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John McManus

Mid-sized coastal screened-in back porch idea in Other with decking —  Houzz
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lisabl wrote:May 23, 2012
  • lefty47
    HI -- Think you need bigger posts further apart. As for the flooring , you will need to put down some plywood to keep the bugs out and I think a good quality out door carpet would be better than tiles. That's what we did over twenty years ago and it still looks great with no problems.We are working at screening it in soon too. We love to sit out and watch the rain etc. in the summer and we are going to add a heater for the cool nights.
  • lisabl
    I agree - bigger posts further apart will definitely improve the looks of my porch. I also like the idea of putting down plywood if I go with carpet again. I want my porch to reflect a dressed up yet relaxed nature - I am tired of the cabin-at-the-lake look (rough). I love my porch too - as do my cats and dogs. We all enjoy relaxing outdoors with no bugs to contend with. It's wonderful. Thank you for your input. This site is really helpful with people giving their ideas and input from experience.
Chrystyna Alexander wrote:Apr 11, 2013
  • PRO

    There are roll down solutions like Phantom Screen., but what I think of is the classic Sunroom- operable windows from floor to ceiling and screens. Perhaps push-out casement windows and pull-down screens would be the most elegant solution.

  • Chrystyna Alexander
    Sarah Gould, we did a lot of research but as of yet have not done anything. The view is so beautiful and we do have large sliders on the front of the house. So when it is real window, we stay indoors and look out the large glass front.
    Everything else was too expensive.
lakeq wrote:Apr 15, 2012
  • Sue Cochran
    Try looking at They have some great designs and you can work with the owners to customize the colors and style to meet your needs.
  • marisaarceneaux has handmade swings with great rope and cushion options.

Yvonne wrote:Jun 15, 2013
  • PRO

    Oooo... cost per square foot... there really is no "normal" for that, all architects and builders with experience in high quality work cringe when asked because those who don't do the highest quality work will always insist it can be done for less... and who are you going to believe, the person who quotes an "outrageous" number or the one who tells you what you'd like to believe is true? There is so much that goes into a square foot cost that you don't see, you can't compare apples unless you know what's in the builder's quote. For example, the flooring is 5/4 x 6 #1 kiln dried pressure treated pine with concealed fasteners, primed on all sides before installation, painted with high quality deck paint and sloped to drain.. that's way beyond how most decks are constructed. My guess is that it's 3 times more expensive than 1x6 spaced decking. Other things you see in the photo are of similar quality. We have the ability to design to budgets and most of our clients, if they take the time to let us explain the difference, understand that there is a big difference in common construction materials and techniques and what you'd want to have in your house if you knew about the difference. I've found most people have tuned out by this stage and what they hear is "...blah, blah, blah, these guys are way too expensive!" (Sorry to rant.)

    As a rule of thumb, screen porches generally run from 50% to 75% of the cost of the heated square footage of the rest of the house.

  • bellinghambythebay

    Awesome information! Thank you for taking the time to explain!

bernadette wrote:Jan 8, 2012
  • Alan Clark
    Appalachian Woodwrights in NC can make custom wood doors like these,
  • PRO
    They're 8 feet tall and 2 1/4" thick mahogany doors with insulated glass "simulated divided lite"* and a (real) bronze threshold.

    * 2 panes of glass with wood muntins on each side and a spacer bar in between so you get a reasonably close resemblance to a "true divided lite" door.
89vette wrote:Feb 14, 2016
  • 89vette

    Thank you. I cannot tell from the picture. Are they manual shooter bolts on the right door and then just a mortise lock on the active (left) door? I have a custom 8' french entry door on a home I'm building. I cannot find a 3 point lock for the active door that is not lever activated. These doors have knobs so that is why interested me plus it's a beautiful door.

  • PRO

    It's been quite a while since we did this... forgive me for being foggy on the details. Check with the guys I check with-

fsattar wrote:Mar 24, 2013
  • kmbsummer
    love the porch swing...any information you can provide on that swing?
  • PRO
    The interior designer provided the swing. I've seen several similar on line with a rope hanging option.
tptrahan wrote:Dec 2, 2012
  • Brea Albritton

    Do you recall what these doors cost?

