2. Make it colorful. One of the great advantages of using wood for a screen door is that it can be painted as you'd like. So go ahead and paint the door the same color as the trim so the color ties all of that nice detail together.
3. Make it fun. The screen door doesn't have to be all squares and rectangles. How about some patterns and cutouts? A carpenter or woodworker could make something like this for you.
4. Make it a double. Screen doors can be double doors too, especially when they're part of the entire porch. Just be careful and use some extra reinforcing, like a cable rail, to keep these doors from sagging and warping.
Whether at the line of the porch wall or the house wall, a double screen door will certainly keep the interior light, bright, fresh and bug free.
5. Let it retract. Maybe not so much a door in the conventional sense, these screen panels retract up into the structure, and the tracks are incorporated neatly. They're a well-thought-out solution when there are multiple screen panels.
6. Make it a combo. A screen panel in the warm weather can easily give way to a glass panel when it's cold outside. This keeps the screen door useful all year round.
7. Match the entry door. Don't hide some of the nice features of the main door. Instead, make sure the structure (stiles and rails) of the screen door line up with those in the main door.
8. Let things slide. A screen door doesn't have to be hinged. In fact, there will be a number of situations when you'll want that screen door to slide to the side — something that's easily done with an overhead track.
9. Make it metal. Whether you have a wrought metal door made or ...
... you repurpose a salvaged wrought iron gate, a screen door such as this will add beauty and security to your home while keeping it bug free.