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Screen porch with vinyl windows

Sunday Saves: Fall Outdoor Living With Screen Porch How To’s

We’re sharing tips to enjoy your outdoor or transitional spaces this season. We’re including design tips for renovating, and decor ideas to carry your home through the next several weeks of living.

Transitional Screen Porch

Screen Porch Season

And at last, it’s screen porch season. Are you familiar with the vinyl vertical window solutions? This beats the cost of real windows and the hassle of removing windows and adding screens seasonally. Our Drew Avenue project was our first installation, and we have since added these to the Kath Home porch.

The windows are intended for year-round use, blocking rain, wind, and snow during the off-season and protecting your furnishings, while offering tinted options to control sunlight during the warmer months. The windows are on a 4-track, so easily glide up or down to expose the screens, and more durable than real glass. If there is one consideration for your future screen porch, this is it!

In both applications, we used Sunspace Sunrooms, but we know there are other options that are great solutions on the market.

Vinyl Screen Porch Windows

Wood Paneled Ceiling

Also, a common element we used in these spaces is a wood paneled ceiling. A feature element that ties both of these spaces together. Addiding a cozy vibe, an extension of the outdoors, and timeless elements to the home. We source all of our reclaimed timbers from Manomin Resawn Timbers, a women-owned lumber yard in Minnesota. Read more here on our sustainability efforts with reclaimed wood applications in your home.

Screen porch, black painted walls, vintage leather sofa.

Cozy Gas Fireplace

When building our own family home, we knew a gas fireplace was a must. This extends the use of our screen porch for several weeks on both ends of the season. And a perfect way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon nap, with a blanket a fire in the background. You’ll need to plan ahead and consider height constraints with a TV above the fireplace if this is in your plan. A non combustible surrurnd, such as a natural stone, brick, tile or in this case hardy siding, will be a requirement as well. Print your fireplace specs, or make sure your builder is on it while planning for a fireplace and it’s components.

A Mix of Outdoor and Indoor Furnishings

Screen porch, black windows painted shiplap walls

Our Drew Avenue project opted for an outdoor set from Home Depot. We love the look of this as it feels like indoor furniture, but will have the outdoor capabilities when the screens are open. It’s also a great way to bring the outdoors inside, while also saving on your furnishing budget. In the Kath home, we tease this is where our previous home furniture went to die. A vintage leather sofa paired with a few new custom chairs sourced through a high end showroom during a COVID sale we couldn’t pass up. The rhyme or reason not as well planned out, but it seems to work nicely together.

Accessorize With Rugs, Throws, and Pillows

1. Alys Rug 2. Laurelhurst Rug 3. Windowpane Rug

Rugs are a great place to start in each space, these selections are durable and can be used inside or outdoors on your patio. Sharing a few favorite area rugs here to set the tone for your space, by laying the groundwork for additional furnishings and accessories.

Don’t forget to grab favorite throws and pillow covers. We like to purchase covers separate from their inserts, for ease of changing out throughout the year. Woven Nook is a great resource for solid and patterned options. Sharing a recent project install using this pillow pack on the bench.

Green mudroom cabinetry, brass hardware, open storage.

Thank you for following along, we may receive a small commission for the items linked in this post. For this we are grateful, a few recent projects we think you may like:

St. Albans Road | Kath Home | Ridge Road

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