screened porch or extension
The most high-tech option will let you screen when you need to and keep things open when you don't. These screens are motorized and hide in the ceiling when not in use.
Screens. Alright, this one is a no-brainer. One tip that's not so obvious: Screen underneath the porch as well, so the little buggers won't crawl up from underneath.
An $8 estate-sale room divider, a $5 door from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore, spare lumber, spray paint and a twin-size mattress make up this sturdy swing chair. Zaeske assembled the pieces, and her contractor brought it to life. One of the homeowners starts every day with coffee, her laptop and this hanging swing.
The family of four eats dinner out here every summer night. Natural Pottery Barn curtains soften the lines and give the porch the finished feel of a living room.
10. Cool down. If the sun and heat are keeping you from enjoying your porch as much as you could, an outdoor ceiling fan or a set of outdoor drapes could help. Bonus: The moving air from a fan can help discourage mosquitoes, too.
11. Create a cozy spot for two. Instead of letting it sit unused, fill that small nook or awkward corner with a pair of chairs and a small table. Bring out coffee in the morning, a book and iced tea in the afternoon, or a nosh and a glass of wine as the sun dips in the evening.
7. Display summer gear. Prop up that surfboard, screw in a few hooks to hang wet beach towels on and toss sandals in a basket by the door. By giving your most frequently used summer items a home, you will make things easier on yourself and create instant decor.
5. Hang a porch swing. Just looking at a porch swing invites relaxation. And swinging on one while daydreaming on a summer afternoon is even better. Be sure to get help safely hanging your swing so it has the proper support.