Welcome to the 334th Metamorphosis Monday!
Shortly after Anne and her husband, Mike, moved to Birmingham, Alabama, they decided to renovate their screened-in porch and deck. The original porch and deck were smaller than what they wanted for their home. When completed, the renovation ended up doubling the size of their porch and deck!
Construction began and in the photo below you can see the footprint of the new porch. The roof of the old porch was still visible so you can really see how much larger the new porch was going to be.
The new deck was designed to wrap around the end of the porch, visible below. Notice the three windows on the right–those are part of the master bedroom and they are going to change in this renovation, as well.
Let’s get to those awesome “After” photos!
The completed porch measures 35 feet long and 14 feet deep, more than double the size of the previous porch. The new deck is 50 feet long and 8 feet deep. Indoor/outdoor carpeting was added over the deck floor of the porch to keep mosquitoes from sneaking through.
Anne said, “One of my favorite parts of the porch is the rope lighting which gives wonderful ambiance at night. We have seen other homes that show the actual rope lighting but ours is behind the valance so what you actually see is the light from the rope lights, but not the actual rope lights.
We also really like the remote-controlled, multi-speed fans with dimmable lights and the stained glass table lamps. Mike found the fan lights on Costco.com, but I don’t know if they are still available there. However, he looked online today and found them on www.atgstores.com (Litex E-KM52ABZ5LKRCI) 52″ 5-blade and 3-light Knightsbridge ceiling fan for $340.20 with free shipping (List price $472.50). We paid about $159.00 each at Costco in 2009.”
Anne and Mike included a fireplace in the design of their porch, Anne said, “We do spend a lot of time out here in the summer, but the fireplace does help add the number of days, especially for some spring evenings and into late fall. We had it on earlier this week when the evening temperature dropped into the low 50’s.”
I asked Anne if they make special TVs for outdoor covered porches or if a regular TV works okay for a porch. Anne said, “The TV is not rated for outdoor use, but has been on the porch year round for 5 years and we’ve never had any issues. Also we had cable for about 6 years and now have Direct TV – also without any humidity issues. Seems electronics are being built to withstand the rigors of outdoor (covered of course) living.”
Entertaining on the Porch
Anne’s porch is large enough, she can bring the table that’s normally on the deck, inside when needed for larger groups. For a recent summer party, dining space was needed for 10. Anne said, “We do love to entertain and the porch works really well. Even we were surprised how comfortably we were able to fit both tables into the porch for the evening. Our neighborhood has a monthly TGIF which we have hosted a few times…many of the guests really like hanging out on the porch and we bring out extra chairs for seating on the deck.”
Remember the three Master Bedroom windows that were visible on the right in an earlier photo? They were changed to doors so Anne and Mike now have easy access to their porch in the morning or evening. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy the fireplace each evening in the spring and fall before turning in for the night!
Anne recently updated the cushions on her porch furniture. Anne said,”We updated the porch last season. We got all new cushions on our sofa and living area chairs as well as 2 area rugs, one under the dining table and one for the living area.”
“For additional seating on the fireplace, we have cushions that fit perfectly on the hearth area, making that whole area very cozy. ”
Notice the beautiful stained glass panels running around the perimeter of the porch. Anne said, “My husband Mike, had the vision and wanted to have the porch built around the stained glass pieces. They were my creation for our porch in Nashville which we added on as part of a house we bought new in 1999.
The first one took me about 2 months to make and the last one took only a couple of weeks…LOL. When we moved to Chicago, the panels lived in the basement, so when we moved to Birmingham, we were both anxious to get the panels hung up again.”
Because Anne and Mike’s screened porch is surrounded by their deck, they are able to easily reach the screens to cover them in the spring when pollen season hits. Anne said, “Because of the huge amount of pollen here and because we have woods behind us which adds to the pollen, we wrap the entire area of the outside of the porch in heavy-duty plastic each spring which makes cleaning the porch a lot easier for the season especially since we have carpet on the floor.
We originally had solar lights on the posts of the deck…they were fine for a few years, but last year Mike took those out and installed low voltage down lights on the railings which is a much better and more permanent choice.”
Anne has some future changes in mind for the outside deck area. She said, “The only major update still planned for the porch is to replace the deck with Trex flooring and the railings with wrought iron.”
Here’s a view showing how the design of the stairs off the deck. I like how they are tucked down here at the end instead of taking up space in the center of the backyard, a problem I used to have with my old deck.
One of the questions folks most often have about adding on a porch is regarding the cost. Anne generously shared information regarding the cost of her own porch makeover saying, “We contracted to have the demolition and the new porch built for $21,000 including the change out of the master bedroom windows to a walkout.
In addition to the 21K we bought the ceiling fans, fireplace stone and fireplace insert, ceiling speakers and carpeting, but the contractor installed all as part of their pricing. The we added the ceiling fans, the rope lighting, and deck lighting. We helped with some of the demolition and finished and sealed the fireplace.”
Here’s a view of how the new porch and deck looks across the back of Anne and Mike’s beautiful home. Looks like it has always been there, doesn’t it. It fits the home perfectly!
Thanks so much to Anne and Mike for sharing information and pictures of their wonderful porch and deck transformation. I know this will greatly inspire and help others who are designing and planning a screened porch addition to their own home.
Looking forward to all the fabulous Before and Afters for this Met Monday!
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