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 small plant bed replaced a group of shrubs to help the porch blend into the landscape.
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.
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.
When closed, the custom shutters are secured with simple hook-and-eye hardware.
This is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning.
Rough Cost Estimate: $885
(Does not include labor costs or applicable taxes, which vary by market, or the cost of tools and plants.)
Hardware & Supplies: $380
Exterior Paint: $115
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 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.
Add graphic detail and versatility to your screened porch. Get the plans for this screened-in porch.