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The Joy and Options of a Screened-In Porch

by CustomHomes on Monday, June 10, 2013

Custom homes often get built with screened-in porches. As an extension of the home, many people enjoy having a screened-in porch because it allows them to experience the positive aspects of sitting outside and relaxing without having to experience the negative aspects of it, such as high winds and scorching sun. If one lives in a mild enough climate, they can enjoy this type of porch all year long, not just in the warmer months.

Decor And Furniture Options

Many people choose to furnish their screened porch with items such as sofas, dining tables and coffee tables. A small area rug is a great way to make a porch feel cozy and relaxing. It also enhances the style of the room. Wicker furniture is often used on screened porches because wicker is lightweight and easy to move around. Some people even choose to have a fireplace installed on their porch. Plants can be used to decorate a porch and flowers can add color to the room. Outdoor lamps and ceiling fans also help make a screened-in porch feel like home. Those looking to relax on their porch will often mount a flat screen TV to the wall of the porch.

Custom railings help to give the porch an outdoor feeling, aso do rafters in the ceiling. A beautiful porch ceiling can add to the ambience of a room.

Using big, fluffy pillows and cushions on a porch is another great way to make it a relaxing environment. Couches and lounge chairs can be a welcome site for the tired, weary homeowner who just wants to relax after a hard day, or week, at work.

A chest can be used on the porch to hold blankets for chilly nights, board games for family game nights, or even napkins and coasters.

Great For Entertaining

Having friends and family over for a quiet evening at home is even better when everyone can sit on the screened-in porch and enjoy themselves. Screened-in porches are the perfect place to have a small gathering on weekends, holidays or any other special occasion one can think of.

An Alternate Bedroom

When the weather cooperates, spending a night sleeping in a screened-in porch can be the perfect escape. Anyone that has trouble sleeping due to bad air quality or a room that is consistantly too hot or too cold may sleep much better when they can feel the breeze of the night and perhaps even look at the stars. This is especially appealing to nature lovers.

There are so many different ideas that can be incorporated into a screened-in porch. It is one of the best ways to personalize a house and turn it into one’s sanctuary. Everyone wants to be able to relax and enjoy themselves in their home and for some people, a screened-in porch is just what they need.

Taking an open porch and screening it in, or replacing a torn or worn out screen is much easier than it used to be.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com