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Third in the series “Your Backyard Is A Blank Canvas,” we’ll discuss screened-in porches.  And not just any-ole-porch design but fabulous design variations — mainstream and modern, traditional and trendy, classic and contemporary. Regardless of your style preference, a screen porch addition can be designed and built — uniquely for you — and most importantly, it should complement your home, backyard and budget.

Screened Porches by Archadeck

Screened Porches by Archadeck

And just like pergolas, decks or any other outdoor space, a screen porch can be pretty straight forward or it might be wildly elaborate… or, if you’re like most folks, your project will fall somewhere-in-the-middle.

Under Deck Screened Porch over Patio, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Under Deck Screened Porch over Patio, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Where to start?  Well, it’s always best to begin with questions.  So let’s look at frequently-asked-questions and the myriad of possibilities when it comes to screen porch ideas.

Where should a screen porch be built?

Your existing home and backyard often determine if and how a screen porch is designed and constructed.  There are four distinct possibilities: Read the rest of this entry »

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Last in our series The 5 Most Popular Deck Designs Explained is the fabulous and functional screened-in deck.  Now you might be thinking, “But what are the benefits of a screened-in deck design?”

Well, a screened deck is, hands-down, the best way to make the most of your home and lot.  As an outdoor space, it’s part-deck, part-house, part-yard.  It often becomes THE favorite spot for everyone — adults, kids and even the pets!

Screened In Decks, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Screened In Decks, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

With a screened deck, scorching heat, pesky bugs or a rain shower won’t put an end to your backyard fun.  The ceiling is ideal for a mounted fan, screens keep the bugs-at-bay and the roof provides shade and shelter which creates a functional outdoor room for (nearly) year-round use.

There are, however, important structural considerations. Read the rest of this entry »

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer.  Backyard pools are open for business and it’s ‘swim time’ for those who enjoy the water.

To complement a swimming pool, you’ll need to consider ways to ‘tie it all together’ — your home, yard and pool — creating an attractive outdoor space and a place for entertaining, lounging and relief from the sun.

Deck and Screened Porch for Backyard Pool by Archadeck

Deck and Screened Porch for Backyard Pool by Archadeck

For swimmers and onlookers alike, a deck, pergola, porch — or all three — could be a perfect match for a summertime getaway right in your own backyard.

Pergola ideas for swimming pools Read the rest of this entry »

Color schemes and comfortable furnishings are an important part of your home décor — whether inside or out — and so is lighting.  Lighting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to get the biggest-bang-for-your-buck with a deck, screened porch or pergola addition because it extends the use of your outdoor space into the evening hours.

Outdoor lighting is a must-have feature in 2015.

Outdoor Living Space with Lighting -- Wall Mount, Deck Rail Lighting and Table Top Candles, Project by Archadeck

Outdoor Living Space with Lighting — Wall Mount, Deck Rail Lighting and Table Top Candles, Project by Archadeck

Lighting makes a style statement and sets a distinctive mood.  It provides safety and security after dark.

The right lighting is a key detail to make your deck, porch, pergola or other outdoor space a true extension of your home and landscape.

Deck Lighting for Safety and Aesthetics, Photo courtesy of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Deck Lighting for Safety and Aesthetics, Photo courtesy of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

There are a lot of options out there, so mix-and-match the right kind of lights to illuminate your outdoor space – no matter the size — for maximum function and fashion.

Outdoor Space with Hanging Light Fixture, Project by Archadeck

Outdoor Space with Hanging Light Fixture, Project by Archadeck

Continue reading for a few more suggestions. Read the rest of this entry »

Here in St. Louis, screen porches are more popular than ever.  Screened in porches are the perfect in-between space:  part house, part yard.

Screened Porch by Archadeck

Screened Porch by Archadeck

From stand-alone porches to attached porches and screen rooms that are combined with a deck or patio (or both), the sky’s the limit when it comes to  design and building.

So whether you want a porch for its architectural value or simply to get away from the bugs, there’s one for any style and any budget.

In our previous posts, Screen Porch Ceiling Options and Screen Porch Roofing Options, we took an in-depth look at the engineering details and materials for hip, gable and shed roofs; vaulted and flat ceilings; exposed and enclosed rafters; accessories too.

And just like a roof or ceiling, the walls, windows, doors and floors of a screen porch are distinct elements that make an important constructural and aesthetic impact as well.

Let’s take a look. Read the rest of this entry »

As the weather gets cooler are you looking for a little more ‘indoors’ in your outdoor spaces?

Screen Porch Over New Composite Deck by Archadeck

Screen Porch Over New Composite Deck by Archadeck

If so, then the ever-popular option of closing-in a deck might be the perfect solution for you.

Not only will a screened-in deck provide versatility, it is the epitome of a smart investment.

With a 70% return on investment, enclosing a deck will add functional living space right now, increase curb appeal and boost the resale value of your home when it comes time to sell.  Since ROI is area-specific, check with a local realtor.

Next, factor-in comfort and usability. Read the rest of this entry »

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