Posted by Matt Brooke on March 18, 2015
Atlanta has a climate that makes a perfect partner for a screened porch. Spaces like these can be used for at least three seasons. With the addition of a fireplace or heater, the heartiest among us can use them into winter. We have done many screened porches over the years and they remain one of our favorite types of projects.
With any project, we like to let the architecture of the home lead the way. We can retain design elements found in the house or we can create a space that is a true departure from the rest.
If your screened porch is coming off a first floor that is raised off the ground, we typically use a wood floor product designed for exterior porch applications. A tile bluestone or slate tile is also an option. We are careful to create the correct slope for water to escape and prevent pooling and then rot. If your porch is meeting the home on a ground floor level, we can employ a greater variation of materials on the floor. Maybe a reclaimed brick laid in a herringbone pattern?
The wall elements of a screened porch can incorporate some elements of nature. We often add cedar shake to the gable ends or maybe add some stained wood brackets. The ceiling can also be exposed creating a rustic and casual feeling. Maybe your tastes run to the more classic cottage style? Beaded board or paneling painted and treated to repel the elements are terrific additions.
Screened porches can be a true extension of the home and the comforts we find there. Clients are interested in electrical outlets, lighting, ceiling fans, and even television mounts. A screened porch can house outdoor rated pool tables or ping pong tables transforming what had once been just a spot to sit away from some bug to a full family room experience.
Give us a call and we’d be happy to walk you through our portfolio of projects and see how we can help bring some fresh air into your home.