5 Essential Elements in Screened Porch Design

If you are looking to add additional value to your home, a screened porch addition can be a practical investment. You and your contractor should plan a screened porch design that makes you feel like you are outside but protects you from the elements such as insects, rain and harsh sunlight.


Transparency is one of the first aspects of design to consider. Decide how much transparency you want between the indoors and outdoors, and keep in mind that many features such as the screen system, half-walls and railings will obstruct the view.

Screen Selection

There are many types of screens, each with its pros and cons. Smaller screens are simpler to repair but provide obstructed views. Large, floor-to-ceiling screens offer the best views, but without as much framing for support, they may sag or bulge if bumped into by pets or small children.

While the standard mesh weave provides 18 x 16 strands per inch, if you live in an area prone to tiny insects like “no-see-ums,” the tighter weave of a 20 x 20 screen mesh is preferred.


Smaller screens provide more durability in areas prone to high winds. Choose wood that is insect-resistant, weather-resistant and that holds paint well. Cedar, redwood and pressure-treated lumber are preferred for their durability.


Your contractor will ensure that your design adheres to all local building codes, including adding the required guardrails and balusters.


Aesthetic design elements ensure the addition coordinates with the rest of your home and speak to your style. Wood floors can be painted or stained, or you may choose to tile the floor or use indoor/outdoor carpet for the space. If you’re going for a rustic feel, add beadboard or shiplap ceilings.

With the right screened porch design, you can provide a comfortable extension to your indoor living space and added functionality to your home.