Beautiful Screened Porch with Seating, Dining, Sliding Windows, Even a Vented Grill

Welcome to the 591st Metamorphosis Monday!
One of the things in life that makes me the happiest is when I get an email from a reader saying they have added a screened porch to their home and found my previous posts about my porch to be helpful. Recently Nancy emailed to say, “As we were building our porch, we tried to incorporate the 9 things you recommended. We were able to include all 9 things plus a couple of extras.”

Pssst: If you’ve been considering adding a porch onto your home, you’ll find the post Nancy is referring to here: 9 Great Features For Your Screened Porch.”
I asked Nancy if she could share some of the details of her porch and she said, “The size is 20′ x 21′. As you can see, we have a dining area, plenty of comfortable seating, lamps, a swing, a hutch (which I love decorating for the season), music, 2 ceiling fans, a grill, a small water fountain, and a TV.

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Nancy said, “The porch is one of our favorite places to sit in the morning with a cup of coffee, and then in the evening–a relaxing way to end our day.”

Dining Table for Porch


Nancy’s porch has plenty of cozy seating and great places to relax and get in a little bird watching.

Screened Porch, Wicker Furniture


I love this adorable birdhouse lamp! Sooo cute! I asked Nancy where she found this fun lamp. She said she’s had it for about 20 years and she believes she found it in Haverty’s. It used to live in her sunroom before they added on the porch.

Inspired by Nancy’s lamp, I’ve been looking for birdhouse lamps online today. I found a really cute one here: Birdhouse Lamp. I love the design!

Birdhouse Lamp for Porch


Nancy said, “You were absolutely correct about the swing being a people magnet! It’s usually the first seat taken when we have guests. We also have 4 grandchildren, who love to swing. It’s a great addition to the porch!

I used the cloth lamp cord covers on the swing chains. Another awesome idea I got from you! It definitely softens the look of the swing.”

Pssst: To read more about the covers I use to hide the swing chains on my porch, check out this post: How to Hide Those Ugly Metal Swing Chains.

Porch Swing with Swing Covers


Nancy said, “We are actually having two couples over today for a socially distanced happy hour. We can all sit 6 feet apart and enjoy a little togetherness, one of the things I’ve really missed during these crazy times.”

Screened Porch with TV, Hutch, Dining Space, Seating Space


I love the dining area Nancy created for dinners on the porch. She added a hutch for storing the dishes she most often uses when dining in this cozy spot.

I think I see a TV, too–perfect for when the game’s on and you don’t want to miss any of the action. Hoping we’ll be able to catch some games over the next few months.

Screened Porch Dining Area with Hutch for Porch Dishes


As mentioned previously, Nancy loves decorating her hutch for the seasons and holidays. Currently it’s all decked out for spring.

Porch Dish Storage for Outdoor Dining on Porch


Two features that really set the mood and create a lovely ambiance for any porch are music and the soft gurgling sounds of water. If you have an open or screened porch, considering adding a small fountain near the seating areas. The sound can be so relaxing–a great stress-reducer. Nancy found this beautiful fountain many years ago at a local craft festival in Tallahassee called, Market Days. Love the water lily design!

You’ll find a lot of beautiful water fountains for indoor spaces here: Water Fountains for Indoor Rooms.

Water Fountain, Great for Porch


Nancy and her hubby found a great way to grill out (even on the rainy days) by incorporating a vented grill into the porch.

Screened Porch Addition, Wicker Furniture


This is definitely a feature you’ll want to consider if you have the space and love grilling out on a regular basis.

Vented Grill for a Screened Porch


I love all the storage and the great counter space on either side!

Vented Grill for a Screened Porch


Nancy said, “We live in Tallahassee, FL, so our weather is pretty nice most of the year. We do get all the pollen like in Atlanta, so we decided to add vinyl windows. It definitely helps keep the pollen out!”

Build a Screened Porch for Summer Fun


About the windows Nancy added to her porch, she said, “It also makes the porch a little more comfortable in the winter.  It’s nice to be able to slide them closed when it’s raining too.”

Here’s how the porch looks with the windows closed over the screens.


And here’s how they look when open. Beautiful!


Nancy said, “We have a nice rollup shade on one side, where the afternoon sun comes in. It still allows some light in, but helps with the heat of the sun.”

Shades for Screened Porch


Posted on the wall near the French doors that lead into the sunroom are all the rules that must be followed when spending time here on the porch.

Decorate a Screened Porch, Plants for the Porch


I think I could handle these without any problem. How about you? 🙂

Porch Sign


Thanks so much to Nancy for sharing her beautiful screened porch for this week’s Metamorphosis Monday! It was such a treat to tour this beautiful porch and see all the wonderful details that make it such a special place to entertain family and friends!

Add a Screened Porch to Your Home


Curious to know how much it costs to add on a screened porch to your home? I shared the cost of adding on my porch in this previous post here: Screened-in Porches: How Much Do They Cost to Build?

You’ll find 9 great features I recommend when adding on a porch in this previous post: 9 Great Features For Your Screened Porch.”

Happy spring to you!


