Living in the midwest has its perks:
- Hardworking, friendly people
- 4 distinct seasons (I enjoy the variety)
- Room to stretch out
- Reasonable housing prices
Some of the negatives that I will admit to are:
- Bitter cold winters and steamy summers (one of the more difficult climates to design for)
- No oceans or mountains nearby
The last item listed is a force to be reckoned with. The incessant buzzing, the wild swatting that ensues during the battle and the itchy evidence is enough to send some of the bravest indoors for protection.
When a client is considering expanding their outdoor living space we often suggest a screened porch, rather than a patio or deck. This sort of space is capable of enlarging your home in the summer while keeping the bugs at bay. Its a place to read, gather with friends and enjoy watching the world go by without the worry of rain or the sun interrupting your plans. Porches can often evoke memories of days spent at grandma’s house or at a lake house, but most often the reason the upgrade is to escape the mosquitoes.
Our porch is a favorite place to dine and becomes part of our Main Living area when door from our house is open.
Screened porches come in all shapes and sizes. Of course, I have a few favorites of my own:
What are you planning to do to upgrade your outdoor living space this year? Landscaping? a Patio or planting some trees?