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Cozy Cottage Porch

Cool spring breezes are best enjoyed while curled up on a porch swing. Thankfully, screened porch living is an achievable luxury. This space is designed with architectural details to keep out the bugs and welcome friends and family. Come visit for a while.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Before and after of a porch

A small plant bed replaced a group of shrubs to help the porch blend into the landscape.

Custom-built shutters

Custom-built shutters add graphic detail and versatility. Large house numbers near the screen door are visible to guests. The screens keep the bugs at bay, but the shutters give the homeowner flexibility. It’s easy to open them to water plants or chat with neighbors passing by.

classic black hanging lantern

The porch can be enjoyed in the evenings with a classic black hanging lantern. The light blue ceiling color was inspired by a South Carolina tradition. It’s believed to keep away bad spirits as well as bugs.

secured with hook-and-eye hardware

When closed, the custom shutters are secured with simple hook-and-eye hardware.

perfect place for morning coffee

This is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning.

To Frame in the Porch

Frame in porch title=Rough Cost Estimate: $885

(Does not include labor costs or applicable taxes, which vary by market, or the cost of tools and plants.)


Lumber: $245

Hardware & Supplies: $380

Exterior Paint: $115

Accessories: $145


Rough Time Estimate: 1 week

(Does not include lead time for special-order materials)


Since local building codes and and everyone's situation may be little different we can only post some general directions for framing in the porch. Here's how we did it for this particular home owner.


Frame existing porch illustration

Frame an existing porch with 4x4s at 48" on centers vertically.


Horizontal framing is from 2x4s placed at the top, 3/4", and 36" above the floor. Add 2x2s at 6" on center between the two bottom 2x4s.


Have your screened door on hand and frame an opening 3/8" wider and taller than the door. Add a strip of screen at the bottom to cover the 3/4" gap along the bottom.


Follow manufacturer's instructions to screen the openings.


Install door stop and hang the screened door with preferred hardware.

Screened Shutters


Add graphic detail and versatility to your screened porch. Get the plans for this screened-in porch.

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Project Details

  • Lumber (Availability varies by market.)
    • Treated lumber for framing and custom shutters (40 boards, 2- x 2-inch x 8-foot; 10 boards, 2- x 4-inch x 16-foot; 10 boards, 4- x 4-inch x 8-foot)
  • Hardware & Supplies
    • Appropriate anchors for your framing construction material
    • 1 box of 3-inch screws
    • 1 box of 2-inch screws
    • 4 packages 2-inch utility hinges for shutters (#196300, #22438)
    • 4 packages of hook-and-eye shutter hardware (#59497, #80924)
    • T-bar wooden screen door (36 inch, #66793)
    • Screen paneling system (Screen Tight; 3 1∕2-inch x 8-foot black base strips, #21533; 1 1∕2-inch x 8-foot beige caps, #21538; 1 1∕2-inch x 8-foot black base strips, #21532; 3 1∕2-inch x 8-foot beige caps, #21539)
    • 2 rolls of fiberglass screen (48-inch x 100-foot, charcoal, #14436)
    • Screen spline (#42400)
  • Exterior Paint
    • Porch (Valspar Ultra Premium, Olive Sawdust 6007-2C, satin)
    • Swing and door (Valspar Ultra Premium, Belle Grove Spruce 5003-6A, semi-gloss)
    • Ceiling (Valspar Ultra Premium, Ice Rink Blue 4007-5A, satin)
    • Exterior latex primer (Valspar, #165219)
  • Accessories
    • Lantern (Portfolio, model 4974BK, special order)
    • Window boxes (#20222)
    • House numbers (#66745, #66746, #66749)

About This Article

  • Publish Date: 03/02/2009