Three-Season Screened Porch & Deck Addition: The Plan and Construction

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When we bought our home, we dreamed of adding a screened porch and deck addition we could use most months of the year, including windows that converted to screens and composite decking so that it will be maintenance free for years to come. We’re thrilled to share the design plan, construction process, and soon the big reveal!

Love porches? Catch the inviting screened porch and deck ideas that inspired us here and if you’re with us for the first time, here’s a tour of our new construction home right before we moved in.

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The ‘Before’

We always knew we wanted a screened porch and deck, but we opted not to add one on while building our home because we wanted full control of the design. Plus, the screened porch in the model home was tiny and didn’t meet our needs, and we knew we’d be paying a premium if we upgraded because the builder would get a huge cut. Instead, we scouted out a local company and hired an architect to draw up the plans and are super happy we went that route.

Here’s what our deck looked before we started construction, as you can see it was tricky to plan with the roofline and various rooms jutting off the back:

deck

The deck that came with the house was tiny and didn’t match the exterior, with barely enough room to put a table and a grill and still have space to walk across to the stairs leading to the yard. Certainly not enough room to entertain or play a round of beer pong. I mean, IF we were the type of people to play beer pong.

deck with table

The deck stairs awkwardly protruded into the only part of our yard with enough square footage for playing and running, and was in an inconvenient spot.

deck with stairs

With that in mind, we created our screened porch ‘wish list’ for the architect:

  • enough room to fit an outdoor sectional and dining table in the screened area, plus a deck for the grill
  • three season windows we could close during winter and pollen season and open to screens during warmer weather
  • composite decking for long-term investment and making it maintenance free
  • we wanted ALL THE SUNLIGHT both in the porch and in our home, so no covering exterior windows
  • use as little yard space as possible

The Screened Porch Design Plan

We walked the area with the architect and discussed various ways to handle the uneven exterior and roofline. After a few iterations, we came up with a plan that included using less yard space, getting tons of sunlight, and maximizing the space for entertaining and relaxing. Here’s the proposed view as you look at the back of our home, notice how we had the porch go right up to the edge of the kitchen windows to create as much porch space as possible without blocking the interior sunlight:

screened porch plans

Here’s how it looks if viewing from the right hand side– this is the biggest wall full of windows and a door to the porch, plus the deck and stairs:

screened porch plans

Choosing the Deck and Railing Colors

I agonized a bit about the color of the deck and railings because THAT’S WHAT I DO. I’m chronically indecisive. In the end, I went with light gray composite decking because it was the least expensive color, matched well with our exterior, and wouldn’t get burning hot in the sun like darker colors. While black railings and spindles are a popular design choice in our area, we decided on gray for a classic New England look and also to hide the EZE Breeze window rails which would also be white. Here’s a photo from the Timbertek gallery to show a similar combo:

white and gray deck

During the entire process I kept hoping I’d made the right choice, and when it finally started to come together, it was perfect! It encompassed the coastal resort feeling we really wanted.

The Construction

Finally, it was time to get started with the construction! They demo-ed the previous deck boards but kept the framing. Then, they poured new footers and added onto the existing framing.

porch and deck framing

It’s a bit hard to see, but here’s something we REALLY wanted: screening UNDER the flooring! This prevents bugs from climbing through the cracks in the deck boards, and ensures a critter-free environment.

screened porch

Then the framing starting going up for the walls and roof:

screened porch framing

After the footers and supports were added and framing completed, the roof, shingles, and deck boards were installed. They added beadboard on the ceiling to be painted white, and added electrical. We made sure to get enough lighting and outlets installed to make this room comfy!

beadboard ceiling

Then the magic really started happening when they wrapped the lumber and got ready to measure for the EZE Breeze windows.

porch construction

porch and deck construction sideview

All our anxiety starting going away as our dream room materialized!

screened porch

farmhouse style ceiling fan

The last step was the hardest… waiting! Since the EZE Breeze screens were custom ordered, the builders needed to install everything before measuring for the windows.. which then took 6 weeks to arrive.

Even though we didn’t have screens, I couldn’t help myself and had to start decorating. After I rolled out the rug I snapped a quick pic with my iPhone:

screened porch with gray deck boards and white railing

Next up: THE REVEAL! I’ll share how it looks now, with the three-season screens/windows installed, furniture, and decor. I’ll tell you one thing– we’ve spent more time on this porch than in the house once those screens went it. It’s the perfect napping area and we’ve caught ourselves living our best lives in this very spot. It was well worth the months of waiting to have it come to fruition. I’m so excited to show it to you… soon. 😉

Do you have any questions about the plan or the construction process? I’ll do my best to answer them in the comments!

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18 Comments

  1. Hi Carrie — I am very interested in having this type of patio for our new home that we are building now. Do the windows and screens go inside or outside of your railing? We will have a similar railing since our patio is 4′ off the ground. I’m just trying to figure out if it will be best to have the screens on the outside of the rail or not. I spoke with EZE-Breeze already and these vinyl windows can also work with existing screens. I live in SC and we need to use screens that will keep out bugs called “No See Ems”. I love this system you posted for keeping the pollen out. That is the worse part about a screened porch in the South. Thank you for your post — I had no idea about vinyl porch windows.

  2. Looks beautiful! We just added our screen porch last fall so LOVED having it this summer. We still have other landscaping projects to tackle next summer but I’m just so content having the porch. Enjoy it!

  3. I love the screened i.n porch. I had one built for my 96 year old dad so he could enjoy the outside. He got sick and was admitted to the hospital then died before it was finished. It was weathered by the storm and I was on the verge of tearing it down, but looking at these rooms make me want to restore it in my dad’s honor.

  4. When will you post the reveal? We are planning a similar room and what you have done is exactly what we want to do!

  5. Hi. I love your sunroom! We are currently in the planning stage of a sunroom addition and we are planning to use eze breeze windows, also. Can you please tell me the dimensions of your sunroom? Thanks.

  6. Was wondering the cost of this. We are just in the beginning stages of trying to decide what we want to do to our deck area

    1. The cost will vary significantly by state and cost of living in the area as well as timing. Unfortunately we did ours right after a hurricane when building supplies were hard to find. I know supply chain issues are a problem right now, but lumber prices have come down a bit, so timing it right definitely impacts the cost.

  7. Whay are the dimensions of your new porch? We have a screened porch currently but want to enlarge. The size of your porch seems just right.

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