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.
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