adds some extra space, functionality, and appeal to your home. Plus, screened-in porches can turn into any home’s focal point. Not to mention that adding new functional spaces definitely increases the value of your home.
However, some research and planning beforehand are necessary.
First, consider zoning requirements.
After evaluating different solutions, you have to make decisions about its location and design, the roof style, door placement, the amount of light you want in the porch, and electrical needs.
Since the prices dramatically range, get at least three estimates.
With an array of options available on the market, the choice of building materials is not an issue.
Generally, apart from your vision, preference, and needs, you have to also take into consideration the location of your home with regard to weather conditions.
To avoid any safety and structural issues, you should necessarily consult a professional.
Above, a staircase leads to an adorable newly built porch. It definitely blends beautifully into the look of the house. Potted plants and a bench add extra color, interest, and appeal.
In the picture above, a new screened-in porch with new furniture lends a new look to this home. An existing deck was transformed into a cozy, inviting screened-in porch. Definitely a dramatic change!
Note that DIY screened porch kits, ranging from very simple to custom made to meet specific needs, are also available. They offer a way to either built a completely new screened porch or convert an existing deck to a screened porch. Usually, these kits are easy to install. With framed made of extruded aluminum, they come in a range of sizes and colors to integrate into almost any environment.
Above, a DIY kit was used to easily add a porch to this house.
As for the furnishing of the porch, your only limit is your imagination.
Remodeling an Existing Porch
Bored by the look of the screened porch? Want to add to its functionality? It’s high time to do something about the porch dangerous flooring? Then, focus on porch remodeling. However, if short on budget, spend money where it matters. As safety always comes first, address existing safety issues.
Consider some money-saving ideas, such as reuse, repaint, or recover what you already have instead of buying new items. Just unleash your creativity and lend furniture a new, fresh look.
Borrowing décor from other rooms is also an easy, affordable option.
When it comes to minor remodels rearranging furniture pieces is another budget-friendly solution.
Do not underestimate garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets. Sometimes, you can really find second-hand treasures in perfect quality at a bargain.
Actually, painting the walls of the porch is the simplest and most affordable way to refresh any space. Always keep in mind that some coats of paint can do miracles! Choose light colors to add a sense of space.
Inspecting the existing screens and changing the worn-out ones/if there are any/ is always a smart idea. This will work double. On the one hand, the invasion of bugs penetrating through damaged screens will be avoided, and on the other – will enhance the space.
As for any major remodel projects, at some point, you can consider incorporating a faux fireplace, it is definitely a gorgeous addition in terms of functionality, ambiance, and appeal.
Above, a budget-friendly transformation with a fabulous result. Thrift store wicker furniture, a floor lamp, which was given a facelift, new throw pillows and voilà: you have an inviting, appealing front porch! Definitely a stunning makeover!
Screened Porch Design Ideas
Unquestionably, your screened porch décor should meet your needs and express your style and personality.
However, as it is exposed to sunlight for most of the year, when decorating, focus on using durable materials.
Wood and indoor/outdoor rug are common flooring options. With an array of options available on the market, the screen choice depends mainly on your budget and the climate where you live. Note that sun-blocking and pet-resistant screens are also available.
Adequate seating is a must-have décor element.
Above, a charming multi-purpose screened porch with pops of blue. A woven resin sectional sofa complemented by garden stools offer plenty of seating space. Mismatching tables provide dining space and curtains – privacy. Lanterns add lighting, visual interest, and romance.
Creating a focal point is an often used way to add visual interest and personality to any space, including screened porches. Anything – from a stone fireplace to a vintage piece of furniture to an oversized potted plant to a piece of art can do the job. The choice is yours, your only limit is your imagination.
Above, in this eclectic porch, a stunning chest creates a dramatic focal point. A beautiful rug adds extra personality. Potted plants bring in color and freshness. Definitely a charming hideaway!
When it comes to decorating screened porches, for extra visual appeal and interest, try to mix colors, patterns, and textures.
In the picture above, a screened porch with a gorgeous view. Wood and three different fabrics work well together to create an inviting space with tons of charm and personality. Flower and fruit arrangements add freshness and pops of green, which stand out against the background of warm browns and the timeless blue-and-white color combo. Absolutely adorable space, isn’t it?
If you want to add to its functionality, divide the space and create different zones, such as living and dining. Unquestionably, well-defined zones will lend the space a refined, elegant look.
Above, a stylish screened porch with two zones – living and dining. Bamboo shades offer light control. Patterned throw pillows add lovely pops of color.
Get inspired and try to use every bit of space in a creative, eye-grabbing way. After all, your ultimate goal is to transform your screened porch into a fascinating addition to your home, a place, where to relax in privacy, enjoy the view, or meet with family and friends.
Above, an inviting screened porch with adequate natural light and lovely fresh and potted flowers. Two pieces of botanical prints used as wall art are positioned in a definitely inventive way.
Screened-in porches are definitely a fantastic option to add value, functionality, appeal, and personality to any living space. Do you have one?