Inside Advantage

A screened-in porch lets you get the most out of an endless summer.

Inside Advantage
Photo by Roger Wade

A screened-in porch lets you get the most out of an endless summer.

Nothing says summer more than an evening spent outside, a tranquil scene that almost everyone celebrates as a summer ritual.

But there's a downside: mosquitoes. Once the sun sets, these thirsty pests feed in full force, and as a result, your would-be evening of relaxation turns into a war between you and them.

Fortunately, there's a solution to your porch problem: screen it in. More and more home owners are rediscovering the benefits that a screened-in porch can provide, and they extend beyond merely keeping the bugs out.


Add Value

The addition of a screened-in porch will automatically increase your property value and living space, and provide an inviting outdoor space.

If you have the skills to build a screened-in porch yourself, you'll find it can be relatively inexpensive to construct. For those less inclined to tackle it on their own, professional construction can run upwards of $10,000.


Increase Livability

Adding a porch off the kitchen or breakfast nook can be a wonderful extension to your dining and entertaining area. Attach one to a bedroom, and you'll have a Southern-style sleeping porch that feels like you're camping under the stars from within the comfort and security of your own home.


Clean Getaways

The outdoor living area of your log home will remain much cleaner than an open porch or deck because it won't be directly exposed to the elements. Windows won't show as many water spots. And screened-in porches help to protect your exterior logs from rain and harmful UV rays.


Decorate and Accessorize

Weatherproof wicker is a practical and good-looking option, as are rope hammocks and cedar rocking chairs. Choose fabrics that are mildew- and fade-resistant for cushions, tablecloths, curtains and throw pillows. Even though your furniture won't be exposed to the elements, condensation can occur as the temperature changes.


Enjoy Nature

From the shelter of a screened-in porch, you can listen a summer shower without getting wet, or experience the thrill of a thunderstorm in safety. A screened-in porch provides much-needed shade from a blazing midday sun. And if your porch is equipped with a ceiling fan, you can generate a cooling breeze.


If you?re sold on the idea of a screened-in porch, check out the 2004 July issue of Log Home Living for the three choices you?ll need to make as you shop.

Story by Joanne Poesch