What Are the Seasonal Benefits of Screened Porches?

Whether you’re living in the moment or looking ahead to fall, the sultry days of summer present the perfect time to add a screened porch. This special kind of outdoor room will become an extension of your home and, at the same time, a treasured “getaway” spot. It will likely become your favorite room! New Englanders who enjoy watching—and feeling—the seasons change find that a screened porch provides a perfect front-row seat.

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The seasonal benefits of screened porches don’t end with summer and fall. Screened porches are also wonderful in the spring when you welcome the sweet warmth of the afternoon sun. Sitting on a porch and basking in the delightful springtime scents and sounds of the yard is something you can look forward to all winter.

Spring, summer, and fall, the benefits of a screened porch are constant even as they change with the seasons. The roof of your screened porch will protect you from spring’s sudden rain showers and the abundant summer sun. What about pesky insects? Dining al fresco is so much more enjoyable when you have screens to protect you from those flying pests. When fall brings waves of leaves and other debris to cover the ground, your screens will keep your porch interior debris-free.

Archadeck of Suburban Boston Custom Screened Porch Designs

At Archadeck of Suburban Boston, we have vast experience designing and building screened porches. That experience includes building porches from the ground up and converting decks to screened porches. Don’t think that having a deck will prevent you from adding a screened porch to your home, because that’s usually not the case. If you have a huge deck, you may even want to convert a portion into a screened porch and keep part open as a deck. With that arrangement, you gain the seasonal benefits of an open space and a protected space together.

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Don’t have a deck? We can design a deck -and-screened-porch combination for your home that will be the envy of your neighbors.

Screened porch design options are similar to those of a 3-season room or 3-season porch. You can read more about porch design options in our blog post, Make Your 3-Season Room Unique with a Variety of Design Options. Similarities include interior design elements like flooring, knee walls, and ceiling.

More Design Options for Screened Porch Additions

What’s the biggest difference between screened porch design and that of other outdoor room additions? Your screened porch design will include the specific type of screening that will best meet your needs.

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If your porch will receive an abundance of direct sunlight, we recommend sun blocking (shade) screens. These screens will filter out some of the heat that would otherwise come in with direct sunlight. If you have pets that tend to be rambunctious, you may be interested in pet screens. These heavy-duty screens resist damage a pet could cause when it barrels into the screen. They’re also useful if you have rowdy grandchildren!

When we design your screened porch, we’ll help you select the framing material—that’s what holds the screens together. Pressure-treated wood is a popular choice for the structural elements to which we attach the screening material. For a low-maintenance material—meaning it won’t need to be sanded and repainted—many of our clients choose aluminum or vinyl framing.

Can You Have Too Much Light on a Screened Porch?

As with 3-season and 4-season rooms, you may have the option for additional light and ventilation with a gable roof and cathedral ceiling on your porch. The higher your ceiling, the more airy and open your screened porch will feel. Within reason, of course!

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Skylights are also popular in screened porch designs. When we add a roofed structure onto your home, you may find that your adjoining interior room receives less natural light than before. Skylights can help mitigate that loss of natural light inside your kitchen or den—wherever we attach your screened porch.

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If you’ve been thinking about adding a screened porch to your home, the seasonal benefits are so great we encourage you to take action as soon as possible. When summer starts to fade, the beauty of fall in our state is best enjoyed on a screened porch custom designed for your home.

We at Archadeck of Suburban Boston offer professional design and build services for clients west and north of Boston. Over the past 27 years we have designed and built more than 950 projects. We have enhanced the depth of our expertise by limiting our work to decks, porches, sunrooms, and patios. To view more of these projects, visit our photo galleries. To learn how we treat our clients, check our ratings on Angie’s List or read about us in an article in Remodeling magazine. For a free design consultation and a relaxed and rewarding experience, contact us via e-mail, [email protected] or by phone, 781-273-3500.

Make Your 3-Season Room Unique with a Variety of Design Options

Three-season rooms or three-season porches – are they all alike? Absolutely not, especially those that Archadeck of Suburban Boston designs and builds for our clients in Essex and Middlesex Counties. We consider a wide variety of design options when we work with you to plan and build your new 3-season room. Through our collaborative design process, we focus on creating the look and feel you want for the interior and exterior of your outdoor room.

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As Summer Barrels Toward Fall, Let’s Build Your Three-Season Room

If you’ve been wanting to add a 3-season room to your home, this is the perfect time of year to turn your thoughts into actions. The brisk mornings and mild afternoons we enjoy in the fall are splendid when you have an outdoor room with lots of windows and screens.

