Screen porch design ideas for a contemporary look

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Screen porch design ideas for a contemporary look
A screen porch can create a convenient entry to an outdoor play area. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

You can build a very informal screen porch, but you can also give the porch an upscale look that fits current new homes well. The type of roofing, lumber and framework design are all important. Go online to review various designs of screen porches, and review backyard books and magazines to get ideas. Landscaping around the porch and other amenities all contribute to its overall look, so the options are virtually unlimited.

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Plan a Well-Designed Roof

Invest time in creating an appropriate roof area. Any structure's design is largely determined by its roof shape and covering. For example, a brick home can look good with a screened porch with a copper metal roof. A screened porch with generous overhangs and guttering will look more upscale than a simple lean-to design with no overhangs.

Match the House Roof

If the porch adjoins the home, make it seem part of the whole structure. For example, you can tie the roof rafters of the porch into the roof rafters of the house. Draw the screened porch on graph paper to complement the architectural design of the house. The pitch of the roof and the overall size of the porch will be important. Materials selected for the roof might be metal roofing, asphalt shingles or cedar shakes, but the roofing of the screened porch should harmonise with the house roof.

Create an Interesting Foundation

Design a good base for the screen porch. You can, for example, lay a couple of rows of breeze blocks covered by stacked stone veneer on the exterior side to create an upscale foundation. Build the framework on top of the short wall. Most screen porches are built over decking or a simple concrete base, but the foundation of the house might fit with something more elaborate. You can use cut stones, river rocks or bricks for a short exterior wall foundation on a screen porch.

Build Good Framework

The framework should offer shape and style. Just because screening will be added to the walls of the porch, doesn't mean you should overlook a well-made framing structure. The dimensions of the lumber, type of woo and details of wood trim and guttering will all add to the look of the porch. Build a shape that fits with the home's design in every respect before any screening material is added. The framing will show from all angles inside and out, so spacing of boards and interesting design work do matter.

Go for Nice Detailing

Add ambience inside and out. Create appropriate lighting, and add electrical sockets inside the room. Install a small refrigerator or television if the interior is well protected from the elements. Add a small sink inside the screen porch as well. Purchase or build planters to install outside the screen porch. Soften the look of the screening by placing large concrete containers of small bushes or trees at the corners as another option.

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