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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.
Severna Park, Maryland
For the Owner of this
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,
4 Quick Design Tips
- Size:Get the maximum enjoyment by making the overall size large enough to accommodate a seating area and a dining area.
- Electrical: You will want to have plenty of outlets along the perimeter to reduce tripping hazards from electrical cords.
- Ceiling fans: A little help for mother nature on those days and evenings when breezes aren't as plentiful.
- Skylights: Invite natural light into your screened porch. Plus, you will appreciate the additional light brightening the adjacent interior room.
4 Décor Essentials
- 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.
- Area rugs: Outdoor carpeting will do a nice job at segregating your spaces and enhance the feeling of an actual living space.
- Plants:Either hanging, or on a pedestal, or simply placed in decorative pots will bring life and added beauty to your screened porch.
- 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.