A Screened Porch Addition For Dining, Relaxing & Enjoying The Garden

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.”

Add On A Screened Porch To Home


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.” 

Screened Porch Addition for Home


Susan and Mark chose Trexx decking in the “Treehouse” color for the porch floor. It looks great and is super low maintenance!

Vintage Rattan Furniture for Screened Porch


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.

Rattan Porch Furniture


Love the view! How wonderful would it be to sit here and look out on the garden!

Red Cushions for Screened In Porch


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.

French Doors to Screened Porch


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! πŸ˜‰

Cats Love A Screened Porch


Susan found this beautiful rug in Pier 1. I love it and it looks like I’m not alone!

Rug for Screened Porch


Colorful Rug for Porch


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.

Screened Porch Addition for Home


If you’ve added on a porch to your home, I would love to see it! Email me 5-10 large, clear pictures ([email protected]) 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

Screened Porch Lit Up with Lamplight

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  1. Oh, happy days! You will enjoy your new porch so much…we live in ours and especially love being “outside” in the rain!

  2. Several years ago we add a covered porch onto our house. We use it all the time. Even in winter we go out with blankets and sip hot cocoa while watching the snow. In summer we thrill to see the hummingbirds. We even had a nest under the eaves for about 6 years. this year we also redid our floors with composite decking and I must say it is the best investment ever. We love it and it looks beautiful.

    Love your blog, Susan. I have been following you for a long time and never tire of your creativity. So excited for your trip to Italy. Have fun.

  3. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Aw, that’s great! So glad Susan and Mark took the plunge and built their porch. Doesn’t that make you feel good, Miss BNOTP? You got credit for being their inspiration! That’s awesome. And the porch looks so inviting. This is a “must have” for our next house. We could use it most of the year and every season would be wonderful, I know.

    Thanks to all of you for sharing the pics. It looks great!

  4. Hello Susan-we built our screened porch about two years ago, and absolutely love it. Here in the Midwest, it is just warming up to porch season! We are having some work done on our adjoining patio in the coming week or so, and I will be cleaning and opening up the porch once that is complete. I will send photos once I have the porch ready for the season. I wish I would have found your site before we built, as it definitely would have been a wonderful inspiration!

  5. Linda Page says

    What a compliment to you and BNOTP that your porch was Susan’s inspiration!! That little feather will look nice in your cap! Her porch turned out wonderful. I bet her cats want to lounge out there all of the time. It looks so relaxing and her wicker furniture is beautiful. This is something they will enjoy for a very long time. You are such a good influence on us groupies!!!!

  6. What a great way to expand your living space and the furniture is a great find. I never seem to have that kind of luck. (Maybe it is not luck – Maybe I just don’t know how to do that.) πŸ™‚

  7. Adding our screened porch was the best thing we have done in this house yet (and we have done a lot). There was no place to just “be” before, and now I spend as much time as possible out there. Your porch inspired me, too, although mine looks nothing like yours or this one. My two favorite times of the day are very early morning, listening to the birds, and in the evening, listening to the crickets chirp and watching the lightening bugs.

  8. Awe; there’s nothing better than a screened in porch with a bunch of sweet kitty cats!!!!

    It looks fantastic!

  9. When I saw the “summer breeze” sign in the first picture, I thought you’d gotten new furniture for your porch!

    Beautiful job!

  10. pepermintpatty says

    I honestly luv your porch, we have a great cape cod style porch, but it is not screened, and the dust and leaves keep blowing in. I think I am going to do screens. I am thinking your screened porch belongs to the cats–they really enjoy it.

  11. Mary from Virginia says

    LOVE Susan’s Pennsylvania porch. It looks LOVELY and relaxing. The cats are proof of that. What a great find on the furniture AND I want that little rocker she has sitting near the double french doors. πŸ™‚

    beautiful job, and way to go YOU, Susan for inspiring her porch. Another great BNOTP post!

  12. Hi Susan! Thank you for sharing with us Susan and Mark’s screened porch. It looks wonderful and how nice to know yours was the inspiration. Your porch is so lovely! Thanks for popping in to see me and I do hope you’re doing well. I’m so happy for you that you’ll be seeing your little grandchild. I know you’ll cherish your time.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  13. Kudos to you Susan! I would love to screen in our back porch. I have to say with the many varities of bugs especially with the cicadas that my grandog is feasting on it would be great to separate myself from nature just a wee bit more. The loud crunch he makes chewing them is reason enough to not go outside now!

  14. Where could I find that beautiful summer breeze sign ?? Or the stencil ?
    Thanks !

  15. Oooohhhh! I love that too! Thanks so much , now I may want blue….lol.
    Now, I’m emailing them to see if they deliver to Canada.
    Thanks for the help ….. And I really like your site!

    • Thanks, Linda! I just heard back from Susan and she said her Summer Breeze sign is “old cottage white with blue letters.”

  16. Well Susan you apparently inspired many pf us Pennsylvania gals with your porch. My Pennsylvania porch story is the same as Susan’s. We had the same issue with builders until we asked the concrete contractors who we hired to replace our driveway. He is awesome and came with a very reasonable price so we figured that he must hang out with similar type contractors. Turns out we were right. He recommended a builder and we just loved him. I used ideas I got from you and he built our 11 x 22 screened in beauty. I even have the same Hunter ceiling fans that you have. Like Susan in PA, my four fur kids love their porch! Thanks for sharing Susan’s story!

  17. What a beautiful porch, and I can tell that Susan in PA was inspired by BNOTP. Screened porches really don’t work well in the inferno known as Phoenix AZ. We don’t have a problem with flying insects (the intense dry heat kills them off) and sitting outside after dark when the temperature exceeds 105 degrees isn’t pleasant. But I can live vicariously through you all ! :0)

  18. Great post! There is nothing more peaceful than a wonderful porch in my opinion! Enjoy! Enjoy! I love my country porch on my farm! I have been very blessed! I appreciate it! Love the cats enjoying it too! Ahhhh! Animals are truly little heavenly creatures sent to us from God!

  19. Linda S. in NE says

    The new porch you featured on today’s post really is a beauty. I must say though, it wouldn’t be half as nice without those furbabies laying around enjoying themselves. Real beauties.

  20. I’m so glad you told us where she got that rug.mI LOVE IT!!! I’m going to check our their website pronto.

    I’m typing this while sitting in our screened in porch. I don’t know what I would do without it. When the weather is nice, it’s my favorite place to be. Unlike most, it’s located in the front of the house. We had a deck added two years ago in the back with trex treehouse also and we are so happy with it, and I do wish part of that was screened in as that is where we eat if it’s nice, but it wasn’t in the budget.

  21. Anita Porter says

    I’m am doing I three season porch at my home and I was wondering about the summer breeze sign did you buy it did you make it ? thank you Anita

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