Archadeck of Columbus explores ways to enjoy your screen porch all year through

Archadeck of Columbus explores ways to utilize your screened porch well into the autumn or all year through by converting your screen porch into a 3 or 4 season room.

Archadeck of Columbus can convert your screened porch to a 3 or 4 season room
Archadeck of Columbus can convert your screened porch to a 3 or 4 season room

For many homeowners who have a screened porch they look at it as a structure that can only be used during the warmer months of the year and once the weather turns colder they can no longer spend time enjoying their screened structure. Many screened porches are treated much like a seasonal outdoor pool would be, opening in the spring only to close it down a few months later after the warmth of the sun has made its grand appearance and faded back behind the clouds of autumn. This doesn’t have to be the case. There are many ways to convert your screen porch into an outdoor living space that can be used beyond the end of summer and in some cases all year through. These conversions still take advantage of the whole reason you wanted a screen porch to begin with – the freedom and fresh air without the hassle of insects and the suns dangerous UV rays beaming down upon you and your family. These conversions won’t take away all the glory that is the screened porch, only enhance it and make it a livable addition to your home and backyard for extended season enjoyment.

A screen porch does have it’s limitations and in some cases only be used between five and six month out of the year. Screened porches can be converted into 3 and 4 season rooms that can be used for longer time periods throughout the year. If you are considering a new screened porch in your future and think you may want to convert the structure at some point, it is  good idea to convey this to your builder so that certain prerequisites for conversion can be met ahead of time, such as the use of standard window sizes to make conversion easier and less hassle in the future.

Here is a look  at some of the options available to screened porch owners who are thinking of a conversion:

The addition of windows turn this amazing screened porch  by Archadeck of Columbus into a 3 season room
The addition of windows turn this amazing screened porch by Archadeck of Columbus into a 3 season room

The 3 season room

Converting a screened porch to a 3 season room can be as easy as adding windows. By adding windows you can take advantage of 3  or more months of enjoyment on your screened structure. All windows come with screens that can be used when that Indian summer arrives. Many homeowners use acrylic inserts that block out the weather and when the temperatures dive into a less comfortable zone you can easily add a space heater to add warmth on those days when the windows won’t block a sufficient amount of the chilliness to keep you comfortable while using your screen porch. Vinyl window inserts such as the Eze breeze porch enclosure system, are on a track system and can be opened and closed depending on the weather. Other manufacturers offer a double-paned insulated window that can also be removed in the spring when the weather turns warm. The advantage of having windows and screens is you can amend how your structure functions season to season, and even day to day  and customize how much of the outside you want to let inside. Artistic enclosures makes a wonderful swing and slide window wall that is perfect when considering a conversion to a 3 season room for your screened porch.

Sliding glass windows can turn your screen porch into a room for all seasons
Sliding glass windows can turn your screen porch into a room for all seasons

The 4 season room

The difference in a 3 season room and a 4 season room is the addition of insulation. These structures can be used throughout most of the year. Insulation is added to the kneewalls, ceiling and underneath the floors. On existing screened porches this requires enclosed walls be re-opened to add the insulation. Making the decision to convert to a 4 season room is based on how often you feel you would use the structure during the cooler months of the year. A 4 season room will still need to have a heating source, whether this heating source is a heat pump or a new MEHVAC  unit such as Mitsubishi’s ductless heating and cooling unit, which are engineered to efficiently heat or cool and individual space the functionality of the space throughout the year for you and your family is the deciding factor when thinking of converting to a 4 season room.

The addition of windows turn this amazing screened porch by Archadeck of Columbus into a 3 season room
The addition of windows turn this amazing screened porch by Archadeck of Columbus into a 3 season room

No matter how you choose to convert your screen porch, Archadeck of Columbus can help you with our years of experience in converting screen porches to better suit the colder months of our Ohio climate, that can sometimes be harsh. Archadeck of Columbus can meet with you to discuss which conversion would best suit your needs and your lifestyle. Contact us today at (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net
To see more stunning 3 and 4 seasons rooms by Archadeck of Columbus visit our Columbus screen porch photo gallery.

