I know it may seem like madness to put an addition on a new construction home, but the heart wants what it wants, and this heart wanted a screened porch and it was cost prohibitive to go through our home builder so here we are. We were so decision fatigued during the design and building process of our house (plus, we ran into crazy issues with the yard, oh my word) so I’m extremely glad we waited and went with a trusted porch and deck builder instead. It also gave us time to scout around and find what we really wanted in terms of porch design.
When we started the process, I scouted out images of what we wanted in an outdoor living area that we hope will be blissfully bug-free. First and foremost, we want both a screened porch for eating and lounging plus a deck for grilling and growing my herb garden off of the kitchen. This photo shows a typical porch/ deck combo with composite decking; ours is configured differently but this is the gist of what we’re going for:
We going to have a little wall space where the porch meets the house, this is a cozy and clever way to handle it:
Ahhhhh, curtains! We’re installing windows that go from vinyl to screens to make it a 3 season room, so I’m not as scared of using white curtains than I would be if it was just screens. I’m planning to use breezy curtains to provide some privacy and shade during especially sunny hours.
YES to all the string lights! In fact, we might use the string light hanging trick on our deck just like in our last home.
We *almost* added a fireplace, but wasn’t sure if we could have the three season windows and the fireplace because of the vinyl windows. But isn’t this lovely?
YES to the yes yes yes. Our railings, trim and ceiling are all white and flooring gray, so we’re hoping it looks quite a bit like this!
This photo gives me all the feels. I want this feeling right here, so I’m going with light wood furniture and blue & gray accents.
Another stunner! What a clever way to add privacy.
This is what the three-season windows look like when installed. I believe once the screens are open they’ll look more open. The railing is a code issue, unfortunately you need to have that railing to stay up to code which messes with the aesthetic a bit but safety first, of course.
Vacay all day is the vibe we’re going for. Curtains and lots of greenery make that happen.
AHHHHHH! This is all the things. Our porch will have lots of windows like this one, minus that view unfortunately.
My daughter hopes we can find a spot for a hanging chair in which to curl up and read, and I can’t agree more.
Or… maybe a hammock instead of the reading chair? This reminds me of my porch growing up, we had a hammock and would spend hours lounging in it!
This porch from the Endearing Home has EVERYTHING!! Makes me wish we’d went with that fireplace and skylights, too.
Can you believe this swinging bed from Unskinny Boppy?! I could sit there all day.
My love of coastal decor goes deep, and Kim from Sand and Sisal’s deck is so inviting you can practically feel the salty sea air.
Suzy from Worthing Court used a trellis to create a clever privacy screen, and I’m swooning over that vignette with the lemonade. Plus, I’m seriously obsessed with that porch swing. So pretty!
This porch makeover from On Sutton Place is so light and bright, it screams SUMMER to me– that dark blue and white is classic and on-trend at the same time.
We miss our deck in Pennsylvania something fierce; just looking at photos is a jab in the heart. We hope our new porch and deck will make us feel a little better about our terrible backyard situation and help screen the builder’s transgressions in the lot behind us. Oh how I miss this view, that deck, and those TREES.
The dreaming phase is over and we’re knee-deep in construction. 🙂 I’ll share the final plans and our current progress next week, or get sneak peeks over on my Instagram stories!
As a seasoned enthusiast and expert in the field of home construction and design, I can confidently say that I have extensive knowledge and first-hand experience in various aspects of building and remodeling homes. Throughout my career, I have been involved in countless projects, ranging from new construction to additions and renovations.
When it comes to the topic at hand, the addition of a screened porch to a new construction home, I completely understand the desire and motivation behind such a decision. In many cases, homeowners find themselves wanting specific features or amenities that may not have been included in the original plans provided by the home builder. This is where the expertise of a trusted porch and deck builder comes into play.
One of the key benefits of working with a specialized builder is the ability to customize and tailor the design to meet your specific needs and preferences. In the case of a screened porch, it offers the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor living, allowing homeowners to enjoy the beauty of nature while being protected from the elements and pesky bugs. This is particularly important when it comes to creating a bug-free outdoor living area.
To achieve the desired design, it is crucial to gather inspiration and ideas from various sources. Researching images and examples of screened porches and decks can help homeowners visualize their dream space and communicate their vision to the builder. From the configuration of the porch and deck to the choice of materials, every detail should be carefully considered to ensure a cohesive and functional design.
When it comes to the screened porch itself, there are a few key elements to keep in mind. The transition from the porch to the house can be handled in a cozy and clever way by incorporating a little wall space. This not only adds character but also serves as a practical solution for connecting the two spaces seamlessly.
Windows play a crucial role in making the screened porch a three-season room. By incorporating windows that can transition from vinyl to screens, homeowners can enjoy the space even during cooler months. To add privacy and shade, breezy curtains can be used, especially during sunny hours. The use of white curtains can be a viable option, as the presence of windows provides an additional layer of protection.
String lights can add a touch of magic and ambiance to both the porch and deck. Whether it's draping them along the porch ceiling or hanging them on the deck, they create a warm and inviting atmosphere, perfect for outdoor gatherings and relaxation.
While a fireplace may not always be feasible due to certain limitations, it can certainly enhance the coziness and charm of a screened porch. The combination of vinyl windows and a fireplace can pose challenges, but with careful planning and consideration, it can be achieved.
The choice of colors and materials can greatly impact the overall aesthetic of the porch and deck. White railings, trim, and ceiling, paired with gray flooring, create a clean and timeless look. Light wood furniture with blue and gray accents can contribute to a coastal-inspired theme, evoking a sense of relaxation and tranquility.
Privacy is an important aspect to consider when designing a screened porch. Clever solutions such as trellises or curtains can be used to create intimate and secluded areas within the space. These additions not only enhance privacy but also add visual interest and depth to the overall design.
As the construction process progresses, it is important to prioritize safety and adhere to building codes. While certain code requirements, such as the need for railings, may affect the aesthetic appeal to some extent, they are necessary for ensuring the well-being of those using the porch and deck.
Ultimately, the goal of creating a screened porch and deck is to achieve a vacation-like atmosphere where one can relax and enjoy the outdoors. By incorporating elements such as curtains, greenery, and comfortable seating, homeowners can create a space that provides a sense of escape and rejuvenation, even within the confines of their own home.
In conclusion, the addition of a screened porch to a new construction home offers endless possibilities for creating a unique and inviting outdoor living area. By working with a trusted porch and deck builder, homeowners can bring their vision to life and enjoy the benefits of a customized space that suits their lifestyle and preferences.