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  1. That’s a really, really nice porch! I can see Susan’s influence and Nancy’s added touches (vented grill, sliding windows etc) make it useful more times of the year.

  2. Susan, I finally got a swing and I really want to do the cloth cord covers on the chains. Can you wxplain how you did it? did you use 3 covers for each side of the chains? One for the straight part and two where it forms the Y? I would love your thoughts, before I order some.
    Thank you so much. I look forward to your blog every day, and all your great ideas.

  3. Love the swing!

  4. I want to ‘live’ on her porch… totally perfect !! love her porch rules. Thank you both for sharing….we’re enjoying some nice warm GA weather this wkend in Newnan.

  5. Donna Nance says

    What a fabulous porch! The vented grill is a definite plus. This would look really nice on the back of my house…ha!

  6. Barbara Edwards Armacost says

    This is a beautiful porch!! It has so many nice features – love the grill area. So relaxing.

  7. Carolyn Price says

    Lovely! Lovely! Lovely!
    We are in N.C. mountains and get piles of pollen. I must ask Nancy: Are your vinyl windows The E-Z Breeze system? If not, do you mind sharing who the producers of your windows are if they are a national company?
    Thank you, either way.
    You both have porches that are gorgeous!!

    • Hi Carolyn,
      Thanks for your kind words about my porch. The company that installed our vinyl windows is NRG Industries here in Tallahassee. I’m not familiar with the E-Z Breeze system, so I don’t know if they are the same. The vinyl windows are removable for cleaning, which is a big job, but well worth it a couple of times a year. I hope this helps!

      • Kathleen says

        I was wondering about your windows too. We live in Florida also and have the screen room over our pool plus a covered porch area. I’d love to replace the two ends of the covered area with windows like yours. I love your screen porch I’m sure you get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

      • Your porch is amazing. I would love to know where you found the dachshund hanging in the window. My daughter has 3 dachshunds and would just LOVE this!

        • Hi Josetta,
          I heard back from Nancy and she said:
          “My cute little doxie came from Market Days. The same place where I got my fountain. It’s an annual craft festival here in Tallahassee. I’ve had it for quite a long time, all I remember is the artist was from Panama City, Fl. Thanks for your kind comments. Have a great weekend.”

  8. Beautiful sunroom/porch! The barbecue area is fantastic. Living in Florida you can certainly use all year round. Lovely addition to Nancy’s home.

  9. Wow! That is one amazing porch!! I would love it! It has everything necessary and then some!

  10. Dawne Marie says

    What a beautiful porch! Love the ambiance of the area. Relaxing, soothing. And a gorgeous stag horn fern! Best porch I‘ve seen in a long time. Nice job Nancy. With a touch of Susan!

  11. Oh that’s wonderful – especially the swing! Thanks to both of you for sharing and letting us in on your tips! Hope you’re having a wonderful Memorial Day!

  12. Brenda Lawrence says

    Wow, I’m in love with Nancy’s large screen in porch!! The grill idea is just pure genius. Everything is decorated so beautifully too, so welcoming and cozy. Loving the way they did their windows too, they can get year round time on their porch. I wish I had a screen in porch. lol Yours is beautiful too, I fell in love with yours from the moment I saw it on here years ago Susan. Hugs, Brenda

    • Cyndi Raines says

      Very awesome! Such a nice large area for total relaxation and enjoyment, well done. The vent for the grill was very smart. I have a hutch almost like hers painted blue in my basement to hold extra dishes. Ha. Love the swing also. Every porch deserves a swing, it is my favorite spot to go on my front porch. Thanks for sharing Susan. I still love looking at your porch and that “Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine” sign, one day I’m going to find one like it and buy it.

      • Thanks, Cyndi! I found that sign in A Classy Flea (miss that place!) but they are also available online where you can choose from a bunch of colors here: . I’m not sure what color mine is…it’s one of the soft blues that you see on the chart at that link. I noticed they are around the same price as what I paid at A Classy Flea. I remember it was around $35. I passed it up the first time I saw it but couldn’t get it out of my mind and went back for it. 🙂
        There are also a few online on Amazon here: . But they don’t offer it in very many colors on Amazon.

  13. franki parde says

    I LOVE the SWING!!! franki

  14. Thanks so much for hosting each week!! Stay safe, healthy, happy!!

  15. That’s a really big porch and seems like you will spend many enjoyable hours there. Looking at grills lately and I like the venting on Nancy’s.
    Thanks for sharing.

  16. Thank you so much for hosting! This week I am excited to share week 3 of the One Room Challenge, a Father’s Day gift idea, and how to create a gallery wall from thrift store picture books! Hope you are having a great day, and are staying safe and healthy!

  17. Hi Josette,

    My cute little doxie came from Market Days. The same place where I got my fountain. It’s an annual craft festival here in Tallahassee. I’ve had it for quite a long time, all I remember is the artist was from Panama City, Fl.
    Thanks for your kind comments. Have a great weekend.


  18. Denise D says

    A beautiful porch!Thanks so much for sharing. I have been wanting a swing on either our upper or lower porch. Do you know how much clearance is needed for a porch swing, “to swing”? Thanks!

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