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Old 06-02-2020, 02:54 PM
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I have an outdoor porch thatís screened in on the side of my house. Itís one of the few original parts of my home remaining. I like the space but hate the condition of it. We mainly use it to store my kidís hockey equipment and extra sodas and water. Itís a waste of space. There is a door that leads into my kitchen/dining room/family room (open floor plan) from the side porch. It is hollow underneath and that lattice is barely staying on. It fell off already in the backyard and Iím sure animals love it under there. We need to do something with this space but not sure what. Itís only 8 ft x 12 ft so itís not too big. Iím thinking maybe large windows all around??? Sunroom? I know itís stupid but I keep thinking a Christmas tree would look fabulous lit up in there with windows all around it. Any ideas are welcome as Iím hoping to do something with it this summer.


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Oh, I am SO jealous!
Old 06-02-2020, 03:19 PM
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I LOVE screened-in porches. Back in the day, I worked as a waitress for one summer and six of us girls rented a tiny little two bedroom house. There were two in each bedroom, one got the living room and I got the screened-in porch! I will always remember how wonderful it was to live there.

Do you live where it gets cold? Could you use it year round? Will you have a source of heat? My grandma always had a big couch/swing and/or a daybed on her screened in porches over the years. She filled them with plants and they were so nice to nap in.

I would make a little place to just hang out and read or talk, comfy chairs, a daybed, a table to put puzzles together or play board games.
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Old 06-02-2020, 03:28 PM
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Make it a 3 season room. The possibilities are endless.
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Old 06-02-2020, 03:28 PM
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I like the colors of your house. Difficult to tell if its dark blue or gray but it looks great. I don't have any suggestions for the space but I'm looking forward to the suggestions that I'm sure will be coming from others. AND looking forward to seeing the after photo.
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Old 06-02-2020, 03:46 PM
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I agreeógreat house color. I love the idea of an all-glass sunroom. There are companies that just do sunroomsóI know because DS used to work for one. I canít find an exact pic, but maybe something like this.


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Old 06-02-2020, 03:47 PM
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Or kinda like this?
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I love the idea of a sunroom
Old 06-02-2020, 04:02 PM
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My in-laws turned their deck into a sunroom. I really loved sitting out there with coffee in the mornings.
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Old 06-02-2020, 04:04 PM
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My original screened porch had glass snap-in panels that were put in during winter. When I had it redone, I didnít use the glass panels. However, the original owners loved it. They installed a small heater, some indoor/outdoor furniture & carpet, and a television. They sat there all the time.
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Old 06-02-2020, 04:07 PM
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I'm thinking sun room or a playroom area for your son. Love your home Jackie
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Old 06-02-2020, 04:46 PM
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We made our deck into a screened porch and absolutely love it. I know where you live. I would make it a 3 season room.


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Old 06-02-2020, 05:21 PM
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Scroll to the last pictures. I love the way they painted the ceiling of the covered porch a cool blue color. Plus a ceiling fan for when it is really hot.

I would buy a long glider where you can swing without hanging a swing. I love the gentle movement back and forth.

https://houseofturquoise.com/2014/09...d-georgia.html
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Old 06-02-2020, 06:08 PM
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Leave it as a screened-in porch, but make it more like a second living room.
Get a small corner cupboard, old jelly cupboard or even smallish fridge for all that water and soda.
Fix the lattice panel with a stronger panel, maybe even get a latch mounted so you could store hockey equipment under there in some kind of plastic storage shed-type boxes.
That space is crying out for a glider!
If you're into chilly nights, get a small space heater. The heater, the glider, a blanket, and some cocoa. Yes!

We demand "after" pics!
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Old 06-02-2020, 08:14 PM
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What are the dimensions of the room?

I like bookgeek's idea of storing hockey equipment under the porch. We out the lattice up, but have a gate at one end so we can access underneath when we need to.
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Old 06-02-2020, 09:34 PM
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You wrote that it is at the side of your house? So itís visible from the street? For added privacy (and to hide potential clutter on the floor) I would have a solid material (wood?) on the lower half, or at least to the lower bar in the picture. Then I would make it a 3 season room with big windows that can open to let in a nice breeze.
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Old 06-03-2020, 04:59 AM
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We have one of these in our small sunroom. Weíve had it for almost 20 years and it still looks almost brand new.

Everyone fights to sit there because it is so relaxing. If you need me in the summer look for me in the swing in the sunroom. Iíll be there reading!

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Old 06-03-2020, 05:36 AM
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Thank you for your suggestions. It is a smaller room, only 8ft x 12 ft so I can't put a glider or hanging swing. It would take up too much space.

Amiga, we had initially thought of putting all glass. However, it is on the side of my home visible from the street. Also, if we remove the door there you would be able to see my whole kitchen from the street too. I like the idea of windows all around though.

Anna, I had said this would be a great playroom for my ds when we first bought the house. We had no money though at the time to do that. Now that he's 8, he is more into video games and toys that don't need tons of space. He also has the spare bedroom upstairs that we made into a playroom for him.

I'm thinking sun room too but with windows instead of just screens so I can sit out there year round. I'm hoping to put steam heat (radiator) out there so I can use it year round. We we remodeled our first floor, there used to be a radiator inside the house near that porch that we had removed to create the open floor plan. The lines are capped off but are still there. I'm hoping it might not be a big deal to extend the line to the porch and put a recessed radiator in there.

I think we might be doing this next month. I will post pics when we figure it out and get started.
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Old 06-03-2020, 10:10 AM
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I envision a cozy corner for reading.
https://www.digsdigs.com/photos/smar...or-ideas-3.jpg

I would love a screen porch but I donít know your climate and that certainly can make a difference.

I would also consider an outside trellis on the street side with climbing plants to create more privacy.
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White wicker furniture
Old 06-03-2020, 05:16 PM
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Boston ferns, hang some, bright colored throw rug
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:20 PM
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An idea. Plants are homey.
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:21 PM
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Bright paint can really change the mood
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