What to Consider When Considering a Screened-in Porch

There are many options when it comes to allowing for more enjoyment of the outdoors in your home. One popular choice today is a screened-in porch. Screened-in porches are a relatively affordable way to allow the sunlight and warm summer air in without the bugs and other unwanted visitors. As with any renovation, the most important place to start is by sitting down and making a list of how you want your new space to function once you’re done. How do you plan to use the space? What activities will take place there? What needs do you want this space to meet? These are a few things to consider when planning a screen-porch addition.

Size: Size is pretty important when designing a screened-in porch. Homeowners don’t generally wish that their porch was smaller, but will regret if they go too small in their design. Your designer can help you determine the best size for your space and needs.

Dining Area: When planning a porch, make sure to include room for a dining area. Meals just taste better out on the porch. Think about the table size you will be using. Maybe you want seating for six or eight. Just imagine all the breakfasts, cookouts and dinner parties you can have with friends and family out on the porch.

Ceiling Fans: Ceiling fans are a must when it comes to a screened-in porch. Not only do they provide you with cool breezes, they add much ambiance to the porch. They are even great on cooler days as their slow movement gently circles overhead. One fan is good, two are even better if it’s a good size porch. Be sure to buy exterior grade fans as they will withstand the elements much better than an interior grade fan.

Lighting: Lighting is so important in any space, be it indoors or out. Think about how you will use the space to determine the best lighting options for you. Including lots of outlets allows for flexibility down the road.

Music: When relaxing in your screened-in porch, there’s nothing better than listening to your favorite tunes. Pre-wiring for outdoor speakers is a great addition to any outdoor area.

Ceiling Height: Think about raising the ceiling if possible. Raising the ceiling will make a smaller porch feel much bigger, and can really help the porch feel even cooler letting the cool night breezes in.

Jacuzzis and TV’s: If entertainment is what you are looking for in your screened-in space, think about fun additions like a TV or Jacuzzi tub for more summertime fun.

Whatever options you choose for your screened-in porch, you can’t go wrong in adding a relaxing outdoor retreat to your backyard that you and your family can enjoy all summer long.


Glickman Design Build ~ June 2014 Homes for Life Newsletter