Screening considerations for Columbus, OH porches – it’s not just about the window screens!

Archadeck of Columbus discusses screening considerations for porches.

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

Autumn is a time when many homeowners begin to think more about having a protected outdoor space to enjoy the beauty of the season and the milder temperatures. One of the most popular outdoor spaces to utilize the fresh fall air and still have protection from inclement weather is a screened porch. Screened porches have always been a beloved addition to the home and backyard. But there are many things to consider when thinking of building a screen porch. One of the most important of these considerations is the screen itself.

The screen of the screened porch is the lifeblood of the structure, it is the element that enables you to remain protected from insects, rain, and the dangers of the sun. Nowadays, screening options have evolved from the old-fashioned screened porch of yesteryear. There are more choices with higher quality benefits that not only aid in getting the most enjoyment out of your porch, but they also promote longevity of your space.

Stunning view from Delaware screened porch through structural details
The view and the design of this screen wall, are breathtaking. Can you imagine having your morning coffee looking into this each morning?

The old-fashioned way of screening which you can purchase at your local hardware store, involves aluminum screen that is approximately 4 foot wide. This screen is stapled to the posts all around the perimeter of the openings on the porch; once the entire screen is stapled a piece of trim is then placed on top. Archadeck of Columbus doesn’t like, or use, this type of screen since aluminum creases easily and using it can lead to a wavy looking screen if it is not installed properly. More importantly, this type of screen can be affected by birds, branches, falling object and other screen hazards because of its flimsy nature.

All screens are not created equal

We offer our customers more options when it comes to screening their porch. One of these options is using aluminum framed screen inserts. These inserts consist of aluminum with fiberglass screen which we have made locally so we are able to ensure they are made to custom sizes which ensures a custom fit.  Once we finish the shell of the screen porch, we get exact measurements for the screens and then custom order them. We also use a product called Tiger Screen which is made from really strong fiberglass screening. With Tiger Screen we custom build the screen on site.

Full View Screen Porch
Full View Screen Porch

When the perimeters of your screened porch openings require a span of larger areas, we also use Screen-Eze. This product  allows us to screen in much larger areas such as 6-10 feet. Screen-Eze  comes in wider spans, and is very strong which minimizes the need for additional posts. You get a cleaner, less interrupted view with this product.

It is important to have a professional builder with background and knowledge of screening options to help you make the right decision for your porch needs. Archadeck of Columbus factors in many details to make sure you get not only the look you want, but also a solid screen installation. Just for example, many homeowners have pets and these customer would benefit from using a knee-wall across the bottom of the screened porch to prevent animals from walking into or damaging the screen with their claws. Pet owners can also benefit from using Screen-Eze because with this product you can throw a baseball into the screen and it will revert back to its original shape within minutes.

Unique and beautiful screen porch in Powell, OH by Archadeck of Columbus
This screen porch in Powell, OH by Archadeck of Columbus is picture perfect in every way.

If your porch is low to the ground, you may consider screening from floor to ceiling. This method of screen installation opens up the porch to deliver panoramic views and plenty of fresh air. If your porch is located in an area that receives a great deal of sun, we can install charcoal tinted screen that helps deflect the UV rays of the sun. These screens also help provide additional shade when the sun is setting low in the sky.

Last but certainly not least, always make sure there is screening under your porch to keep the bugs out. It is better to do this while the porch is under construction rather than an afterthought when the first mosquito finds its way into your safe haven! Archadeck of Columbus always installs screen on top of the framing and underneath the decking. We do not install it underneath the framing because debris will accumulate between the deck and floor boards. In order to keep your deck tidy and clean, our way ensures you can blow all the dirt out. If you place the screen under the joists, it makes blowing dirt away nearly impossible.

Screened porch and deck combo. Columbus
Notice the kneewall present in this screened porch.

If you already have an existing screened porch that has screen installed the old-fashioned way, Archadeck of Columbus can retro-fit your porch with one of our more advantageous screening options. If you are ready to begin a screened porch from scratch we would love to meet with you to discuss your needs and choose a screen porch design that best suits your lifestyle and budget.

Contact Archadeck of Columbus today to schedule a free design consultation and be on your way to living the good life on your very own screened porch!  Call us today at (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

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

You can see more examples of our versatile screening styles and techniques by visiting our screened porch photo gallery and our 3 and 4 season room photo gallery located on our website.

Trending now – building a screened porch over your Columbus, OH patio.

