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Screened-In Porch Ideas

Screen Porches
Screen Porches
Core Outdoor Living
Screened Porch with Prefinished Pine Ceiling Below Rafters and Black Trim. Composite Deck Flooring underneath.
Inspiration for a large timeless screened-in back porch remodel in DC Metro with decking and a roof extension
Kenneth Lynch & Associates AIA
Kenneth Lynch & Associates AIA
Kenneth Lynch & Associates AIA
Mid-sized classic tile screened-in back porch idea in Atlanta with a roof extension
Porches & Screened Porches
Porches & Screened Porches
Synergy Outdoor
Mid-sized elegant screened-in back porch photo in Atlanta
Tudor Style Screened Porch Addition
Tudor Style Screened Porch Addition
Meadowlark Design+Build
The newly added screened porch looks like it has always been there. The arch and screen details mimic the original design of the covered back entry. Design and construction by Meadowlark Design + Build in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photography by Joshua Caldwell.
Screened Porch & Danver Outdoor Kitchen in Bethesda
Screened Porch & Danver Outdoor Kitchen in Bethesda
Design Builders, Inc.
Michael Ventura
This is an example of a large traditional screened-in back porch design in DC Metro with decking and a roof extension.
Virginia Road
Virginia Road
Long and Long Design
Classic screened-in porch idea in Birmingham
Living Room
Living Room
Loloi Rugs
Inspiration for a mediterranean screened-in porch remodel in Dallas
Irene Creek
Irene Creek
Johnston Design Group
This is an example of a coastal screened-in porch design in Other with a roof extension.
new detached screened porch
new detached screened porch
Lewis Greenspoon Architects
This is an example of a contemporary screened-in back porch design in Detroit.
Homes in Brookstone
Homes in Brookstone
Cowan & Associates / Keller Williams
This is an example of a rustic screened-in back porch design in Atlanta with decking and a roof extension.
Hilltop
Hilltop
Cushman Design Group
Photo Credit: Susan Teare
This is an example of a rustic screened-in porch design in Burlington.
Homestead Farm
Homestead Farm
Beautiful Chaos Interior Design & Styling
Inspiration for a mid-sized country screened-in side porch remodel in Minneapolis
Dream Home | Fall 2018 Parade of Homes | Reverence
Dream Home | Fall 2018 Parade of Homes | Reverence
Homes by Tradition
Spacecrafting
Beach style screened-in back porch idea in Minneapolis with a roof extension and decking
Minneapolis Outdoor Addition and Upper Level Remodel
Minneapolis Outdoor Addition and Upper Level Remodel
MA Peterson Designbuild, Inc.
Our Minneapolis homeowners chose to embark on the new journey of retirement with a freshly remodeled home. While some retire in pure peace and quiet, our homeowners wanted to make sure they had a welcoming spot to entertain; A seasonal porch that could be used almost year-round. The original home, built in 1928, had French doors which led down stairs to the patio below. Desiring a more intimate outdoor place to relax and entertain, MA Peterson added the seasonal porch with large scale ceiling beams. Radiant heat was installed to extend the use into the cold Minnesota months, and metal brackets were used to create a feeling of authenticity in the space. Surrounded by cypress-stained AZEK decking products and finishing the smooth look with fascia plugs, the hot tub was incorporated into the deck space. Interiors by Brown Cow Design. Photography by Alyssa Lee Photography.
Expansive Cape Home
Expansive Cape Home
Michael Hally Design, Inc
Michael Hally
Mid-sized classic screened-in back porch idea in Boston with decking and a roof extension
Veu de Vie Porch and Gazebo
Veu de Vie Porch and Gazebo
Design Group Collaborative
Design Group Collaborative
Small trendy screened-in front porch photo in Portland Maine with decking and a roof extension
Campbell Residence
Campbell Residence
seventy2architects llc
Janine Lamontagne Photography
Small arts and crafts screened-in back porch idea in New York with decking and a roof extension
Summer Hill
Summer Hill
Gregg Homebuilding Company
Mid-sized elegant concrete screened-in back porch photo in Nashville with a roof extension
Quiet Creek Cottage
Quiet Creek Cottage
Custom Design/Build, Inc.
This is an example of a rustic screened-in porch design in Grand Rapids with decking.
Sun Porch
Sun Porch
Design & Build Remodelers
Interior Day/Night and Exterior Day
Large classic screened-in back porch idea in Cedar Rapids with decking and a roof extension

