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Tips for Screen Porch Design


A screen porch addition introduces valuable living and entertaining space to this small home and is packed with smart design tips you can use.

The charming, yet petite, bungalow lacked a good space for entertaining, which was a challenge for the homeowners who love to entertain. A smart screen porch addition brought dual functionality to the home: an indoor room and outdoor entertaining space.

Screen Porch Design Tip No. 1

Design with Indoors and Outdoors In Mind

Oversize screens welcome gentle breezes and backyard views to this screen porch, which is decorated like an indoor room. Cushioned outdoor furniture lends living room comfort, while weatherproof fabrics bring easy-care durability. Accessories such as the bright rug, table lamp, and accent pillows also lend an indoor air to the space.

Screen Porch Design Tip No. 2

Plan for Smooth Transitions

French doors connect the screen porch to the kitchen, making entertaining easy. When planning a porch addition, consider how you will want to access the space. If you want to use the space for entertaining and eating, a location off the kitchen is best. If you envision the space as an extension of your living room, consider siting the porch off your indoor living room. Work with your contractor, builder, or architect to choose the best location. A professional can advise on the location that works best for your setup.

Screen Porch Design Tip No. 3

Tie Together Spaces

Mosaic pendants mimic stained glass found elsewhere in the home. Adding details that mirror elements found inside your home will help a porch addition feel like it's a part of the house that's always been there. Similarly, aim to blend the exterior of your addition with your home's facade. This screen porch addition seamlessly blends with the house thanks to a thoughtful roof design and identical siding.


Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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