Deck or Screened-In Porch? Which is Right for You?

Now that the beautiful weather has finally arrived, the thought of being trapped inside because of a lack of outdoor living space is far from ideal for homeowners. With trends showing that people are spending more and more time outside –  the traditional concrete patios are no longer fulfilling the needs for outdoor entertainment. Because outdoor renovations can come with a hefty price tag, it is important to consider your options before jumping in with both feet. Consider your lifestyle. Do you entertain? Do you like to sit under the shade and read a book? Do you like to be out in the sun and work on your summer tan? Your lifestyle needs will help decide the appropriate project type: deck vs. screened-in-porch.

Deck Options: 
IMG_2984 This elevated deck features a great example of an under-deck gutter system which allows the area below the elevated deck to stay dry during rain showers. This option is perfect for those who need a mix of sun & shade on those hot summer days.



When planning the details of your deck addition, consider using Trex decking as opposed to standard wood. Although more expensive upfront, Trex is not only eco-friendly, but it also offers superior durability and performance that lasts for decades. Trex resists termites, never rots and never needs staining or painting. The retractable canopy attached to the exterior of this home adds shade when needed while also adding visual interest to the look of the exterior wall.


This tiered deck is another great example of Trex railing and decking shown with a decorative accent border.





Screened-In-Porch Options:  With the many wonderful things the warmer weather brings, it also brings pesky bugs, grass clippings, loose leaves, etc. As great as it is to be outside during the warmer months, it’s even better to have a place where one can enjoy the temperatures without the disturbance of the outdoor elements.

The below examples showcase different design options to consider when adding on a screened porch.


The combination of the vaulted coffered ceiling, french door, heavy duty fiberglass screens, and detailed finish work shows a modern twist to the average design of screened-in-porches.



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Given that screened-in porches are ideal as additions, it is important to consider how the space flows from the inside to outside. For this home, adding a portico was a great solution to keep the homeowners dry from the walk inside to the porch.



Made of sturdy vinyl, Eze-breeze windows offer the protection from the outdoor elements while still allowing the breezy air and sunlight inside. Unlike regular glass,  Eze-Breeze windows also offer protection from flying baseballs and other known backyard related accidents. If accidentally bumped, the vinyl screen will return to its original shape within minutes. 

Thinking of adding on a deck or screened-in-porch and interested in learning more? Call us today to schedule a free, in-home consultation with one of our talented outdoor living designers. Send us an email, or give us a call at 317-846-2600.






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