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus
Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Archadeck of Columbus scores a triple-play on this screen porch, patio and deck combination

Archadeck of Columbus is able to create three seperate outdoor structures that work as one. This double deck, patio and screen porch have the harmony and fluidity that many single structures lack, covering all the bases of style, design, quality workmanship and function with this winning triple-play.

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This large double-deck sits directly over the gorgeous screen porch and patio.

It is not often that you have a combination of structures that work together effortlessly to create not just a grouping of spaces but an entire outdoor living area. These Columbus, OH homeowners definitely scored a triple play with this stunning second story double-deck, rustic screen porch and beautiful paver patio. Every inch of these structures are built with quality and style and they also create the feeling of one large, multi-functional outdoor structure despite the fact that they are actually three separate structures. These structures work together with harmony and fluidity as they flow effortlessly into one another, making it perfect for intimate get togethers and entertaining on a grand scale as well. Here is a video to experience to experience this entire outdoor living space.

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This photo shows how each of the structures by Archadeck of Columbus work together as one.

Archadeck of Columbus used composite, low-maintenance TimberTech XLM decking in Sandridge to cover the second story double-deck and accented it with black aluminum railings. On the lower level, a rustic screen porch welcomes you with its breathtaking and aromatic cedar walls and trim. The floor of the screen porch is finished with large concrete slab pavers that resemble tile to carry on the rustic theme, we also used Unilock pavers around the porch itself.  The screen porch spills out onto a beautifully designed patio . As always, Archadeck of Columbus paid close attention to every important detail of this outdoor oasis by making sure the roof between the deck and screened porch below is a dry roof to keep out moisture that could cause damage to the structures. For the final touch we added small flush mounted low voltage lighting for safety and ambiance.

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus
Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

If you are ready to turn your backyard into an extension of functional beauty and style, contact Archadeck of Columbus to learn how to create an outdoor oasis of your own. (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

Interior designs on screen porches-so many choices.

Archadeck of Columbus expands your knowledge of screened porch interior ceilings. There is more to a ceiling than meets the eye.

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This screened porch is big on rustic appeal by the choice of wood and the exposed rafter ceiling, even down to the details of the ceiling fans.

As with any element of design in custom building, when you talk about the number of the choices that are available, screened porches are no exception. Screened porches can be constructed with simplicity in mind as well as sophistication. One area to consider using as a design focal point when building your screened porch is the ceiling. The area in which an interior  ceiling covers is quite large, and is the perfect spot to add style and flair to your screened structure. There are a myriad of choices, styles, accoutrements, detailing  and materials that can be used to finish your interior ceiling. Each one can be used to convey a feeling and a mood within your screen porch. Here are some very popular ceiling design elements to show what function each one carries out in order to make finishing out your screened porch a little easier.

Ceiling elevation

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    By using open, exposed rafters and skylights this screened porch by Archadeck of Columbus offers incredible views.

    Cathedral and clerestory ceilings– When choosing the elevation for your interior ceiling keep in mind that magic  and the slight of hand is at work in some cases. For example, a room that has a higher elevated ceiling will appear and feel larger than it actually is. Cathedral ceilings give the room a sense of lightness and airiness. They also offer more room to use trim, moldings and architectural detailing.  With an ability to allow room for these details in a higher elevated ceiling, you also get the “architectural reveals”, which in essence are effects caused by shadowing lines that can be induced through extra architectural details and lighting. These architectural reveals  are used to add  depth and ambiance to a room.

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    This screened porch by Archadeck of Columbus has enclosed rafters within the confines of a flat, finished ceiling.

    Flat ceilings– Flat ceilings are sometimes used to create intimacy inside a particular space, and can also be used to create a sense of unity or formality. Flat ceilings can be played-up by the use of hardwood finishes to achieve a rustic elegance. Gone are the days of the boring 8′ blown popcorn ceiling with no personality or pizzazz, now even a standard height ceiling of 8′ or 9′ feet and be finished to convey warmth and beauty within your screened porch.

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This is good example of exposed rafters used in a screened porch.