Knowing you want a room lined with windows and screens, let’s consider those features as our starting point. From there, we’ll need to design the structure that holds the windows together. The many design options available will allow us to create an aesthetic you’ll love and to customize your 3-season room to suit your personal style.

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Three-season rooms can include windows, either glass or clear vinyl stacking windows that slide up. We design your 3-season room specifically to allow you to increase or decrease the amount of air flow through the room for your comfort. You can turn your outdoor room into a screened porch by removing the windows or sliding them open to reveal the maximum amount of screen. When the temperature outside feels chilly, you can shut the chill out by closing all of the windows.

The versatility of a 3-season room makes it perfect for spring, summer, and fall. Let’s get started!

Interior Design Options for Your 3-Season Room Abound

Would you prefer a room that’s simple or elaborate, rustic or formal? Some of our clients treat this outdoor room like a casual screened porch, while others want theirs to feel more like a formal living room. We can help you make design decisions based on your lifestyle. How do you want to enjoy your outdoor room?

  • Flooring – You may want to let your flooring set the tone for the room. We can build the floor of your 3-season room, like that of any porch, with composite decking, hardwood, or pressure-treated pine. If you decide to upgrade your outdoor room to a 4-season room with insulation and heat, you may also consider carpet or a tile floor.

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  • Knee wall – Let’s look at materials for the area from the floor to the bottom edge of your windows. Will you want a knee wall built of wood panels? Bead board is also a popular option for the space below the windows. We can even create a knee wall of tempered glass as a way to fill your outdoor room with as much light as possible.
  • Windows – How wide will your individual windows be, and will they reach to the ceiling or the roofline? If you choose to divide your windows into a series of smaller panels, you can fine tune the amount of air flow through the room. When outdoor temperatures are comfortable and you want to enjoy a breeze, you can simply open more panels and let the screens do their work. Ceilings fans help, too.

    Some clients have chosen to add a row of smaller, transom-like windows between the main windows and the roofline. You can see a beautiful example in this unique Sudbury, MA, 3-season room we built using doors for the walls/windows instead traditional windows.

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  • Ceiling – As we approach the top of the room, let’s talk about what kind of ceiling you want in your three-season room. As a design element, the ceiling can emphasize your room’s style—from casual to formal or somewhere in between. Open rafters, bead board, or tongue-and-groove pine are all perfect for a rustic or casual 3-season porch.

    An extremely popular ceiling option is the cathedral ceiling. As many as 95% of the 3-season rooms we build have a cathedral ceiling with a gable roof. Homeowners love the cathedral ceiling because it makes a 3-season room feel more spacious. The ceiling height makes this room seem more “special” than other rooms in the home. With a gable roof, we can install gable end windows, allowing even more light into the room. Gable end windows may be triangular or other interesting shapes.

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Choosing Exterior Design Options to Complement Your Home

Our primary goal for the exterior of your 3-season room will be to make this new structure look original to your home. A striking example is this New England style 3-season porch in Lincoln, MA. With cedar clapboard siding and red trim, the outdoor room we added looks like it has always been part of this home.

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A 3-season room is the perfect place to enjoy the changing seasons at your home. As we move into fall, changes in the weather may prompt you to think about extending the function of your backyard and outdoor living space. Let’s talk about designing and building your 3-season room while summer lingers so you can enjoy the space this fall.

We at Archadeck of Suburban Boston offer professional design and build services for clients west and north of Boston. Over the past 27 years we have designed and built more than 1,000 projects. We have enhanced the depth of our expertise by limiting our work to decks, porches, sunrooms, and patios. To view more of these projects, visit our photo galleries. To learn how we treat our clients, check our ratings on Angie’s List or read about us in an article in Remodeling magazine. For a free design consultation and a relaxed and rewarding experience, contact us via e-mail, [email protected] or by phone, 781-273-3500.

See Your Backyard Jump from Ordinary to Extraordinary

Is your backyard somewhat average when it could be amazing? Before and After photos will tell the story better than words can, every time. It doesn’t matter what your motivation is for replacing your deck or adding an outdoor living structure. Once the work is done and you compare the Before and After images, you’ll be wondering why you waited so long. When Archadeck of Suburban Boston designs and builds your new deck, the transformation will amaze you. Don’t be surprised if your reaction is powerful!