Find out why the screened porch and patio combination in Columbus is taking off, and learn how you can design a unique outdoor living space for your backyard too!

Columbus OH Hardscape Patio with Adjacent Screened porch
Two of the most popular outdoor structures are showing up together in backyards all over the Columbus area!

A trend we’re seeing lately is homeowners adding a porch atop a patio. The traditional screened porch addition is often seen alongside a deck or patio. The screened porch and patio combination outdoor living space is popular because it mingles the look and tactile characteristics of stone or other hardscape mediums with the rustic appeal of the screened porch.

It’s often true that rooms built over paver or stone floors can be more costly to construct. The added cost comes into play when you factor in the additional aggregate needed to build up the base of the patio and the fact that hardscape materials are simply more expensive than wood floors. However, if your porch is built at low grade, you will not need the additional fill to build up the “platform” for the hardscape.

Gable roof Screen Porch with paved floor and adjacent patio
This gable roof screen porch incorporates patio elements into it’s design.

Another viable option when considering merging a patio and screened porch is to construct the patio with a screened porch adjacent to it. The patio and screened porch combination picks up where the deck and screened porch combination left off. There are several ways to incorporate these spaces but the bottom line is you may just prefer the upscale look a hardscape patio adds to your screened porch.

Columbus OH Hardscape steps
By adding curved hardscape steps you can provide additional seating space within your patio.

There are many hidden benefits of choosing a patio as the perfect partner for your screened porch. Not only are hardscape mediums ultra-low maintenance, they also look the part and stay cool even when the temperatures soar high in the double digits.

If you would like to learn more about building a screened porch over your patio, or create a dual outdoor living space using both designs, contact Archadeck of Columbus today. We will be happy to discuss the many unique outdoor living options we have available to make your backyard a true original. Call us today for a free consultation(740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

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

You can view more screened porch and patio designs by visiting our screened porch photo gallery, and our patio and hardscape photo gallery located on our website.

Wooden elements and rustic interior design details are the recipe to making your Columbus porch elegantly rustic

Archadeck of Columbus talks about the factors that influence todays rustic porch designs.

Columbus Rustic porch interiors
A king truss, and heavy wood details add to the cabin allure of this screened porch.

Many of us have strong memories of a porch from our childhood whether this was our porch, a family or friends’ porch or one at a cabin we visited. The memories probably include a rustic style room build with lots of natural wood. Rustic-style porches continue to be very popular today although they a re a bit more finished than they were in the past. I couldn’t help but chuckle when I stumbled across a Popular Science article from May 1980 that discusses the popularity of the rustic screened porch at that time and even detailed the use of rough hewn cross beams in their construction. We can easily design a porch for you full of the rustic flavor of today.

rustic timbers Columbus screened porch design
Rustic timbers help enliven this open porch design.

The key to building a porch with rustic elements comes down to the materials you choose to finish your space and the design details you use. Of these factors, wood is the most material influencing a rustic porch feel. Typically wood comes in smooth and rough hewn finishes. Choosing wood that has distinct graining and a rough appearance will make your space look more rustic. The interior ceiling details of your space also help to promote a certain aesthetic of ruggedness and outdoorsy charm. A ceiling finished with an exposed rafter system, or rough hewn tongue and groove bead board can deliver these results. The rafters in general can convey an old cabin style ambiance by choosing to use larger, beefier rafters with more masculinity than typical rafters. Timber frame is often used in settings with large structural members. A typical porch will use a 4 x 4 or 6 x 6, but by using 8 x 8’s you can create a grander appearance that is conducive to the qualities of a rustic space. In addition to bulkier rafters, and larger Timber framing additional members can also be used to enhance the rustic look with details such as a king truss.

Rustic kneewall on Columbus screen porch
Wooden knee walls are an interior design detail of cabin inspired porches.

Other interior options that scream with rustic influence include using unfinished wood and staining it in a rustic hue, or clear coating it to retain the wood’s natural splendor. When installing a knee wall, you may choose to use a wood finish as well for continuity of the area’s rustic appearance. Cedar is a top choice for posts which can also be upgraded to a choice cedar which gives you a knotty finish. One great thing about cedar is you don’t need to add anything for protection because cedar won’t rot like other woods.

Outdoor fireplaces have become a staple within the realm of rustic porch designs too. With this in mind, if you intend on including an outdoor fireplace within your porch you can elevate the rugged look by choosing materials that take their cues from nature. By using stone, slate and other natural looking hardscape materials you can continue the rustic theme of your space.

