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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 »

Elevated Decks by Archadeck

Elevated Deck by Archadeck, designed with level change

Adding an outdoor living space to your home — such as an elevated deck, covered deck or screened porch — is a popular trend in today’s market.

A comfortable outdoor space is an attractive, practical and economical way to add square footage to your home now, with the benefit of a high return-on-investment later.

When designing an elevated outdoor structure, the space should ‘jive’ with your home and surroundings.  And when constructing the project, your choice of building materials will influence aesthetics, budget and upkeep requirements.  Both of these aspects — design and materials — should be a good fit for your lifestyle.

Elevated Hardwood Deck with Screened Porch by Archadeck

Elevated Hardwood Deck with Upper Level Porch by Archadeck

Wood Decks and Porches:  No product is exactly like wood, except real wood.  It’s durable and affordable, having proven structural value for years.  Beautiful outdoor spaces designed and built using wood will be guaranteed a long life with proper cleaning and resealing.

Wood decks and porches are a popular choice for St. Louis homeowners including hardwoods such as Ipe or Tigerwood as well as pressure treated lumber or cedar.

Composite Decks and Porches:  Composites are manufactured from recycled woods/plastics and considered environmentally friendly and desirable. Read the rest of this entry »


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