Bringing the Outdoors In
Bringing the Outdoors In
Concerns about bug-borne illnesses and overexposure to sun have boosted the appeal of the screened porch, which offers a protected, front-row seat to nature.
Beachy Is Best
Home owners in Silver Beach, N.J., asked for a screened porch that would capture the beautiful ocean views and breezes. Architect Richard Bubnowski decided to build the porch on the southeast corner of the house so the space could take full advantage of the natural light. It is also conveniently located at beach level so friends and neighbors can stop by for an informal visit.
A Sleep Retreat
From day one of the design process, Richard Bubnowski’s client in Spring Lake, N.J., asked that a sleeping porch be incorporated in the home’s design. The porch was located at the quietest part of the property and by taking full advantage of the sun, this space can be used year round. The firm also designed the bed that hangs from the structure above.
Porches in Disguise
This home, designed by Orren Pickell Design Group in Lake Geneva, Wis., uses retractable screens on the French doors leading to the two rear decks. They’re clad in eye-popping red to match the windows.
Cozy Cabin Life
Lands End Development highlights favorite Minnesota pastimes in its designs. The floor-to-ceiling screens open the vistas wide but still keep out the bugs. And fireplaces keep the rooms cozy as temperatures dip since most of its homes are located in northern Minnesota.
Situated at the confluence of Hog Pen Creek and Lake Austin, the home owners envisioned this house as a place that would connote the playfulness of summer on a lake and emphasize exterior living space. They have a choice of two screened porches, one detached from the home. Design by Lake/Flato Architects.
Ranch Sprawl and a Screened Porch “Wing”
Nestled in near two creeks on a Texas Hill Country ranch, the Mill Springs home provides a water’s edge retreat with three different structures organized around the site of a 20th century dam. The screened porch is located in an L-shaped guest wing, flanking two additional bedrooms. Design by Lake/Flato Architects.
River Living Sans Mosquitoes
This new planned community on the banks of the Illinois River includes a mix of different housing choices. A full 80 percent of the condos and town homes they’ve built so far have a screened porch, both in an effort to appeal to the nostalgia of relaxing on the porch and to keep bugs away.
Black, White, and Breezy
A screened porch in Dallas, which has gone through several iterations, now shows its fancier side. Home owner Misty Quinn and her architect, Will Snyder of Boerder-Snyder Architects, worked together to match the porch’s design elements to the home’s interior look.
Sleek and Practical
This screened porch in a Chicago suburb was designed by architect Allan J. Grant as part of a new addition to an existing home. It was designed to be practical and inviting and fit the look of other rooms in the house with its large format porcelain tiles, exposed brick walls, and rough-hewn wood-clad beams. The wood-burning ceiling-suspended fireplace, called “Fireorb,” can rotate to orient toward different seating groups. The ceiling fan is from The Modern Fan Company.