Rafters- to expose or enclose- that is the question

  • Exposed rafters– Exposed rafters are very popular among outdoor  structures such as screened porches. Exposing the rafters creates a rustic, earthy elegance to the structure.
  • Enclosed rafters– Enclosing the rafters is more expensive than leaving the rafters exposed. Enclosed rafters are still used to create formality to a structure. The decision to leave the rafter exposed or to enclose is a personal preference.
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This screened porch by Archadeck of Columbus provides a rustic influence through the use of cedar tongue and groove

Material Choices

  • So many choices–  This is definitely an understatement. There are literally more material choices than you could ever imagine that are suitable for use in a screen porch. Some homeowners go with a more classic style, and others throw all caution to wind and really “think outside the box” in terms of using material choices as design elements. On the ceiling alone you have a wide array of materials to choose from like  the wonderfully aromatic cedar tongue and groove, which carries on the rustic feel many screened porch owners are looking for. Then you have pine tongue and groove, which is less expensive than the cedar, but has a similar effect that is very natural and “woodsy. Using hardwoods on the ceiling are reminiscent of a “mountain lodge” type feel. There is also beadboard, which can be left natural or painted in the hue of your choice. Many homeowners choose a white-painted beadboard ceiling for their screened porch. White beadboard is clean, crisp and charming.
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A gabled ceiling and skylights add to this screened porch's charm.

Material costs

  • As with any material, each has its own price point– Pine is less expensive than cedar, beadboard is very popular among use as a ceiling material for screened porches. Beadboard can be less expensive than both pine and cedar depending upon the type of beadboard and the radius needed for your particular structure.
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This beauty by Archadeck of Columbus has a gorgeous tongue and groove ceiling.

Rafter Styles

  • When leaving the rafters exposed the size of the rafter itself will greatly impact the look of your space. Larger rafters with more girth and presence  reflect a masculine feel and also leave a bigger cavity within the ceiling itself.
  • Wrapped rafters – by wrapping the rafters in a material like pine you can deliver style continuity and provide that rustic feel everyone is gravitating towards in design. Wrapping the rafters does cost more because wrapping the rafters will use more material as well as more labor.
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This screen porch is finished in cedar and uses exposed 4x6 rafters.

It’s all in the details

  • Architectural elements–  elements that can be used to add style and mood to your screened porch are important in a masterfully planned and built structure. Elements such as the ridge beam, which is the beam which runs the length of the ceiling, and in vaulted settings goes in-between the 2 opposite sides of the ceiling can become a focal point by using a large wooden beam. Ridge beams are also usually where the ceiling fan is most often mounted. Roof beams are the beams that run along the perimeter of the ceiling. Roof beams are sometimes trimmed out or wrapped to add some sizzle and style.
  • The little extras really count– Options that can be added to your screened porch ceiling include skylights, ceiling fans, lights and multimedia devices such as speakers. We install a large amount of skylights for our clients and we use Velux. Velux skylights come with multiple options including built-in blinds that will open and close at the touch of a button,  automatic sensors to close if the skylight is open and it detects the presence of one raindrop and much more. The little extras you pour into your individual structures ceiling can be as simple or as luxurious as you wish.
Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus
Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

With all screened porches you want to make sure you are using an experienced, licensed builder who has the knowledge and the design expertise to provide you with a screened porch that has your individuality built from the floor to the ceiling. Archadeck of Columbus has years of experience in perfecting the screened porch, and other outdoor structures, to learn more contact us at (740) 879 – 3730 westcolumbus@archadeck.net.

To see more Columbus screen porches, visit our screen porch photo gallery on our website.

Top 10 Reasons to Build Your New Screened Porch in the Fall

Fall is the perfect time to build and enjoy a screened porch by Archadeck of Columbus. Here are ten reasons why autumn is the opportune time to bring your dream of a screened porch to life.

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This screened porch by Archadeck of Columbus offers you a front row seat to fall.

