Last week’s article was in celebration of the open porch, this week we’re taking a look at the screen porch and three season porch.
A screen porch can really add a great deal of enjoyment to the warmer months by providing a bug-free, bat-free, semi-outdoor environment. Enclosed porches also add to your property value as well. A screen porch can be built anywhere, but usually in the back or side of the house where there are no set-back laws. A front or back porch can simply be screened-in or a deck or patio can be turned into a screen porch by adding screens and a roof.
Sometimes screen porches are used as a warm weather dining room, family room or sleeping porch. And they don’t have to be on the lower floor on the house, they can be upstairs, possibly off from one of the bedrooms. A screen porch, or three season porch off a child’s room can provide a place to play during inclement weather and a fun place to “camp out.” It provides the master suite a nice sitting area.
Some screen porches have fireplaces, but you might get more use from this investment in a three season porch.
Three Season Porch
As far as getting the most value for your dollar, the three season porch, is the best type of porch because it gives your family usable living space most of the year.
A three season porch is different from sun rooms or four season porches in that they do not usually have air conditioning or heat (except from the sun). They also have no insulation so they are less expensive to construct. In colder climates, like Wisconsin, they are not used during the winter. But they are fine for chilly days in the fall and spring. Depending on the exposure, they can pick up quite a bit of heat from the sun. So you might want to think about the location of your new three-season porch if you a building a new one and not just turning an existing porch or patio into a three season porch.
During the colder months storm windows can be added or the porch can have very large floor to ceiling windows that can be completely opened and closed. This would cost more, but the convenience might be worth it.
Some things that can enhance the enjoyment of your three season porch could be a hot tub, a wet bar, small refrigerator, ceiling fan, day bed, or entertainment center.
If you have average carpenter skills, and the time, you can probably construct a basic screen porch, or even a three season porch, yourself. You can buy kits as well. A contractor can screen in a porch in about a day or a few days if he needs to construct a simple roof. A three season porch might take a little longer.
The links, below, will take you to some excellent websites that will show you how to build a screen porch or three season porch.
Green Bay Screen and three season porch builders
Creative Decks And Gazebos LLC
2777 Mayflower Dr
Green Bay WI 54311
E-mail [email protected]
1857 Sal St.
Green Bay, WI. 54302
Classic Renovations Inc Classic Renovations Inc
126 Berger Street
Green Bay, WI 54302-3516