A few years ago Susan and Mark decided to add a screened-in porch onto the back of their Pennsylvania home. Susan said, “We are empty nesters, aside from having four cats. About two years ago I decided that it would be nice to have a screened in porch. We could sit on the porch and enjoy our yard, as my husband loves to garden. He plants flowers, herbs, and some vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and broccoli. Also, it would be great to have dinner on the porch.”
Susan Googled to get some ideas for her porch and came across BNOTP during her search. She said, “I just love your porch, and was reading about the cost to build your porch, things to consider when building a porch, etc…”
Susan got several estimates and she had the same experience I did when I started getting estimates for my porch addition. The quotes she was being given varied greatly. She said, ” I showed builders photos of your porch as my ‘inspiration porch’. The first builder, who is a perfectionist, came in way too high. Friends of ours that live nearby recently had a porch built, so we went to see their porch and liked it. We contacted their builder, who ended up building our porch too. So happy to have found this local builder, he does beautiful work and is an amazingly nice person.”
Susan already had a deck in back of her home so her builder added steps from the porch down to the lower deck. Susan said, “My porch is 12 x 14, that’s the largest size that would fit our house. I am happy with the size.”
Susan and Mark chose Trexx decking in the “Treehouse” color for the porch floor. It looks great and is super low maintenance!
Susan found beautiful, vintage, rattan furniture on Craig’s list and was able to furnish her porch with a comfy seating area and a dining table with chairs for a fraction of what buying new furniture would have cost.
Love the view! How wonderful would it be to sit here and look out on the garden!
Susan said, “The two things that were most important to me in having the porch built were double French doors (which come from my dining room), and a gable roof.”
When adding on a porch, if you have enough space I definitely recommend French doors. I had French doors leading out to a patio in my second home and I loved throwing them wide open on pretty days.
Mark and Susan’s porch gets a lot of use by all members of the family. It’s a hard life but someone has to do it! 😉
Susan found this beautiful rug in Pier 1. I love it and it looks like I’m not alone!
Susan told me, “We have been really enjoying the porch; so nice to sit and read, get some fresh air, and also entertain guests. Life is good, and YOU were the catalyst in the project. Once I saw your porch and blog, I got this positive attitude that I was going to go for it and make it happen.”
Thanks so much to Susan for sharing these pictures of her wonderful screened porch. It turned out beautifully! What a wonderful place to relax and enjoy each day and I know it will inspire others who are thinking about adding on a screened porch to their home.
If you’ve added on a porch to your home, I would love to see it! Email me 5-10 large, clear pictures (firstname.lastname@example.org) and if possible, I’ll share them here at BNOTP!
Curious about how much it costs to add on a screened porch? You’ll find a breakdown for the exact cost of adding on my porch in this previous post: Screened-in Porches: How Much Do They Cost To Build