A screened-in porch creates an extension of your indoor living area while providing the feeling of being outdoors. While you sit protected from pests and bugs, the gentle breeze can still pass through the fine screening to keep you comfortably enjoying the fresh air. To make a perfect enclosed indoor-outdoor living space of your own, check out these unique screened porch lighting, flooring, furniture and decor ideas to build one you’ll never want to leave.

Create the Perfect Setting

Aside from the obvious elements necessary for a functional design, like screening and seating, there are plenty of extras that can take your porch to the next level and have it feeling like a second living room. Here are a few additions that will quickly make your screened-in patio everyone’s favorite hangout spot:

  • Fireplace: Bring the roar of a fire to your screen porch so you can enjoy it year round, not just during the warm summer months. Kids and adults alike will be thrilled to bundle up and watch the flames.
  • Dining table: Create your own al fresco dining space without the nuisance of pesky bugs by adding a dining table and chairs. You won’t have to worry about keeping your food and drinks covered!
  • Plants: Just because you’re technically inside doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with outdoor elements. Create your own forest, jungle or desert with plants galore — they will love the fresh air! If floor space is tight, try hanging baskets for a similar effect.
  • TV: Take your entertainment “outdoors” by installing a TV. Since it will be in an enclosed area it should be protected from the weather, but it may be smart to invest in an outdoor-specific TV just in case
  • Surround sound: Complement a TV and make movie night even more special with a surround sound system in your enclosed porch, or simply use it to pump your favorite tunes throughout the space.
  • Window treatments: Make your screened-in patio feel more inviting with window treatments, like curtains or shades. Both can provide shade and/or privacy when you want it, as well as adding a touch of style.
  • Swing: To experience ultimate relaxation, invest in a porch swing. If you aren’t able to hang anything from the ceiling, look for a gliding type; even a few rocking chairs will get the job done.
  • Skylights: Depending on the direction your room is facing, it may not get as much light as you’d prefer. Installing skylights is one way to create a bright space without knocking down any walls.
  • Hot tub: Get the benefits of a late night soak without having to run across the yard in your swimsuit. Put a hot tub right on your screened porch or deck to enjoy easy access to its soothing warmth.
  • Ceiling fan: When the breeze just won’t cut it, a ceiling fan can provide the air flow you need. Keep your porch cool by circulating the air with an overhead fan that’s both stylish and functional.

Get the Right Screen for Your Enclosed Porch

The porch screen you choose can mean the difference of keeping bugs out or letting them sneak in, depending on the area you live in. The size of the screen, or mesh, you choose will determine what does, or doesn’t, get through. Common screen mesh used on porches is 18 x 14, meaning 14 openings in one direction and 18 openings in the other direction per square inch. 20 x 20 mesh is slightly tighter and keeps out smaller bugs, like those pesky no-see-ums. Here are the most common screening materials:

  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Copper
  • Fiberglass
  • Stainless Steel
  • Vinyl-coated polyester (also called pet screen)

Some screen mesh materials, like brass, are not suitable for coastal areas, while others, like aluminum, bronze and stainless steel are not affected by marine climates. Fiberglass and vinyl-coated polyester are both great for all climates, however fiberglass is easily torn and vinyl-coated polyester is rather strong, making it ideal for pets and kids. Choose mesh for your screened-in porch according to your budget, climate and functionality.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a porch renovation or are building a designer porch from scratch, Houzz has 8,493 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Johnston Design Group and Design Group Collaborative. Look through porch pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a porch design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful porch photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.