If ever there were a season to stir emotions and inspiration it would undoubtedly be autumn. The sights and smells of fall can transport you to a new level of happiness, with local farmers peddling their seasonal wares of crisp, fresh apples and rotund pumpkins. Nature seems to come alive with leaves ablaze with shades of gold and crimson. Mother nature paints her masterpiece in the fall, wouldn’t now be the perfect time to create a masterpiece in your landscape with the addition of a stunning outdoor structure such as a screened porch ? Imagine the glories of fall that you could experience first hand in your screened porch that would otherwise only be possible from the kitchen window. The aroma of autumn, the scenic imagery, the wildlife in their scurry to get ready for the winter ahead can all be witnessed while enjoying your screened porch that will come with an all access  front row seat to autumn.

Archadeck of Columbus interior views of this stunning screened porch
Archadeck of Columbus interior views of this stunning screened porch

Making the decision to build your screened porch in the fall also gives you many opportunities to enjoy activities that would not be possible in the summer heat or the harsh winds of winter. Imagine an autumn morning in your fluffy bathrobe, sipping a warm cup of latte’ in your favorite outdoor chair with its overstuffed cushions surrounding you in comfort as you turn to see two squirrels playing tag right before your eyes, all the while you hear the whir of your laptop as you check your emails and schedule for the day. All this is possible on your screened porch. Choosing a fall construction makes it possible to enjoy your new outdoor structure any time of the day, morning, noon and night. The temperatures in the fall are mild and can make any time of the day a joy, and a perfect time to use your outdoor structure. If you are still on the fence about starting your screened porch now or waiting, here are a few reasons to inspire you to move forward this fall.

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Imagine the vistas of each season you could take in from a screened porch like this.

Here is a list of the top 10 reasons to build your new screened porch in the fall as opposed to any other time of the year.

#1) No waiting in lines– That’s right, in the fall the backlog is smaller, therefore the waiting list to have structures built is much shorter. This means you will get to enjoy your new structure much sooner than if you make the decision to build in the spring or summer months. After all, no one likes to wait in a line very long.

#2) Easier on the pocketbook– The potential demand on building materials in the industry can lead to lower costs. Meaning when the demand on materials is lower, then usually this impacts the price as well. In some instances, good things come to those who wait.

#3) Less lifestyle interruption– Construction during the fall and into the winter will cause less of an interruption in your life since most people use their yards less during these months. This means the noises and materials will be less of an annoyance than they would be when you are using the yard a lot during the spring and summer months. Out of sight means out of mind.

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Screened porch by Archadeck of Columbus

#4) Tax time– Building an outdoor structure during the later months of the year will in some cases help you when it comes tax time.

#5) Bargain shopper– If you were planning on purchasing new outdoor furnishings to use within your screened porch, then fall is the ultimate time to find quality outdoor furnishings at discounted prices. You can take advantage of those off-season discounts and get more for your money.

#6) Beat the heat– Lower humidity and lower temperatures is easier on the installers. Crisp temperatures such as the ones seen in the fall equal builders that tire less easily, and require fewer Gatorade breaks as well.

#7) Lower payments– The interest rates are still really low. If you plan to finance your screened porch, the current standing in the economy will mean a lower payment for you each month.

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This Columbus screened porch uses wrapped cedar for a rustic look and feel

#8) Less damage to turf– Choosing to build now will impact your lawn and landscape less than if you chose to build during the spring and summer months. Wet turf damages more easily, as does turf that is under heat stress from temperatures and higher humidity, building in the fall will ensure you avoid both of these obstacles.

#9) Wood is good– We are building with wood, so it is possible to build year round. Keep in mind that lower humidity allows materials to season over the winter and be ready for spring as well.

#10) Spring ready– Making the decision to build your screened porch now not only ensures you will begin enjoying the glories of autumn, it also means when spring has sprung your structure will be ready. If you wish to wait until spring, you can sign up now to be one of the first on the list for a start date.

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus
Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Now, with all this in mind, what are you waiting for? Archadeck of Columbus can plan, design and build your structure in time to capitalize on the majesty of autumn’s beauty. Our professional and talented staff have years of experience in helping homeowners, like yourself, harness the beauty of each season with an outdoor structure custom-built by Archadeck of Columbus. Contact us today at (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net

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