Points To Consider When Adding a Screened Porch
Screened porches can add another element of enjoyment to your home and draw homeowners outdoors to appreciate the flora & fauna, expand your home’s living space and rejuvenate the senses.
The necessity of screened porches has diminished over the years with the advent of air conditioning. In days gone by screened porches were constructed to offer a respite from the heat inside the home with the airiness of open walls and the inhibitor of pesky bugs that one finds sitting in the backyard. Families and friends gathered on the porch to enjoy time together and those called “sleeping porches” afforded families the opportunity to beat the heat by enjoying a night’s sleep in the cool evening breeze.
Are screened porches passé`? I say “no”. Many homeowners are looking for landscaped and manicured lawns or woodsy private forests to settle among. The beauty of natural surroundings cannot be surpassed by even the finest décor. In a time where folks are rushing everywhere with tight schedules the beauty of nature offers a peace and tranquility not otherwise experienced in our hectic days. Of course, you can pull up a lawn chair and sit in the grass, but this is not an attractive option for many who do not want to trade the hectic pace of the day with swatting mosquitos and dangerous UV rays.
When planning your screened porch there are several things to keep in mind. They are the height of the ceiling and floor. Your screened porch floor should be level with the adjacent room to offer continuity and accessibility, also minimizing the danger of accidents. Constructing a higher porch ceiling creates a brighter more open feel and when contemplating your screened porch do realize that an 8ft ceiling will work for an 8ft deep porch, but will look low on a 14ft deep porch. Screened porches can reduce the amount of daylight entering the adjacent room, so if an overall higher ceiling isn’t possible, the use of a vaulted ceiling could be a feasible solution. A vaulted ceiling angles upward from one side to create a feeling of openness. Another option is the addition of skylights. This is especially important if the ceiling of the adjacent room is higher than the porch ceiling. Skylights can boost the amount of daylight to the porch and bounce more light into the house.
To endear you to the idea of a screened porch see several examples below and whet your appetite for what you can do to incorporate this delightful living space into your home, creating an outdoor space for the family to meet or a quiet get- away for a good book and a cold glass of lemonade.