Back in the early 1940s, my grandparents built a cabin on a river and it had a screened porch that ran across the entire length of the side of the house facing the water. We ate out there, played cards, kept an eye out for wildlife and spent countless hours just rocking in chairs watching the river flow by. We all loved that porch and by day it was the center of our indoor activities.
Looking back on it though, the porches we build today are in another league entirely. First of all, mosquitoes were our unrelenting enemy all summer long. It seems like we were always patching up a hole here or there and yet, every evening we were still slapping at them and reaching for the bug spray. Today we use weatherproof flexible fiberglass screening. They seal with a rubber strip that goes all around the perimeter and all of them are much more robust that the staple-gun screens of the past. No more worries about screen rips and dents during the post-dinner wiffle ball match.
I can’t tell you how much I dreaded it when my mom would say it was my turn to sweep the porch. We were always tracking in sand, dirt, and grass and it used to get down deep into the grooves of the plank flooring. We kids were also pretty hard on it in terms of spilling things and dragging furniture across it. Today I work with a flooring options that are much more robust, attractive and easy to maintain. What I would have given to have had a floor that locked tightly together so I wasn’t having to work the sand out of all of the grooves and nail indents! I would have replaced that floor with with a composite in a heartbeat. In addition, bugs would easily make their way up through the floor boards. Today, we simply put a screen below the porch planks and that keeps the bugs from joining the party from crawling in that way.
In my head I can still hear the slam of our screen door. Boy it was loud. It smacked against the jam and reverberated through the whole house. The doors we use today shut quietly and stay shut. They don’t have to be replaced regularly because of warping or easily torn screens and they do a terrific job of keeping the bugs out. We probably would have picked one with a built in dog door for our German Shepherd, Sam.
I loved the rustic furniture of that cabin, but we only used it seasonally. My favorite part of the modern screened porch is that you can build it, decorate it and add amenities like fireplaces and televisions much like you would any other room of your home. It is essentially a more relaxed, casual room addition to the rest of your home. Rough and tumble has its own charm, but these days I like relaxing under the ceiling fan with the surround sound audio system. I think my grandmother would have liked that too.
Contact Archadeck of Columbus today to see how we can make creating your dream backyard an enjoyable experience, start to finish. The consultation is completely free. (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to your call.
Archadeck of Columbus urges homeowners to schedule their outdoor structure endeavor now to ensure a spring ready completion.
Usually our phones start to ring off the hook around Groundhog day each year. Whether it’s only six more weeks to spring, or six more weeks of cold weather, that’s when many people start thinking about getting started on their new deck or porch or patio. No matter how you look at it the answer comes out to the same conclusion. Spring is just around the corner. With that sudden realization, whether it comes from a groundhog, or the first traces of dandelions sprouting under the snow, many homeowners are getting ready to get started on their spring projects.
On average a typical deck project takes about a week to construct. But what takes time if you’re working with a reputable builder is getting your project scheduled. Reputable builders will have projects on the docket and may be 6 or 8 weeks out before they can start your project. Unfortunately, many homeowners wait until they are within the warmer months to begin planning their outdoor project, and this often means a longer wait time to start enjoying the benefits and living outdoors. Right now in early February when people sign, we are scheduling start dates in March for the structures to be ready in April. We serve our customers on a first come, first serves basis and if you wait too long, you won’t be able to enjoy your project this year in the prime months of the year.
Here in Columbus we build year-round and cold weather does not keep us from constructing your deck , screen porch or other structure. It’s so important to call early to avoid long wait times and to ensure you get to enjoy your structure this spring.
Being the early bird is vital in getting the outdoor structure you have dreamed about all winter ready in time for for those warm, sunny days. Contact Archadeck of Columbus to get started. Give us a call for a free consultation and come see us at the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show Sat Feb. 25 – Sun Mar. 4 located in the Celeste building booth #2306 & 2308. See you there!
Have you ever been flipping through your favorite home and garden magazine and seen an image that makes you wish you could have something just like it? If you are a proactive homeowner that is always looking for ways to improve upon your home or landscape then the answer is most certainly yes. These Powell, OH homeowners recently turned their dream of having a screen porch into a reality.
It all began when we initially sat down and met to get an idea of what they were looking to build. They told us that what they wanted most was a unique structure and they even gave us some pictures they had clipped out to use as a starting point for their project which showed a very finished structure that had wrapped beams and lots of architectural reveals on the inside and outside. The pictures provided valuable insight into developing the concept of the screen porch’s design. (see picture of clipping below). With the homeowner’s requests in mind we were ready to begin the design process.
The finished porch boasts an abundant 16′ x 16′ sq. feet of blissful outdoor living space which includes 9′ high walls which are higher than standard screen porch walls. High ceilings are becoming more and more popular and we like to build the walls of our outdoor structures to match the the walls inside the house on the adjoining room. Your outdoor room is truly an extension of your home.
