Featured Project- Screen Porch Addition
This month’s featured project is a screened porch addition we have recently built. The homeowners wanted to update their outdoor space to help create a relaxing area they could enjoy without worrying about bugs. This screened porch is only half of the project, though. After we had finished with the work on the exterior, we moved into the home and are currently remodeling the first floor. We will show you that portion of the project in an upcoming newsletter.
We used an Azek brand composite decking. While the material is on the higher end of the price range when looking at the other decking options available today, it has the best track record when it comes to callbacks. The decking also does not require any maintenance and will not stain or expand and contract with the changing temperatures we experience in Wisconsin. We even installed screening below the deck boards to keep the bugs out. For the railings, we chose to use a Regal brand, aluminum railing system which do not require any maintenance and are also extra sturdy.
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Although you can’t see this from the pictures, we installed wire mesh fencing below the perimeter of the new floor system and buried it below the finish grade to deter animals from getting under the deck. A white vinyl lattice was applied over that to give it a nicer finished look.
Did you notice that the only posts are the two out at the corners? Unlike traditional screened porches, we use engineered microlam beams to carry that load and allow for the 14 foot long, uninterrupted openings. We also used a special, durable, screen that allows each of these massive sections to be made out of one piece of screen giving the appearance of a wide-open space.
We used stained cedar boards on the walls and ceiling to give the porch a warm touch contrasting with the light blue siding and white trim.
We were delighted to help transform this patio area into a beautiful screened porch for our homeowners. Be on the lookout for our upcoming newsletter to see the second half of this project where we focus our attention to the interior of the home and help update and remodel the entire first floor.