Design Ideas for Screened Porches and Outdoor Decks

Design Ideas for Screened Porches and Outdoor Decks

Posted in: Outdoor Living

Aside from the added space, screened porches and decks can significantly add to the value of your home, often returning an average of 87% on the original investment. In combination with the value of decks and porches, there are more than 40 million decks in the U.S. alone that were built more than 20 years ago and are still standing. A long lifespan plus the increase in the value of your home makes a porch or deck a great investment for all homeowners.

Screened Porches:

  1. Natural Woodland: For homeowners with a large amount of land behind their home for backyard recreation, a porch that allows a complete view of the landscape is quite popular. Being able to sit on a rocking chair surrounded by a view of trees and the sky is worth every penny. Using natural wood and avoiding painting the floor and beams of the porch makes the overall look very natural and suits the scenery perfectly.
  3. Outdoor Dining: If your family enjoys outdoor activities during warm seasons, a porch that allows for outdoor dining will perfectly complement your home. Keeping in mind the use of the porch during construction, you can have outlets and shelves installed to accommodate preparing and cooking meals.


  1. Living Room Deck: By adding an extension to roofs, contractors can protect wooden decks from the elements while allowing space to place furniture to create an area for family time. Hanging mirrors along the exterior wall of your home and laying down an area rug will give it a homey feel. Outdoor decks and patios create a diverse space for relaxation.
  3. Greek Revival: Many decks are now calling upon the architecture style of the Ancient Greeks for inspiration. Replacing wooden panels with tall columns brings an elegance and grace to decks of all sizes.

With such an increase in home property value, adding decks and porches to homes is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. Recent research has found that over the course of one decade (2007-2017), the deck and patio industry is expected to grow more than 2% each year. If you're thinking about adding to your home, keep these design tips in mind!

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