Columbus rustic open porch
The open rafter detail  and rough hewn beams of this porch gives it a rustic feel and the warm wood tones the homeowners used further the charm.

Remembering the clearest path to a rustic porch involves the use of wood and materials that enhance that cabin feel will help you achieve your dreams of the ultimate porch. Archadeck of Columbus can take the memories of the familiar porch you from your childhood and add modern, rustic touches for a truly elegant cabin-in-the-woods style porch setting. Contact us today for a free consultation and start your journey to making your outdoor dreams a reality. (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

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

See more examples of porches and screened porches with rustic influences by visiting our covered porch gallery and screen porch gallery located on our website.

Should you use low-maintenance materials on your Columbus porch?

Archadeck of Columbus explores the realm of low-maintenance and wood products used in covered, and screened porch designs.

open porch Columbus vinyl low maintenance
This open porch in Columbus was built using vinyl low maintenance materials.

I get asked all the time by customers if it is best to build their new porch from natural wood or low-maintenance materials. Like any good question, the answer is… “it depends”. Let’s look at the porch from the inside out. Many customers ask if they should use synthetic decking boards for the floor of their porch. Our answer is that using synthetic decking on a screened-in porch is probably overkill. The primary enemies to wood preservation are sun, water, and heavy use. The worst offender is sun. Direct exposure to the sun causes the decking to expand and contract on a regular basis and also fades the decking unless if purchased a fade resistant decking. So if your porch flooring is covered by a roof and surrounded by screens, you likely don’t need to invest in synthetic flooring. From a cost standpoint, low-maintenance will increase your flooring costs 30-60%.

If you are building a covered porch that is not enclosed by windows or screens, the flooring may get more sun exposure and will get more exposure to rain and snow. In this scenario, other factors come into play. It might make sense to invest in synthetic flooring even though the sun exposure is dramatically minimized. The key factors in this decision become whether your porch flooring materials are connected to your deck and if you’re willing to do maintenance on your flooring. If your porch is attached to your deck that has synthetic flooring, you may want to use the same flooring in your porch for continuity.

Front Porch with Vinyl Rails and TimberTech Decking
On this front porch we used TimberTech composite decking and vinyl rails.

When it comes to the components used in the exterior construction of your porch, this becomes a different story. Components such as railings, soffits, fascias, perimeter trim, roof beams and roof posts are generally not protected from the sun, or the elements. Predominately, as a builder we use wood to frame all of our projects. We do not use aluminum framing. We can however install vinyl sleeves over the exposed areas of the exterior wood framing elements which will deliver you a truly low-maintenance porch. Many homeowners opt to use iron railings, and even aluminum railings for their low-maintenance value and pleasing appearance.

low maintenance vinyl screen porch Columbus
Low maintenance vinyl screen porch Columbus, OH.

Any wood and/or wood trim on a vertical plane would need to be maintained on average of 5-10 years.  Examples are roof posts, roof beams, trim, soffit and fascia’s. Covered and screen  porches built from wood leave only a small number of components exposed to the sun. Many homeowners choose to remain with wood overall because the areas that are exposed are on a vertical plane and aren’t subjected to foot and hand traffic which will cause breakdown and wear over time.

Vinyl open porch Columbus
We used low-maintenance vinyl on this stunning open porch in Columbus, OH.

The answer to the million dollar question is no. You don’t have to use low-maintenance materials to still get low-maintenance value. The important thing is to choose what is best for your taste,  lifestyle and budget. For example, if you never want to have to paint your porch then low-maintenance is worth the investment. You can also get the best of both worlds by combining wood with low-maintenance details that will not require maintenance until later down the road. The choice is yours.

If you are ready to start your journey toward building a new porch, screened porch or covered porch, contact Archadeck of Columbus to help make the trip a pleasant experience. We can help plan, design and custom build an outdoor space that lives up to all your maintenance and functional expectations. Call for a free consultation today (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

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

To see more examples of low-maintenance and wooden porches visit our covered porch, screened porch and porch galleries located on our website.

How do outdoor furnishings dictate the design of your Columbus screened porch?

Archadeck of Columbus explores the importance of outdoor furnishings in a screened porch design as part one of a two part series on decorating and interior design of outdoor structures. The area you envision may be quite different than the reality of that space without the guidance of an outdoor living expert.

