Savvy homeowners are always looking for that perfect renovation project that makes their home more livable and aesthetically pleasing. At the same time, people want renovations that make an impact in terms of market appeal and property value. Ideally, if you’re going to invest thousands of dollars into a renovation project, it would check all of these boxes.
But that’s not usually the case. Few renovations are absolutely perfect in every way, and there are almost always compromises to be made. The question is, which renovations represent the best combination of values and goals that matter to you as a homeowner?
Screen porches are a strong consideration for many people, and for good reason. Let’s take a look at some of the distinct advantages of investing in a screened porch for your home.
The screened porch adds functional square footage that can be used any number of ways. Family dining, entertaining, quiet time, and game night — these are all common ways to use a screened porch. And on rainy summer days, it’s a great way to breath the fresh air while staying dry. Versatile, multi-functional space is a very hot topic in home renovation these days, and screened porches are actually a perfect way to achieve it. With the right concept, your screened porch can easily be set up for multiple different uses.
2. Safe play space for kids
Parents of young children are often worried about various dangers of the outdoors or other areas of the house. A screened porch is a great place to set up a safe play space for young children, giving them plenty of room to run around and play in a safely enclosed area. Again, the fresh air and semi-outdoor environment is an added benefit.
3. Low maintenance
Screened windows themselves are easy to clean with a moist broom, and storm windows can easily be installed to improve insulation performance during cold winter months. If you choose a synthetic or ceramic floor for your screen porch, cleaning becomes even easier.
4. Curb appeal
It’s no secret that today’s homeowner is on the lookout for market value and curb appeal. So where do screened porches fit into this picture? Well, it clearly depends on how well they were designed and built. But when a screen porch is expertly designed, well-conceived and professionally built, there’s every chance that your home will be bumped up in terms of local market value.
A renovation you can be proud of
Reaching your goal of having a screened porch may involve renovating an existing space, or it may involve a totally new addition. Either way, you’re going to need a professional home renovator in order to achieve the results you want (unless you happen to be trained and experienced in renovations of this level). If you’re considering a screened porch for your home, discuss the pros and cons with a reputable outdoor deck and patio specialist. The information here should help you in rounding our your plans and settling on a design you really love.