If you are looking for ways to extend your living area and enjoy the outdoors, you might want to consider adding a screened in patio. This will give you an extra room that is accessible from inside your home. A screened in patio can be more attractive than an open deck or porch because it provides protection from insects and other outdoor elements such as rain and wind.
What makes for a perfect screened-in patio? First of all, it has to have enough space so that people can move around easily. You also want to make sure there is enough ventilation, either through screens on the walls or windows with open panes or shutters on the ceiling. A strong focal point is also important and you can use this to make the room feel larger by bringing in lots of light.
The concept for your screened in patio must include a design that will provide enough light, yet keep the bugs out, be comfortable and maintain privacy. Here’s how to design a screened in patio that takes advantage of natural light, has good ventilation and allows you to extend your living space while still enjoying nature.
First, choose a building type
A screened-in patio can be constructed in many ways, but the building itself should provide the right amount of ventilation to avoid trapping heat during warm months or becoming too cold during winter. This is especially important if your patio will double as an outdoor living room.
A patio can be enclosed in a number of ways, such as with a solid wall surrounding it, or by using slanted latticed walls or wood framed windows with screens. You can even choose to use a combination of screened space and solid walls. The latter works well if you plan to have the patio next to your playroom. Children can run through the screen and when adults want privacy for a conversation, the solid curtain wall fits the bill.
The use of wood frames for windows and doors also makes it possible to create an arbor that opens up from the inside, allowing you to connect it with your home’s interior design.