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The Before and After shots here may plant an idea or two about your own outdoor living space and how it might be transformed. When we say we can take your backyard from ordinary to extraordinary, we don’t mean your deck has to be in shambles. Not at all. We simply mean you might be surprised to see what a difference a new deck—and new deck design —can make at your home.

Custom AZEK Deck with Fenestrated Bench in Boxborough, MA

The Before photos reveal a wood deck showing its age.

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We replaced this old wooden deck with a custom low-maintenance AZEK deck addition that features a fenestrated bench.

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— Custom design rendering prepared for anticipated project.

The (1D) design rendering we created for the low-maintenance deck project tantalized the homeowners. With its curved edge and fenestrated bench seating, the new deck design makes an immediate impression. No one who sees this deck will forget it. Not only is it more spacious than the deck it replaced, it’s more welcoming, too. At night, the riser lights on the deck stairs contribute a soothing ambiance and increase safety for the homeowners and their guests.

Award-winning Mahogany Deck in Winchester, MA

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— Design rendering for proposed new outdoor living space.

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— Completed project in Winchester, MA.

This deck and pergola combination features a custom hardwood deck. Notice how we added a built-in seating area around the tree, which we incorporated as part of this backyard design.

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— We love this custom feature!

This project won a NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) Gold Award for Residential Exterior in 2015. The Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards competition recognizes remodelers, architects, builders, and other professionals for outstanding project design and construction. Read more about our design and service awards.

TimberTech Deck with Stylish Cable Railing in Lexington, MA

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This TimberTech low-maintenance deck addition features TimberTech Evolutions deck and rail cap. With horizontal board skirting and stainless-steel cable railing, the custom deck transforms this backyard and takes it from the previous century into the current one. TimberTech’s Tigerwood color complements the natural blue stone patio perfectly. You may not realize how “dated” your old deck has become until it is updated. Then you will understand.

Wooden Deck in Wayland, MA

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Our custom pressure treated deck graces the back of this home in Wayland, MA, and seems to flow with the home and landscape. The octagonal design fits the homeowner’s lifestyle perfectly as they enjoy dancing on their deck!

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— Completed octagonal deck addition in Wayland, MA.

If you’re thinking of replacing your deck or adding a new outdoor living structure at your home, be sure to take plenty of Before photos. Once the transformation is complete, you may have trouble remembering what was there. When Archadeck of Suburban Boston designs and builds an extraordinary deck for your home, you’ll love showing the Before and After images.

We at Archadeck of Suburban Boston offer professional design and build services for clients west and north of Boston. Over the past 27 years we have designed and built more than 950 projects. We have enhanced the depth of our expertise by limiting our work to decks, porches, sunrooms, and patios. To view more of these projects, visit our photo galleries. To learn how we treat our clients, check our ratings on Angie’s List or read about us in an article in Remodeling magazine. For a free design consultation and a relaxed and rewarding experience, contact us via e-mail, [email protected] or by phone, 781-273-3500.

Let Us Help You Vacation in Place – In Style and Comfort

Whether you call it “stay-cationing” or “vacationing in place,” instead of traveling this year why not escape to the safest place you know: your backyard. When you think of your dream backyard, what kind of outdoor living structures and amenities come to mind? At Archadeck of Suburban Boston, we have a saying: Dream it and we’ll build it!

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Often a deck and patio combination project will give homeowners the functionality they want in an outdoor space. Another popular combination is a deck and screened porch. Combining two or more outdoor living structures increases the square footage, the versatility, and the potential for relaxing and entertaining in your outdoor living area. With the right combination, custom designed to feature your ideal vacation-worthy outdoor living structures, you won’t need to leave home to relax and feel pampered.

Vacation and Entertain with a Deck and Screened Porch

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This versatile outdoor living combination in Lexington, MA, includes a low-maintenance two-story deck and gable roof screened porch. It’s perfect for entertaining, so if this were your home, who would you bring along with you as you vacation in place? Family and friends can enjoy snacks, conversation, and games out on the deck and then adjourn to the screened porch for a delicious dinner. When you dine on a screened porch, pesky insects are not invited. The deck offers room for grilling, too, so the host doesn’t have to leave the party to prepare a delicious meal.

Transform an Under-used Backyard into a Spa Deck and Patio

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These homeowners in Beverly, MA, enjoy a comfortable, private retreat just outside their back door. Archadeck of Suburban Boston designed and built this beautiful paver patio and Fiberon spa deck combination to fulfill their outdoor living dreams. The patio is spacious enough for a dining table and chairs as well as comfortable lounge chairs. Here you see how a backyard can become a secluded resort setting. The deck’s curved edge, with a second level serving as a step to the patio, includes riser lights for nighttime safety and ambiance.