This Zen inspired screen porch in Upper Arlington, OH
This Zen inspired screen porch in Upper Arlington, OH is a great example of good space allocation in regards to furnishings and spatial harmony.

When you think of your ideal outdoor space, what do you envision? Certainly an empty space doesn’t come to mind. Outdoor furnishings make your outdoor room a living breathing space full of function and beauty just like the contents of our interior rooms are the things that truly make our house a home.

The most important thing when designing a screen porch  is determine exactly how you will use the room. With our interior rooms, we don’t have this flexibility. Our only option is to work with the space and layout that “comes with the house”. But your new screen porch can and should be designed completely to suit how you want to live.For example, are you planning on using your porch for dining, seating or both?

Powell Ohio Screened porch
This Powell, OH Screened porch uses the classic lines of wicker furnishings and dramatic interior reveals to make a bold design statement.

When we work with homeowners, once the homeowner determines the main use of their screened porch, we then discuss the furnishings that they wish to include. And we discuss this in detail. You’ll see why this is so important.

For example, deciding what shape and size you anticipate your outdoor dining table to be will determine the amount of space you need down to the square footage. Ample space for furniture pull-out room and creating enough space for good path and traffic flow is crucial to the enjoyment you will get out of using your space. Too much furniture, or furniture that is too big for your outdoor space will crowd the space and make it less livable and enjoyable. This is the reason that many times I walk the homeowners into their interior living rooms where we take measurements. This gives them an example of how much room they need for seating and eating.

Columbus screen porch with classic wicker furnishings
Notice how this Columbus, OH screened porch leaves plenty of room for pull out room to comfortably use the dining table, as well as traffic flow.

Utilizing experience and some math, we can determine the minimal square footage you will need to accomplish your outdoor living goals.

Here’s an example. As a general rule of thumb a standard outdoor dining table encompasses an area 6 feet long and 42 inches wide. Each chair will add an additional two feet to this. Ample pull out room for each chair will add another two feet per chair. This adds up to a space that takes up a 12′ x 12′ area. In addition to dining tables, most homeowners want a place for seating as well, which will take up additional space. Once you add side tables and accompaniment pieces, you are looking at more space than most homeowners had anticipated for their furnishings.

Screen porch with Chippendale panel details
This Screen porch with Chippendale panel details features an open airy design with plenty of room for entertaining.

One of our goals as an outdoor living structure expert is to provide you with an outdoor space that will fit your furniture as well as your lifestyle. The furnishings you choose aren’t the only factor that dictates the size of your screened porch. How it attaches to your home and proper placement is also a crucial factor of how large your area can be.

Having your furnishing ideas in mind before you meet with your contractor is very important. You don’t have to purchase prior to our consultation, but it’s great to have some specific ideas about how you want to use the room and what furniture you will add. For example, if you are thinking of adding a table that seats 4 but want 6 chairs, that will add a couple feet of needed space to accommodate the use of those chairs.

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

Contact Archadeck of Columbus to learn more about choosing the right size outdoor space to suit your needs. We can customize a screen porch design that will become your new family room. Call for a free consultation today (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

See more examples of well-designed  screen porches that offer plenty of function and beauty by visiting our screen porch and outdoor living photo galleries located on our website.

An outdoor living combination structure design will improve your home, your backyard and your lifestyle.

Archadeck of Columbus spotlights a recent project in Dublin, OH that features a cedar screen porch and paver patio extension and renovation. The new space functions as an outdoor living and dining room space, and so much more.

Dublin OH combination outdoor living structure
A beautiful screened porch and large paver patio makes up this wonderful outdoor combination in Dublin, OH.

Many times adding on a combination outdoor living area that consists of a few well planned outdoor structures can equal the same enjoyment as adding a few room additions to your home. Having multiple living and entertaining areas to work with will increase the time you spend outdoors and increase the degree of function your backyard provides.

Paver patio in Dublin, OH with cedar ledge
No details was spared in this combo. structure, we even constructed a ledge the homeowner later stained in cedar to match the screen porch. The ledge makes the perfect serving area with the ample dining room on the patio.

