With winter in full swing, it’s actually the perfect time of year to start thinking about how you’re going to spend your porch time come spring and summer. If a screened-in porch is on your wish list for warmer days, that’s great to hear! We love screened-in porches and three-season rooms and all the potential for joyful family memories to be made over the years they contain.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of three things you should not overlook when planning for your outdoor space. Before planning your porch project, eliminate a lot of headaches by asking yourself these questions.
When doing any kind of home renovation, most people remember the big things: set a budget, hire a contractor, get the right permits. But it’s easy to overlook key points when planning a screened-in porch. Before you get started, make sure you can answer these three questions.
Are you sure you have enough room?
If you have only two or three people living in the home, you may think that room for three chairs, plus a few small tables, will be enough for your porch. But inevitably, friends and neighbors will want to use it as well. Think of it like owning a vacation home — you may have more folks asking for invites than you imagined!
No matter what style of porch you build, quality screens are a must. You don’t want a party or important family gathering to be ruined by rain, bugs, and strong winds.
Depending on the climate where you live, screened-in porches can usually be used three quarters of the year. But you can increase its use and enjoyment with additions such as a fireplace, fans, ceiling insulation, and electric wiring for light and appliances.