The Design Series: Considerations When Finishing Out Your Screened Porch

Part two of our Design Series on screened porches focuses on considerations when finishing out your screened porch. How to use natural light to optimize enjoyment and the importance of envisioning traffic flow.

Where the sun hits your structure during the day for warmth and natural light is an important consideration

Now that you have defined how much space you need for your screened porch it is time to decide how to finish out your space. There are many considerations that come into play when deciding how to finish out your screened porch, one of which is probably one of the most important… where and how will the room receive it’s light?

When planning on building a screened porch or other outdoor structure it is crucial to detect which direction it will be receiving the sun. If your structure is in direct sunlight it will stay too warm, and if it is completely in the shade it may not get warm enough. You want to place your structure for maximum utilization of free light with consideration to how much heat you want from the sun.

Considering you will lose a certain amount of sunlight when you install a roof on your structure you have to look for ways to overcome that loss. Positioning the porch where you can take advantage of the light coming in from other windows in relation to your house is an option. A gabled roof will also let more light pass through. Remember the west side of the home usually has the most light, and heat, this will also have to be a consideration when considering placement of your screened porch. When placement of your screened porch is not open to many options there are other ways to obtain that much-needed light, such as skylights. Skylights add beauty and function to your screened porch. There are also many outdoor lighting and ceiling fan designs on the market now that cater to the screened porch. These lights and fans are safe to use outdoors in a screened porch setting and come in enough styles to suit any taste.

A screened porch with good traffic flow

Another key factor of finishing your screened porch is the traffic flow. We typically put the door near the house, but in some cases this may not work. Door positioning is important in relation to your furniture and you have to take into consideration how that furniture will be used and will it be in the path of traffic when in use? You always want a smooth traffic flow around your furnishings whether they are in use or not currently in use. Take into consideration the door swing as well, you wouldn’t want the door to swing open against a piece of furniture. You want a clear, open traffic flow, so you and your guests can move about in harmony throughout your structure for maximum enjoyment.

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

At Archadeck of Columbus we can meet with you to plan your perfect screened porch. We have experience in turning your dreams into a reality. We can help you decide the placement of your screened porch and plan all the little important details. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to help you every step of the way.(740) 879 – 3730

The Design Series – Considerations in Constructing a Screened Porch- How Big Should your Screened Porch Be?

Part one of our “Design Series” about considerations when constructing a screened porch. How big should your screened porch be? Archadeck of Columbus gives you helpful hints on ways to determine the best size screened porch to fit your needs and lifestyle.

How big should my screened in porch be? This is a question many of our clients ask us when considering the addition of a screened in porch. We like to meet with our clients in the planning stages so we can devise a plan on the size their particular structure needs to be to fit all their needs.

Large screened porch with fireplace

The first factor we need to discuss when considering how large to build the screened porch is what will it predominately be used for? Will it be used for dining or gathering, or both? What else will it be used for?

A good rule of thumb if you are planning to use the screened in porch as an outdoor dining area is to chart how large it needs to be by going into your dining room and measure it. An addition is sometimes hard to visualize when it’s not furnished, and going into your actual dining room space with furniture will set a realistic goal to judge how much room you will actually need.

Screened porches add outdoor living space

Another question we ask our clients is the size of the furniture which will be used inside the screened porch. If  you will be using it as an outdoor dining area, have you decided upon a table yet? If so, how big is it? If not how big do you want your table to be? You always want to leave a clearance area of about four feet outside the table so you have ample room to walk around the table when it is not in use, and plenty of room to pull out the chairs to a comfortable distance when in use. If you are sitting back after eating, we recommend additional space. These are the sorts of things you may not think about. But, you really have to envision yourself living in the space you are thinking about all the way down to the size of the table and how you and your guests will congregate around the table and the other furniture.

Screened porch used for dining

There are some more things to think about. Will you be adding perimeter furniture such as couches, chairs, tables or decorative furniture pieces? If the answer is yes, then you will want to plan for those additional pieces to fit comfortably and not overcrowd your usable living space. Some of our clients use their screened porch as an outdoor living room. If you are thinking about using your outdoor room as an outdoor living room, go into your living room and measure the room and furniture in the same manner.

Beautiful view of screened porch and patio at dusk

We are always asked the question is there a “standard” or “common” size for a screened porch? They vary quite a bit, but 12×14 and 14×16 are quite common sizes. The dimensions of the screened porch come into play more with a covered area because when you put a roof over it, it becomes defined. The screened porch must be able to accommodate your furniture comfortably and leave enough space in between to be able to flow through the room easily. This is why planning is so important.

Archadeck of Columbus can meet with you and create a design rendering taking all of your individual needs into consideration. We treat each screened porch we design as unique and individual. A design rendering will help  you visualize your dream, and then we can start from there, bringing the dream to life. Give us a call to get the ball rolling (740) 879 – 3730
westcolumbus@archadeck.net

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

Top 10 Reasons for Building a Screen Porch

Here are top reasons why consumers add screen porches to their homes.

  1. Shade
  2. No Bug Spray
  3. Darkened Screens reduce UV exposure
  4. Enjoy the outdoors with a “bit” of privacy
  5. No Bug Spray
  6. Increase the Value of your Home
  7. Enjoy a thunderstorm without getting wet
  8. Create the look of a rustic cabin in your own backyard
  9. Significant reduction in wood maintenance with a roof
  10. No Bug Spray

    

Screen Porch, Columbus, Ohio

   

What is it about Screen Porches?  I dont know anyone I’ve ever met whom didn’t enjoy the setting and atmosphere of a porch.   

Screen Porch, Columbus, Ohio

   

For me it was indoctrination.  We have a cabin in Canada that my grandfather built in the late 1930’s.  There is no better place than sitting on that Screen Porch.  The view is spectacular, but the fun part is watching all the bugs fighting to get in from outside.  If you have ever ventured up north, they are more mosquitos than maple leafs!   

I always ask folks why they are interested in adding a screen porch.  Most of the responses are similar to my story and the main reasons are listed above but many more exist.  Give us a call should you wish to explore the options!   

Cheers!