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Thinking Spring: Cure Your Snow Blues By Planning a Screen Porch Remodel

screenedporchAs the white blanket of snow that once covered the D.C. region turns to gray, crusty slush, it’s hard to believe that spring is right around the corner. We’re here to tell you it is—it must be—so put away the shovel and revive your ideas for a new screened porch that’s ready for the thaw and can fend off the bugs that will soon interrupt your barbeques and garden parties.

Why plan now for screening in spaces that are covered with the white stuff or are muddy and soaking wet? Let us count the ways:

1. Get a jump. By starting now on plans for a screened porch, you get a jump on what’s likely to be a busy spring season for permit offices in the region. After sitting inside commiserating about the Snow-pocalypse, we won’t be surprised to get an influx of requests for residents eager to get screened porches started—sooner, the better.

lin-cp12. Decide now. Even relatively straightforward screened porches still need clear plans—

  • Will skylights be installed on the porch roof?
  • What type of decking and rails will you use?
  • Is the porch ceiling going to be painted or will you need to choose wood to be stained?
  • Will the space need sconce lighting or overhead fans or perhaps even an TV set?

These and other considerations take time to work out, but planning for your new outside living spaces can be fun and exciting because the options are almost limitless.

3. Don’t wait—you may regret it. After our homeowners have their new screened porch, most can’t believe they lived without one for so long. Our customers treat their new outdoor living areas as extensions of the house—for entertaining, working, eating dinner, and just relaxing. It’s where many families spend seven months of the year.lin-ceil

Goldsborough Design Build has crafted numerous screened porches—some that extend out from new kitchen and living spaces and some that simply build over an uncovered deck (see the pictures of a few of our projects here; more are in our photo gallery).

But as the snow melts, let your imagination run wild; and talk to Goldsborough Design Build about putting your plans in motion.

Think of it as therapy for the winter-weary soul.

 
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