However the true delight of any screened porch is the sensation of being external, without the rainwater, blazing sunshine, or insects. That’s an event that isn’t thought in even the most highly glazed “Florida rooms”. From the common problem to overdo a screened porch, to include more columns than necessary or even to use a half-height wall about the perimeter. Whatever creates physical or aesthetic separation between your outside and inside erodes the illusion. The very best screened porches are as translucent as possible.
Finding the ideal location for a screened porch can be challenging, especially on small suburban lots. Generally, the screened porch should be linked to some other family gathering area and near your kitchen, with views of the backyard or garden. But how to achieve that without obstructing the views from other rooms? Again, transparency is the main element. Make the displays as large as possible and the roof high, put in a skylight or two, and you will still have a good view in the house.
Materials for a screened porch should be chosen first for architectural compatibility with the home, and second for longevity. In case the porch is usually to be painted, make sure you choose a varieties and quality of timber that will carry coloring well. Cedar, redwood, and other European softwoods are great for coloring adhesion. Cedar and redwood are also known because of their natural amount of resistance to bugs and rot.
Other choices for the porch’s shape include pressure-treated lumber and many recently launched simulated solid wood products created from differing proportions of post-consumer recycled plastics and waste products wood fibres. These “polymer-lumber” materials offer excellent rot and insect level of resistance, and finally weather to a nice gray color.
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