Next Gen Makes Casual Living Space More Useful
The latest trends in home designs include bringing the outdoors in and these new designs have spurred a renewed interest in screened porches. The latest porch themes offer great amenities, allow home owners to view adjoining landscape designs or beautiful natural surroundings and provide protection from rain, over-exposure to sun and keep residents separated from insects.
In years past, screened porches were often camp-like rooms for casual living, which provided an escape from hot or cold air depending on the season. Now screened rooms are being designed as livable spaces that may reflect the style of the rest of a home. Architects and builders now devote greater attention to the building site and how to transition natural areas within the home’s architecture, layout and livability – making the home stunning from either perspective, whether you’re "inside" or "outside" of the primary living area.
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Levecchi says, "It’s easier and cheaper to install heating, cooling, water or gas lines or other systems when pulling permits to build. Decide if heating or cooling is to be tied into a home’s central system or be a separate unit, and if lighting will be recessed, attached to a fan, include a dimmer system, or come from table and floor lamps. Homeowners should also decide on the following":
- Do you want to include a fireplace, if local code allows and how it’s going to be vented?
- Do you want a barbecue or grill, again if code allows and what kind of venting is needed?
- Will you want a built-in bar, a sink with running water, or a refrigerator or dishwasher?
- Are you going to leave furniture in the screened room all year rather than store it in a basement or elsewhere? If furniture will remain in areas subject to temperature and moisture extremes, weather-resistant products must be considered.