An Inviting Screened-In Porch
These homeowners had a decently-sized deck off their Marietta home. But the space was awkward and uninviting. And there was nothing to mitigate the heat of high summer or the chill of late fall and early spring. Additionally, there was no protection from the elements. We were tasked with transforming the unwelcoming deck into an inviting screened-in porch.
Before: The flagstones on the existing deck were in bad shape. Additionally, the railings needed an updated look that would better match the architecture.
Creating an Inviting Screened-In Porch
After: We partnered with architect Cynthia Karegeannes, who came up with the porch’s architectural design. We closed in the deck with screening and high sloped ceilings. And we replaced the tired flagstone with durable and beautiful ipe decking.
The improvements help our clients use this outdoor room during much more of the year. A new ceiling fan help keeps things breezy during hot Georgia summers. Meanwhile, a new stone fireplace helps our clients stay toasty warm during early spring, late fall and even through the milder days of winter. The result is an inviting screened-in porch where our clients love to spend time.
Fireplace: Courtyard Outdoor Gas Fireplace, Majestic
Worldly Coastal Vibes
Our talented clients created a worldly coastal vibe out here. The furniture is a mix of woven and burlap-like beachy textures. Blue accents in exotic patterns and details like pom-poms and tassels add to the charm. And two woven poufs provide extra seating.
Trim paint: Chatura Gray, Sherwin-Williams
A Toasty Ambience
The fireplace surround is gray flagstone with a chiseled edge. A TV overhead allows the homeowners to cheer on their favorite teams al fresco. Also, there are also speakers integrated into the porch ceiling for great sound quality.
The ceiling was treated to look like walnut wood. This adds rich tones overhead, bringing coziness to the space.
Tip: Always use a fan rated for outdoor use when outfitting a porch space. This one is 52 inches.
Lounge and Dining Space
In addition to the lounge, we left room for a dining table. This is a great spot to host meals, set up a more casual buffet on game nights and to play games.
The new wrought iron railings have a clean streamlined look. They provide safety while leaving an open view.
Adding Doors and Backyard Access
The new screen doors include a sliding barn door track, which adds architectural interest to the space. And we love the glass hanging lantern our clients chose for the room. Screens of Georgia crafted the doors.
We created screened-in clerestories above the large rectangular screened-in openings throughout the porch. We love design challenges like this.
The new screen doors enhance the architecture from the exterior as well. We added a deck to serve as a generous landing for the new stairs.
Before: It’s hard to believe there was no access from the existing deck to the backyard. Our clients wanted us to rectify this with a new staircase.
The beautiful new staircase matches the architecture of the new porch.
Here’s a closer look at the ipe treads and coordinating wrought iron railings that match the railings we installed on the porch.
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