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Screened Porches


Decks often stand unused in Maryland’s scorching hot, humid weather and pesky mosquitoes will often put an end to the hopes of an evening on the deck with a few friends and some good eats.

Perhaps best loved for beating the sun and bugs, screened porches are also an efficient way to gain more usable living space and easily enjoyed as more than just your summer space. 

Screened Porch, Severna Park, Maryland

For the Owner of this Severna Park home, a screened porch was an idea that kept resurfacing year after year.

Screened Porch Before Screened Porch After

Screened Porch, Kent Island-Stevensville, Maryland

Along with a kitchen expansion, another big change for this family's home was the addition of a screened in porch where the family can enjoy outdoor dining without the backyard pests. With its new L-shaped layout, the owner, Nancy carved out a special enclave for herself---her "Zen corner"-a quiet seating area with wind chimes and a bubbling fountain where she can relax and enjoy her home's peaceful setting.

Screened Porch After Screened Porch After Floor Detail

4 Quick Design Tips

  1. Size:Get the maximum enjoyment by making the overall size large enough to accommodate a seating area and a dining area.
  2. Electrical: You will want to have plenty of outlets along the perimeter to reduce tripping hazards from electrical cords.
  3. Ceiling fans: A little help for mother nature on those days and evenings when breezes aren't as plentiful.
  4. Skylights: Invite natural light into your screened porch. Plus, you will appreciate the additional light brightening the adjacent interior room.

4 Décor Essentials

  1. All weather, comfortable furniture:Opt for furniture featuring upholstery that can withstand the elements. Your screened porch will provide shelter from the rain, but it won't keep away all rain.
  2. Area rugs: Outdoor carpeting will do a nice job at segregating your spaces and enhance the feeling of an actual living space.
  3. Plants:Either hanging, or on a pedestal, or simply placed in decorative pots will bring life and added beauty to your screened porch.
  4. Lighting: Incorporate table and or floor lamps. Be sure to use only lighting that is rated for exterior use. Indoor lights are a hazard used outside.  

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This 1970's modular on Kent Island, MD was in desperate need of renovation and upgrading. Villa Builders exceeded our expectations. Now, we have a wonderful home to live in!

Frank and Janet Reale


  • Cindy Feldman, Arnold, Maryland

    Project: Front porch

    We hired Villa Builders after a disastrous experience with another builder. We needed a new builder to complete our project under a new permit, as well as participate in the repairs that were left form the previous builder. Villa was extremely professional in their comments regarding the work of the previous builder despite our rantings or what Jeff may actually have been thinking. Our front porch is beautiful-incredible workmanship and details. We look forward to having Villa Builders complete our repairs and put their finishing touch on our home. I would highly recommend Villa.

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