Screened-in porches are making a comeback, a trend we applaud. After years of dwindling popularity, porches are back on young homebuyers’ lists of “Most Wanted” features, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. Among Millenials, a front porch is more prized than hardwood floors, a master bath with both a shower and tub, or a dining room. And with good reason.
A screened-in porch is your summer living room. It’s a neighborly space, inviting breezes and greetings from passersby. And it’s an iconically American architectural feature. Before the 1860s, “there was no hint (or probably dream of) making a house flyproof,” writes Russell Lynes in The Domesticated Americans. Then, during the Civil War a manufacturer of wire mesh sieves miscalculated demand; the surplus was repurposed and sold as window covering. By the 1880s, screened-in porches were a trend.
In support of the screened-in porch, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorites from around the country, from Maine to Maui:
A simple timber frame screened porch is an homage to a nearby Cape Cod house built by homeowner Miranda Heller’s grandfather, the self-taught modernist architect Jack Phillips. Heller’s porch is an addition to a 19th-century barn (you can see the exterior in the top photo) that was moved uphill to its current site a century or so after it was built.
For more of the project, see our new book, Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces.
For more of this project, see Architect Visit: Screened Porch by Poteet Architects in San Antonio, Texas.
For more of this project, see Into the Woods: A Cabin on Flathead Lake.
For more of this project, see Steal This Look: The Perfect Screened Porch.
Hudson Valley, NY
For more of this project, see Architect Visit: A Natural Pool and Passive House in New York’s Hudson Valley.
For more of this project, see Landscape Architect Visit: Clamshell Alley on the Coast of Maine.
The Catskills, NY
For more of this project, see Before & After: A Summer Porch Rehab in Upstate New York.
For more of this project, see Vacation Rental: Maui Beach Cottage with a Tropical Garden.
Llano River, Texas
For more of this project, see Steal This Look: A Bohemian Screened Porch in Texas.
For more of this project, see The Tropical Life: A Family Camp on Jamaica by Designer Sean Knibb.
N.B.: See more of our favorite summery living spaces: