I have said many times in various blog posts that the screened porch is my “happy place”, I even have a pillow and a canvas that states it as well. Most of those posts are about the interior of my screened porch, decorated for various seasons, but never include any exterior views. I often get questions about different aspects of our screened porch, many of them asking for pictures of the outside as people were planning to add a screened porch to their home and needed some inspiration. So I decided to do a post sharing some screened porch design ideas with current exterior photos as well as a few taken during the construction process five years ago (wow, has it been that long?)
Screened Porch Design Ideas
When we decided to expand our kitchen, we knew we also wanted to add a screened porch. We love spending time outside, but not with mosquitoes, so we began our search for screened porch design ideas. I visited many new construction model homes in our area and spent many hours on Pinterest trying to find the perfect screened porch design for our family. We knew we wanted space for a dining table to seat 6, and plenty of seating for a gathering of family and friends. We also knew we wanted it open to views of our backyard, not obscured by a built in fireplace or half walls, especially since we knew it would only be open on two sides. It didn’t take us too long to settle on a screened porch design because we were pretty clear on what we wanted.
Screened Porch Design: Backyard Accessibility
Since our house has a walkout basement, our main floor is like a second floor when viewed from the backyard. The placement of the screened door leading to the sloped backyard created a bit of a challenge. We wanted to maximize functionality (and affordability) of the porch as well as the patio area below. Here is what we came up with:
Screened Porch Design: Creating a Covered Patio Option
Having an elevated screened porch gave us the option of adding a patio underneath that would be protected from the elements (at least from above). The combination of the kitchen addition and the screened porch addition gave us a good sized covered patio area underneath, providing plenty of extra space for outdoor entertaining – even when the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Part of the patio area is uncovered to allow the use of a fire pit.
The Big Picture
When considering your screened porch design, you want to consider how the addition will compliment the exterior of your home. Does it “flow” with the design of your home? What new areas does it create? How will you use the new space? What do you need the space to do for you?
We are very happy with our screened porch design as it was created for our specific needs. I put a lot of time and effort into the planning of our new space and it turned out great! Our family spends a lot of time on our screened porch, after all it is our “happy place.”