07/25/2020 by Ray Wiese 0 Comments
Screened Porch Possibilities
We love a good screened porch because it offers shelter from the elements like the summer sun and an evening getaway from the mosquitos.
It is a great addition to the home because it stretches out the outdoor living season without missing a lazy day outside if the rain comes and with the addition of combination windows and screens you can have a three-season gathering spot. One client we have always reference for the number one reason to opt for the three season version… a pollen free environment during those heavy weeks every spring.
Things to consider when looking at a screened porch addition? Do you plan to lounge alone or in small groups, want to dine alfresco into the night or have large gathering? Will the addition affect any windows and still allow adequate light or can the design creatively make sure that sunshine is incorporated into the design? The options for screens, glass, retractability and styles are endless… and if you think you will want to be outside when the temperature drops, there are even options for instant radiant heat that will let you sip a warm beverage on an October night outside in comfort.
The screened porch pictured here was the only area of a whole house renovation we completed in Wellesley almost two decades ago that we were just called back to work on. The Owner contacted The Wiese Company when we returned from isolation to help provide jumpstart work for our carpenters while the economy was kick-starting again. We replaced the old trim and screens… the couple enjoys sitting there on summer nights and is thrilled with the improved design. A key element we addressed were adding a raised bottom wall that cannot be kicked through or let heavy rain splatter dirt from the ground.
We wrote a blog earlier this year on some prefab designs for gazebos that could be scaled to fit your need and backyard footprint. They offer a great visual on what a screened porch could look like on your home depending on your design aesthetic.