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.
Screened Porch, KentIsland-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.
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.