A well-designed screened porch can serve as protected outdoor dining, living, and play space, or even as a sleeping room. With a solid roof overhead, either floor-to-ceiling screens or well-caulked half-walls, and stone or wood flooring underfoot (important tip: make sure to screen the space between the floorboards to keep mosquitoes out!), a screened porch lets you live in the out-of-doors from late spring through early fall.
From Landscaping Ideas That Work by Julie Moir Messervy (Taunton Press, 2014). Design: AJ Miller Landscape Architecture. Photo: Susan Teare.
The Home Outside Plan
A screened porch, terrace, and arbor create multiple yet connected spaces to relax and entertain. The terrace and arbor are lined up with the screened porch; for that reason, adding a slight angle to the furnishings under the arbor allows the flow between the spaces to feel more organic, less formally structured. A collection of planters between the two spaces provides a garden view from every chair.