Homeowners looking to add square footage to their living space are turning to the trend of outdoor living space. Although this newly created space is considered “outdoors”, there are a number of creative liberties you can take to ensure the space is visually appealing and, above all, functional. One of the most popular outdoor spaces starting to be designed and built is screen porches.
The best porch designs blend the advantage of being outdoors with the comfort of being in your very own living room. In order to achieve this delicate balance, we provide four ideas for anyone thinking about building a screen porch at their home.
Consider the Size – There may not be a bigger regret when adding on to your home in knowing you didn’t build your new space large enough. Not having enough space in your screen porch could deter you and your family from actually using the new area. A few extra square feet would help accommodate all of the furniture you plan on putting in the room, entertainment space, or even built-ins. Think about how you could potentially use the space prior to any construction and account for the right amount of square feet.
Location is Key – A porch can be utilized the majority of the year. Take in account the hottest days of the year prior to any construction. Make note of where the sun shines on your home and think about the temperature. If you want to use your screen porch during the hottest parts of the day, consider locating it on the shaded side of your home.
Privacy from your neighbors is also key. Being outside and enjoying Mother Nature with your family can be an enjoyable experience, but not if your neighbors are always looking in. If possible, position your screen porch away from noisy neighbors or unsightly buildings.
It would also be wise to think about how you would access the new porch from within your home. Avoid saying “I wish I would have located the porch off the living room instead of the dining room”. You may not want guests traveling through parts of your home in order to get to the entertainment spaces within your home.
Furnishings – Even the most beautiful porches can be ignored if there aren’t the proper furnishings or amenities included. Screen porches nowadays include all types of amenities including flat screen TV’s, wet bars, built-ins, ceiling fans and even fireplaces. Think about how your space would be used, how you like to entertain, and talk to your contractor about what you would like to see included.
Maintenance – You want little to no maintenance with your screen porch. Venting the trim, pitching the screen porch floor slightly and protecting support posts are just a few things you should take account for when building a new porch. Consult with a professional and make sure that when the construction is complete, you aren’t left with the thought of regret due to the amount of maintenance that is required.
The ideas listed above will help you as you start getting your thoughts together of how you want your screen porch constructed. Enjoy the planning process and make certain you account for everything so that you are able to fully enjoy your newly created outdoor living space.