We recently completed a project in Dublin, Ohio that included a custom screen porch addition and an extension of an existing hardscape patio. The area we added to the patio enables the space to function as two separate outdoor living areas. From the screened porch we also added a beautiful landing with a unique angled stairway that leads down into the patio. The increase in the size of the patio enables the homeowners to have two distinct areas for dining and entertaining and there is even ample enough space to comfortably facilitate two outdoor dining tables with chairs. Did someone say the perfect space for an outdoor dinner party this summer? Watch the video of the completed project and see the ultimate outdoor living space come to life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2vENYL0_X8

The screened porch has an open gable roof design that ties into the existing home perfectly. The interior of the screen porch was built using rustic, aromatic cedar. The ceiling boasts cedar exposed rafters, large 12 x 12 roof columns and elegant transoms over the windows that are usually only seen in interior building. We also included a 24 inch knee wall made of tongue and groove cedar. The king truss is visually interesting and also serves weight function requirements due to the 2nd story cantilever.

Dublin OH patio extension on combo. outdoor living structure
The newly extended paver patio is big on style and plenty of room for entertaining.

The extension on the patio included increasing the radius of the area, and replacement of patio materials. We used Unilock Beacon Hill flagstone pavers with a soldier course edge and tied in a gorgeous ribbon in complimentary hues. We also extended the existing hardscape retaining wall and built a bar ledge that the customer had stained to match the cedar used on the screen porch interior.

Creating the ultimate outdoor living environment like this one is possible in your backyard too. Contact Archadeck of Columbus to learn more about creating your own outdoor oasis today.Call for a free consultation: (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

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

See more inspiring ideas on structures you can incorporate into your ideal combination outdoor space by visiting our deck gallery, our patio and hardscape gallery and our screened porch gallery located on our website.

When the architectural design solution is not as simple as it seems…

Our finished screened porch project in Delaware proves that screened porches aren’t “one size or style fits all”.

This is what the deck looked like before we converted it to a screened porch.
Delaware screened porch and patio underneath
Our screened porch project in Delaware is finished and the homeowners are elated!

Not so long ago we covered a project we were working on in Delaware where the homeowners wanted to convert their existing deck into a screened porch. At first glance, this request seemed simple enough. The obvious choice was to just place the screened porch where the deck was using a gable roof to match the home’s existing gable style jut outs which were on the back of the home. Sometimes when really looking at roof connections and house connections the design and construction isn’t as simple as it appears to be.

Stunning view from Delaware screened porch through structural details
The view and the design of this screen wall, are breathtaking. Can you imagine having your morning coffee looking into this each morning?

After looking at the roof connections, it became apparent that the drainage from the two adjoining gables would cause water to drain from those gables directly into the screened porch so we needed to find an architectural solution to overcome that obstacle. When other contractors would have told these Delaware homeowners the space wasn’t workable, we made it work with careful specifications and well thought out design.

The large elevated screen porch was placed in the location of the homeowners existing deck, which includes a walkout below and serves as a patio underneath the porch as well. The scope of the job was to remove the old deck and build a screened porch that encompassed an area of about 12 x 14. We had to design a porch 13′ in the air for the roof tie in we were looking for. Because the home was part of a condo association, we had to ensure every facet of the new structure matched the existing home, this included the trim, exterior finishes, and everything else that was included in the new space.

In matching the design to the existing home we wrapped the column supports with Pawlonia. We also used a kneewall with hardy plank for the exterior finish. On the interior, the customer chose PVC ply bead and an enclosed rafter system with a beadboard finish. We installed four Velux skylights that provided lots of can lights, low voltage lighting, and a stunning ceiling fan. The flooring is Trex in saddle and so are the wide stairs leading down to the patio below. We used white vinyl railing to compliment the landing and stairs. Underneath the porch we installed a underdeck drainage system called Dry Snap.

Delaware screened porch interior
To add even more light and a chance to enjoy the clouds as they roll through a blue sky, we installed 4 Velux skylights.

Archadeck of Columbus loves working with the client, the lot, the area we have to work with and any nuances or challenges we have to overcome to deliver you a finished product you are seeking.

Interior details of Delaware screen porch
Interior details of the finished porch.

The finished screened porch is a beautiful, functional use of the space allocated by the previous deck’s location. The porch looks as though it was original to the home and boasts some of the most amazing views into the backyard. These Delaware homeowners could not be more pleased.

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

Contact Archadeck of Columbus today if you have been told by other builders that the outdoor space you desire isn’t possible, we would like to hear your ideas and your vision. More often than not, we can make your dream a reality. Call for a free consultation: (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

You can see more stunning screened porches that double as works of art by visiting our screened porches photo gallery located on our website.