In terms of trimming out this screen porch, we used “build-up” columns in the screen porches interior. In essence this means we actually build them up to make them appear larger and more finished. By having thicker columns in the middle, we were able to put sconce lights in the interior and these more robust columns add to the elegance of the entire room. When working with certain interior design aspects of an outdoor structure, bigger is usually better, it gives your finished room a richer feel.
We used Paulownia trim on the posts which comes ready to paint upon installation. On the floor the homeowners chose a pressure-treated pine floor laid on a diagonal pattern. Using pine adds a rustic, natural ambiance to a room like only real wood can, and choosing the diagonal patterning conveys a sense of creativity by steering away from the traditional pattern commonly seen in screen porches. These Powell, OH homeowners played on the rich lines and wood within the flooring and took it a step further by choosing an unfinished cedar tongue and groove ceiling. Also included were some little creature comforts and extras. These included a wall mount system for the homeowners TV, ceiling fans, and ample electrical outlets on those hearty posts.
Of course, the quality and sense of exclusivity was carried on to the exterior as well. We put architectural reveals on the outside with the use of additional trim that creates the appearance of a more layered look which shows shadow lines. We also installed siding on the exterior of the porch and painted it to make it look natural to the house. We used aluminum screen inserts and also placed white reveals around the screens to add character.
If you are looking for a builder that can deliver you a “picture-perfect” outdoor structure, contact Archadeck of Columbus to get started today call us at (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at email@example.com
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.
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 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.
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.
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
To see more stunning 3 and 4 seasons rooms by Archadeck of Columbus visit our Columbus screen porch photo gallery.
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.
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.
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.
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
Wood, Tile or Synthetic? Most of the time we put a decking material down like pressure-treated (PT) pine, cedar or synthetic flooring. Considerations that come into play when choosing your flooring material may include plans to use the area for perimeter seating or dining. Most often the flooring material that is chosen by the homeowner reflects what is used on the interior ceiling or on the posts. Wood is a favorite plus, since it is under the cover of a roof you don’t have to worry about damage caused by rain, or sun exposure, as you would if the wood was used in an “open” porch setting. Some customers like to use area rugs to define seating or dining areas. The use of rugs is purely a cosmetic element used for aesthetics to convey the intimacy, unity and warmth of the structure.
Synthetic or composite flooring may be overkill on your screen porch floors because the area is already protected from the elements. Synthetic and composites do offer a tongue and
groove type of flooring, but these materials are more expensive when compared to other choices in flooring available.
Tile floors– Homeowners always ask about using tile floors inside their screened porch. Tile can be beautiful and we are more than happy to put in a tile floor. Keep in mind that tile expands and contracts with the weather and temperature, and over time the grout will undoubtedly crack . Pavers are a good choice for people seeking that “old world” stone look without using tile. Pavers can be installed with less risk of cracking because we use a sand bedding as opposed to grout for installation.
Keeping it real– When it comes to patterns, and which way to run your flooring it is a good idea to replicate the same pattern on your new screen porch that is used in the adjacent structures. Whether you use the same color or one that contrasts your existing structure, remember you want to make your porch look as though it was built when the house was constructed.
Kneewall vs. rail vs. divider rail
Building codes– In most jurisdictions, any structure or floor that is 30″ above grade or more requires a barrier, which can be a rail or divider rail at 36″ tall. The view from your screened porch is important and at 36″ the rail will block your view somewhat when in a sitting position. Rails can either be mounted on the inside or outside of your screen porch. If kids and pets are part of your scenario then it is usually best to mount the rails on the inside.
Kneewalls– Kneewall height is commonly set at 24″, in order to be completely accurate check with your screen porch builder or your particular jurisdiction for the proper code requirements regarding approved height. Both the inside and the outside of the kneewall can be trimmed to match your house. Another plus to using kneewalls is that it allows space
for electrical outlets. Putting outlets in a rail is much more difficult and is not attractive. Kneewalls can also be finished in plybead and with a wainscoating design to add style to the kneewall itself. Some homeowners take advantage of the kneewall in regards to it’s shelf effect and display small decorative items as well.
Divider rails– Divider rails allow for maximum visibility and also allows for an area to “break” the screen adding more strength. This added strength is especially helpful for families with small children and pets to protect the screen from damage.
Open posts vs. exposed posts
To wrap or not to wrap– Choosing to wrap your posts gives a beautiful finished effect. Posts can be wrapped in a wide variety of materials including PT which can be painted in a color of your choice vinyl, cedar, pine and other rustic woods to allow continuity of design within the structure itself. Leaving the post exposed can lend to a more rustic and natural effect as well. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and your posts can be finished in the medium that best suits your individual tastes.
Choosing the most appropriate interior flooring finish for your screened porch doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By using an experienced porchbuilder your journey of watching your screened porch reach fruition can be a magical experience, alive with design elements and textures to tantalize your senses.
Contact Archadeck of Columbus to learn more about our screened porches and the many ways you can customize your structure to truly make it one of a kind. (740) 879 – 3730
Archadeck of Columbus expands your knowledge of screened porch interior ceilings. There is more to a ceiling than meets the eye.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.