Alternatives to the Traditional Screened Porch

Ah, the screened porch.  The perfect spot for a warm spring morning with a cup of coffee and a pastry, a place to watch the birds at the feeders, and place to leaf through the latest magazine.  Fitted with comfy furniture, beautiful plants, and the freedom from mosquitoes, a screened porch is the perfect place to relax.

When I recently showed you all the progress we’re making on our screened porch, I had several readers tell me they wish they could build one, too, but their house just can’t accommodate one.  Our house didn’t have a spot for one, either, which is why we’re building it in the backyard off the end of a garden shed / workshop.  We had seen lots of photos here and there that we used for inspiration in our design, so I thought I’d pull some together for y’all, in case you’d like to build a non-traditional screened porch of your own.

freestanding screen porch room house

Source: This Old House

I just love the porch pictured above, and we plan to add a tweak to our store-bought screen door that was inspired by this porch’s amazing door.

The folks at Viva Verde built this next screened porch, most unique and inviting, isn’t it?  This has a great roof design, simple to build and yet great for shedding the rain.

freestanding screen porch room house

Source: Viva Verde

Here’s a freestanding screened porch with a deck out front:

freestanding screen porch room house

Source: Dream Home Source

A few more freestanding screen porches to inspire you:

freestanding screen porch room house

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Source: Better Homes and Gardens

freestanding screen porch room house

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

freestanding screen porch room house

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

And here are a couple that are attached to a garden shed or workshop, as we did with ours:

freestanding screen porch room house

Source: Blackburg Garden Center and Sheds

freestanding screen porch room house

Source: Northwoods Accents

Ours isn’t quite ready for the big reveal yet, but it’s getting close!  I hope you found something you can use here today, if you’re looking to build a screened porch, perhaps.  We’re already enjoying ours, even though unfinished.  Thanks for reading along and visiting ~ Dawn

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17 thoughts on “Alternatives to the Traditional Screened Porch

  1. I would love a screened house in the back yard. I will have to be content with my pergola for the time being. I am trying to figure out how to screen it in for the summer.

  2. Love the screened in porch – we had one when we lived in Cleveland, Ohio as the bugs would eat you alive. Here in CA there aren’t any bugs that chase you in the house at night.
    I know you will love it and what a great place to relax – enjoy.

  3. Thank you for sharing these ideas!! I look forward to your “reveal”. I know how much you’ve looked forward to this space! Have a good week, Dawn…….Rosie

  4. I’ve been thinking of a small screened porch in our yard. These are great inspiration. I can’t wait to see what you do with your door. That one is so great! laurie

  5. Oh my gosh I’m so glad I saw your link at the Nifty Thrifty Tuesday Party. Hubby and I were just talking on the weekend about how we want to convert our canvas gazebo into a permanent structure. Your post gave me loads of inspiration – thank you!

  6. Love the screen room! We had one of those screened gazebo jobs from Home Depot and the S. Fl sun all but destroyed the canopy,… Been researching options to replace it, thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I really want a screened porch. I have a condo with 2 decks (one on top of the other). My original plan was to screen in the lower deck but I had to wait since the decks are getting redone. Now I’m thinking of moving so my dog can have a yard…will have to figure out how to get a screened porch with a doggie door in the next house.

  8. Looking forward to seeing what your screen room looks like when you’re done. I’m a new subscriber.
    Oh how I love all of them. Would so love to be able to screen in, put roof over our back deck. Not real big but would be so nice to be able to sit out there in summer without being eaten alive with those nasty skeeters. Would make it lots cooler in our mud room. We live at top of small hill and have fantastic views.out over the valley and as far as over 2 miles away to the interstate. Just beyond interstate is CO river. We have fantastic mountain views also. One of perks of being out in country. I’m not a city living kind of person any more since we lived on 20 acres in MT on Canyon Ferry Lake.
    Wishing you a happy Easter

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