  • PRO

    No, I don't remember what the cost is. We've found them to be competitive with good quality doors from Kolbe and Marvin.

hbell305 wrote:Aug 24, 2012
  • Kathy Allen
    What about the chairs through the doors?
  • PRO
    Carolyn and the owner selected all of the furniture. You could try contacting her. :)
lexb26 wrote:Dec 8, 2015
  • PRO

    They're made by Stewart Brannen Millworks and are price competitive with good quality french doors from "major" manufacturers like Kolbe and Marvin.

  • PRO
    ETO Doors

    Any door that has glass panels are considered a
    French Doors and you can buy French

lhlines wrote:Feb 16, 2015
klogan1808 wrote:Jul 25, 2014
  • PRO
    This, I believe, is sea grass without a backing. I can imagine all sorts of problems a foam backing might create on a porch.
  • Susan Craig Chatelain

    Who is the manufacturer of the rockers?

loosecats wrote:May 22, 2013
  • PRO
    Either the interior designer or the owner supplied it. I don't have any information on it.
  • sharonsuchon
    go to
Merri wrote:Mar 6, 2015
  • PRO

    Thank you! A 12ft wide porch let's you have a furniture grouping, here the porch swing, without feeling crowded

lhlines wrote:Feb 16, 2015
  • PRO

    Sorry, an very old question I missed. :( Rocky Mountain Hardware

jlp9006 wrote:Nov 13, 2014
  • PRO
    The floor paint is Northern Cliffs (BM 1536) by Benjamin Moore.
yiayiakitty wrote:Aug 4, 2014
  • PRO
    You'll need to ask the interior designer- It is pretty close to the wall, it's meant for gentle rocking. I was surprised to see it (I had expected a couch). But it's pretty close to perfect ... for the porch, the view, the client's aesthetic. A great interior designer makes a huge difference!
skooz wrote:May 5, 2013
  • PRO
    Sorry I missed your question. These are Marvin double hung windows with 3 ft. tall fixed transoms above.
lbmurrow wrote:Oct 27, 2012
  • PRO
    These are mahogany and made locally by Brannen Milworks.
jesscavanagh wrote:Oct 16, 2012
  • PRO
    Interior Designer: Carolyn Hultman Interior Design, Savannah, GA; may be able to help you. I just found this message in a secret Houzz Repository of unanswered questions, 21 MONTHS! :(
phillyfeet wrote:Oct 11, 2012
  • PRO
    From wall to railing is 11'-4", a nice size that will allow you to furnish it as an exterior room.
rdarby wrote:Jul 21, 2012
  • PRO
    The doors are mahogany and the stain is (I believe) Rez "mahogany".
jerrigoodman wrote:Mar 1, 2012
  • PRO
    The interior designer, Carolyn Hultman might know.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Bryan Anthony added this to How to Secure Your French DoorsMay 1, 2018

Why Is It Hard to Secure French Doors?French doors are difficult to secure for several reasons, involving the following weak spots:When French doors open outward, the hinges are exposed on the outside. This means anyone can remove the pins and take the doors off the hinges.Traditional wood French doors have many small panes of glass. The panes are only held in place by short, decorative pieces of molding called muntins. This design is attractive but it can be weak. In many newer metal doors, the muntins are just decorative metal grids placed over single large panes of glass. Because French doors have large glass areas, they leave no place to put locks out of reach of mischievous hands. No matter where the lock is, a burglar can break or cut the glass and reach inside to unlock the door. Double French doors are vulnerable where the two doors come together in the middle. There is generally only an overlap of molding where the doors meet. If the doors open into the room, this weak spot makes them extremely easy to kick in.

Victoria Villeneuve added this to Elements of the Classic Southern PorchApr 28, 2018

An even easier way to extend your porch time with atmospheric lighting is by using hurricane lanterns — candles protected by glass chimneys. They’re useful during storms too.Floor paint: Northern Cliffs, Benjamin Moore; browse hurricane candleholders

Lawrence Karol added this to Expert Talk: Porch Swings Sway Into Sweet LifeMay 23, 2012

Take a tip from the South. What does every Southern porch need? "A swing, a glass of sweet tea and a dog," declares Rick Clanton of Group 3, in South Carolina. "If that's not the answer to almost any question, it should be."

What Houzzers are commenting on:

katy rollo added this to 244 Aurora7 days ago

Back porch with rockers and attached screen porch

sallyj26 added this to Porch FurnitureJul 10, 2019

I like that this isn't matchy matchy, swing may be nice but not as primary seating

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