Combine Fresh Air and Privacy in an Outdoor Living Room

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Feel like you need to get away somewhere to find privacy outdoors? Archadeck of Suburban Boston designed this Arlington, MA, custom privacy deck that functions like a room. We designed the lattice panels to create privacy for the homeowners because they have neighbors in close proximity. They gained privacy without giving up the open and airy feeling they wanted on their new deck. The pergola overhead adds shade and mimics the feel of a roof. They added elegant yet comfortable furnishings to turn their privacy deck into a luxurious outdoor living room. As you can see from this beautiful project, you can enjoy all of the privacy and comfort you want without having to leave home.

Create Your Ideal Vacation Destination at Your Home

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Imagine the outdoor living structures your ideal vacation destination would include, and then let Archadeck of Suburban Boston bring that dream alive at your home. Here’s a wonderful example you can use for inspiration. This beautiful outdoor living space in Lynnfield, MA, combines a low-maintenance AZEK deck, open porch, and stone patio. Even better, the patio includes a custom fire pit. You might find a setting like this at a mountain resort, or you could create a similar resort-like destination at your own home. Archadeck of Suburban Boston won a prestigious Contractor of the Year (CotY) award for this project. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Headquarters gives CotY Awards to NARI members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects.

Let Us Create Your Ideal Setting for Vacationing in Place

When you work with Archadeck of Suburban Boston, you won’t need to hire separate contractors to build your vacation-worthy outdoor living combination. We specialize in designing and building decks, porches, and patios. Instead of leaving home for an all-inclusive vacation, consider us your all-inclusive vacation-in-place designer and builder.

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We at Archadeck of Suburban Boston offer professional design and build services for clients west and north of Boston. Over the past 27 years we have designed and built over 950 projects. We have enhanced the depth of our expertise by limiting our work to decks, porches, sunrooms, and patios. To learn how we treat our clients, check our ratings on Angie’s List or read about us in an article in Remodeling magazine. For a free design consultation and a relaxed and rewarding experience, contact us via e-mail, [email protected] or by phone, 781-273-3500.

The best award is praise from our customers. Please pass it on

Archadeck of Suburban Boston is pleased to announce that we recently earned three prestigious awards: Best of Houzz 2018 for service excellence and two 2017 Super Service Awards from Angie’s List – one for Decks & Porches and one for Carpentry & Woodworking.

• The Best Of Houzz 2018 Award is based on several factors including the number and quality of client reviews received on the Houzz website in 2017. If you reviewed us on Houzz, thank you!

• Earning a Super Service Award from Angie’s List is difficult because it requires excellent reviews from clients throughout the year. Although we were not perfect in 2017, we received 16 “A” ratings in these two categories and are very pleased to be in the top 5% of companies in both the Decks & Porches category and in the Carpentry & Woodworking category.

Even more noteworthy than these awards is our history of awards with Angie’s List. We have earned Super Service Awards in each of the last nine years. That is consistent excellence.

If you visit the Awards page, you’ll see that these aren’t the first design awards we’ve received. In fact, we have earned 31 awards over the years. In addition to Angie’s List and Houzz, the Archadeck/Outdoor Living franchise system has showered us with numerous Customer Satisfaction Awards, a Business Excellence Award, and more than a few Design Awards. We have also won Contractor of the Year awards from NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), and we received a Master Design Award from Qualified Remodelers Magazine.

While we are honored to receive these awards, each of us on the Archadeck of Suburban Boston team knows that our job is pleasing the next customer, not the last 100 customers. Each day we arrive at work focused on exceeding the expectations of our customer.

Every time a satisfied customer writes a review, whether they post it online — Google, Houzz, or Angie’s List — or whether they send it directly to us in a letter or email, we win an award. Let me restate that, to be clear: Each glowing review we receive from a customer IS an award.

At Archadeck of Suburban Boston, we don’t work for awards. We work for you.

We at Archadeck of Suburban Boston offer professional design and build services for clients west and north of Boston. Over the past 25 years we have designed and built over 950 projects. We have enhanced the depth of our expertise by limiting our work to decks, porches, sunrooms, and patios. To learn how we treat our clients, check our Super Service Awards on Angie’s List or read the article about us in Remodeling Magazine. You can also visit our blog at boston-decks-and-porches.com.

For a free design consultation and a relaxed and rewarding design and construction experience, contact us via e-mail or by phone at 781-273-3500.

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