As we enter the dog-days of summer, a few things remind us that the turn in seasons is coming. Yellow school buses, back-to-school shopping lists. It hardly seems possible that the cool fall breezes, crisp and sweet, are just around the corner. Fall is one of those seasons in Georgia that lures you back outside, no longer seeking refuge in the glorious a/c, but ready to entertain out of doors or just read a good book on the back deck. A great way to extend the use of your outdoor space throughout the seasons is by incorporating a screened porch into your outdoor area. Inspired by the Jones family remodel (PROJECT PHOTOS BELOW) - let's look at the top 5 reasons you should think about adding a screened porch to your outdoor living space.
Screen porches can be designed to enhance any style of home, from Craftsman to Farmhouse or even a Traditional home -- this porch features beautifully detailed columns and trim that echo the Greek Revivalist style of the home. This porch is low and connects beautiful to the backyard flagstone yardscaping.
Screened (and covered porches) provide more protection and allow homeowners to create an outdoor living room with plush seating and space for dining. Furniture is protected from the elements, and homeowners are protected from bugs! A win-win situation.
3. Extended Seasons
Ceiling fans help make summer evenings bearable, and a crackling fire in the outdoor fireplace can take your porch well into the fourth season. The fireplace is a beautiful centerpiece for your outdoor space and what can compare to making smores over your own backyard fire on a wintry evening?
4. The View
If you have a room with a view, get a better look by extending your square footage with a view the easy way -- with a screened porch! Whether you have a home on the lake, or back up to a beautiful golf course, your own patch of woods, or even just the backyard pool, a screened porch is a great way to soak in the great outdoors from the comfort of your own home.
5. Upgrades Aplenty
Already have a screen porch? There are so many ways to upgrade your porch. Use adjustable screens instead of fixed screens. Change up your flooring -- flagstone pavers perhaps? Already have a fireplace? Go the next step and add a television to your space for a the perfect tailgating space. In short, to infinity & beyond!
Our recent Jones Project included extending their deck & building a screen porch. Favorite detail? The skylights that still allow for plenty of natural light AND shade -- all in balance.
Get inspired and give us a shout! We'd love to collaborate on "A Porch for All Seasons" at your house.