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Screened Porches

 

Decks often stand unused in Maryland’s scorching hot, humid weather and pesky mosquitoes will often put an end to the hopes of an evening on the deck with a few friends and some good eats.

Perhaps best loved for beating the sun and bugs, screened porches are also an efficient way to gain more usable living space and easily enjoyed as more than just your summer space. 

Screened Porch, Severna Park, Maryland

For the Owner of this Severna Park home, a screened porch was an idea that kept resurfacing year after year.

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Screened Porch, Kent Island-Stevensville, Maryland

Along with a kitchen expansion, another big change for this family's home was the addition of a screened in porch where the family can enjoy outdoor dining without the backyard pests. With its new L-shaped layout, the owner, Nancy carved out a special enclave for herself---her "Zen corner"-a quiet seating area with wind chimes and a bubbling fountain where she can relax and enjoy her home's peaceful setting.

Screened Porch After Screened Porch After Floor Detail

4 Quick Design Tips

  1. Size:Get the maximum enjoyment by making the overall size large enough to accommodate a seating area and a dining area.
  2. Electrical: You will want to have plenty of outlets along the perimeter to reduce tripping hazards from electrical cords.
  3. Ceiling fans: A little help for mother nature on those days and evenings when breezes aren't as plentiful.
  4. Skylights: Invite natural light into your screened porch. Plus, you will appreciate the additional light brightening the adjacent interior room.

4 Décor Essentials

  1. All weather, comfortable furniture:Opt for furniture featuring upholstery that can withstand the elements. Your screened porch will provide shelter from the rain, but it won't keep away all rain.
  2. Area rugs: Outdoor carpeting will do a nice job at segregating your spaces and enhance the feeling of an actual living space.
  3. Plants:Either hanging, or on a pedestal, or simply placed in decorative pots will bring life and added beauty to your screened porch.
  4. Lighting: Incorporate table and or floor lamps. Be sure to use only lighting that is rated for exterior use. Indoor lights are a hazard used outside.  

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This 1970's modular on Kent Island, MD was in desperate need of renovation and upgrading. Villa Builders exceeded our expectations. Now, we have a wonderful home to live in!

Frank and Janet Reale

Testimonials

  • Debbe and Chip Fry, Severna Park, Maryland

    Project: Bathroom remodel

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    On a 45 year old home, it was time for another remodel, this time the hall bath… After hearing great things about Villa Builders from friends, we contacted Jeff Hall, the owner of Villa Builders.  We couldn’t be more pleased with the remodel we got with Villa Builders.  Jeff and his sub-contractors are very professional and Jeff’s attention to detail makes it all work seamlessly.  To start the process, Jeff quizzed us about our likes, wants, and desires for our bath.  He laid out a timeline and a budget which he stuck to.  With weekly progress meetings, Jeff constantly checked on the job.  Our project was developed with the help of his designer, Nicole.  Jeff or Nicole joined me at each of the vendors to help us make the best selections for both esthetics while staying within our budget.  

      

    Living in a construction zone is not easy, especially with a dog, but Jeff made it as easy as he could.  He made sure tradesmen showed up when they were supposed to.  And each day, our house was staged for work and the areas where the subs worked were cleaned of all construction materials and dust before they left.  

       

    Jeff’s attention to detail on our bathroom remodel is comparable to what we experienced when we built a custom home.  Even after the project was completed, Jeff wants to keep his customers happy with the product he delivers. He has checked on how we are enjoying the new bath and whether we’ve had any problems.  It’s all great, Jeff.  We love it.  Thank you!!! 

     

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