The Joy and Options of a Screened-In Porch

June 10, 2013

Some homeowners choose to design their custom homes 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, like high winds or scorching sun. If one lives in a mild enough climate or turns the screen-in porch into a four-season room, they can enjoy this type of porch all year long, not just in the warmer months. These are just a few of the joys and options that are available with a screened-in porch:

Decor and Furniture Options

A screened-in porch offers plenty of opportunities to have more diverse furniture and other decor as it is protected from the climate. Many people choose to furnish their screened porch with items such as sofas, dining tables, area rugs, 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, as do rafters in the ceiling. A beautiful porch ceiling can add to the ambiance of a room. Strategic lighting and signature pieces can help you create the perfect atmosphere while adding a personal touch. 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 sight 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. Whether just spending some relaxing, quiet time together or doing an activity, like playing games, a screened-in porch makes it easy and comfortable to get together.

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 consistently 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. Once a screened-in porch is added to your custom home design, keep these tips for a better screened-in porch in mind as you work through the details with your custom home builder.