Deck Becomes Screened Porch with Seating and Space for Dining/Entertaining

Welcome to the 700th Metamorphosis Monday!

This porch-loving woman sure does love it when you share your beautiful porches and outdoor spaces with me! I get so excited when I get an email from a lovely BNOTP reader with photos of a wonderful, relaxing, outdoor space they’ve created for their home.

Recently I received an email from Mary Anne who said, “A few months ago I mentioned to you what an inspiration you and your porch were to me and that I was in the final stages of converting a deck to a screened porch on my Connecticut home. Well at long last the screen porch is done and I’m ready to share.”

Mary Anne had a large deck on the back of her home but since her home is surrounded by trees, it created an ongoing maintenance issue. I totally understand that issue because I deal with the same thing with my two smaller decks.

Mary Anne said, “The deck was okay but I got to the point where I was so sick of everything being covered with pollen in the spring, and the bugs and bees, and stuff falling from the trees (my house is surrounded by trees on 3 sides). I was constantly cleaning! And it also required refinishing every couple of years. And it was just so much brown! Here is a “before” photo after all the furniture was removed.”

Convert a deck into a screened porch


Mary Anne came to the same conclusion I did about my previous large deck and decided to convert her deck into a screen porch. Mary Anne said, “So, one day I had a BNOTP epiphany (LOL) and from that point forward, I was so impatient for it to be done. Construction began on March 29th and just finished this week. Sigh. It seemed to take forever!

I shared photos of your porch with my contractor. I wanted it to be light and airy, very white, and those arched pieces at the top of each section of the screen were important to me too. Having balusters and a solid bottom half for the door was important for protection since the porch is about seven feet off the ground and I didn’t want my new puppy to run through a screen!”

Beautiful Screened Porch with high ceiling


“My house is a saltbox style, pretty common here in New England, and all of the light in the living room comes in through sliding doors that lead to the porch, So the light factor was important to me and I wanted the walls to be as high as possible for that reason.”

Screened Porch with Cozy Seating


“I also like the lush green of the surrounding woods and wanted to be sure sight lines weren’t blocked. I’m so happy that there is tons of light because of all the screens, and the upper screens near the cathedral ceiling. I don’t have glass on the windows – just screens, so this will be a 3-season room only. Rain does come in if it is windy while raining, but fear not! I have a Mopnado, thanks to you–another inspiration! Ha!” (You’ll find the Mopnado Mary Anne mentions here: Mopnado.)

Screened Porch with Sill, Ledge for Plants


Mary Anne continued, “I picked all-weather, locking flooring planks because I didn’t want bugs to come up between spaces like they do with a deck floor. The flooring is from a company called CaliBamboo, and I have recently noticed that it is now carried in Lowe’s and Home Depot, too. The color is called, Longshore Pine. I chose it specifically to go with my furniture cushions. I didn’t want to buy all new furniture.”

Screened Porch Dining


“The buffet table under the dining room windows is new, though. I saw that in a Grandin Road catalog and thought it would be perfect color-wise since it’s kind of a taupe-gray.”

Extend Your Living Space with a Screened Porch


“The recessed lights in the ceiling are dimmable, and the speed of the ceiling fan is controlled right on the wall switch. That was a new one to me. I have only had remote-controlled ceiling fans up to that point.”

Screened Porch with room for dining


“There is some ugly metal flashing that runs along the top of the sliding door since that door used to be an “exterior” door. We couldn’t remove it without it turning into another big fill/paint project, so I decided to get some garland at Michael’s and covered the flashing with that.”

Screened Porch with Cozy Seating Area


“You can also see that I bought sprigs of greenery at Michaels and wired two together to make individual sprays for the wider dividers between screens. I thought it needed a little splash of color up there against all that white.”

Beautiful Screened Porch with high ceiling


Mary Anne ended her e-mail by saying, “So, thank you for being such an inspiration!” Mary Anne, thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photos and all these great tips regarding how you designed your wonderful screened porch. No doubt, you’ve provided tons of inspiration to those who have been thinking about adding on a screen porch to their home!

Screened Porch with room for dining


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  1. I’d love to see more before and during photos of Mary Anne’s screened in porch, especially the roof line and how did it all connect. Thanks!

  2. What a difference. So much more usable, now. I like the shingled wall. It gives the space an extra homey feel and provides a nice contrast. I bet MaryAnn will get a lot more use out of that space now. I know I would! Thanks for sharing, you two.

  3. I would call that a destination porch–the go-to place for morning coffee, afternoon wine, evening dessert etc. And in the winter, the best spot for hot cocoa. So well done.

  4. franki parde says

    “OUT(door)STANDING!! You just increased house value as well as your space available…that’s a mult-‘win-win!! Well done!! franki

  5. Well.! I love this redo. I too would like to see exterior photos and roofline photos. While we love our redone deck, it is south facing and in Colorado that makes it almost unusable. I would love to screen in the upper part

  6. such a beautiful transformation! Love seeing all the photos. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful July 4th week.

  7. Mary Anne’s porch looks beautiful, she is going to enjoy it so much! Thanks Susan~

  8. Beautiful! The furniture is lovely. I love sitting in my 3 season porch. If the winter weather is not to cold, I use a space heater to take the chill from the air.

    • Lovely work!! I am curious about the standing lamp. Is it an ‘outdoor lamp? Perfect reading spot!

  9. Thanks again for hosting this lovely party every week! I know how much time goes into doing so and I want you to know that it is greatly appreciated!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  10. Porch is gorgeous ! No photos, but that is what we did with our deck on the home we built in 1991. After a few years we transformed it into a screen porch. When we built a home in 2007 we did the screen porch right away. Downsizing and moving to this apartment…one of the key things was that it had a screened patio. Love it! Thanks for all the inspiration….looking to rearrange the furniture on our patio after seeing these photos.

  11. Love this porch. Was just mentioning to my husband this morning that we really should put a roof over the deck between the house and garage. It would be so nice! Great job.

  12. Cyndy Cook says

    Hi Susan,
    What email address for you can I use to try to keep Gmail from sending your posts to my Promotions folder? It is so annoying! 😀

  13. Wow! Mary Anne and her contractor did a fantastic job of making her screened porch so similar to yours, Susan! It really looks great. I’m sure she’s glad that job is finished, and still it’s really just the beginning of summer in CT, so that was actually good timing.
    I’ve excavated much of my vintage and antique purse collections and sharing a part of those, one of which is a great before and after restoration of a WWI beaded bag.
    Have a great week, however you celebrate freedom!

  14. Am I missing something? I followed your link to Instagram but there were very few posts and nothing recent.

  15. Thanks so much for hosting!! Have a great week!

  16. What a pretty porch. I wish we had one in a good spot. We have western exposure, and we don’t use.

  17. Dawnemarie says

    What a beautiful porch! MaryAnne done a great job. All the precious touches too! Adds value and peaceful tranquility.

  18. Kathy Beeston-Downs says

    Would you mind if I send you my Halloween tablescape when I set it up?
    Also what I do with my kitchen cabinets.

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