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Three Season Room

Memorial Day has come and gone, and despite the unseasonably cold weather, the unofficial start of summer is here. Its hardthree season room Lisa Scheff Designs to believe that this season is upon us, but its time to get outside and enjoy the reprieve from a long New England winter. As the weather warms up, and we head outside, unfortunately bugs begin to do the same. If you’re anything like me, you find yourself debating: “enjoy an outdoor dinner on your patio or not deal with mosquitoes and just stay inside?”  Citronella helps, but only so much which is why this kind of weather has me thinking about adding a three season room or a screened in porch.

Hunter Douglas traditional-roller-blindsThere’s a few things to consider when deciding to build a three seasons addition or to screen in your porch.  The first is how you will use you space.  A screened in porch is a great addition to living space in the summer months, but it provides very little to no additional insulation.  A three seasons room, while usually lacking HVAC, provides insulation from the elements which will give you a longer season of use, particularly in New England. The second consideration, of course, is budget as screening in your porch is much less costly than creating a new room.

Once Lisa Scheff Designs Hunter Douglas Designer screen shadesyou’ve decided the direction you want to go in, its time to plan the space.  For me, an outdoor living space should have two types of seating: dining and lounging.  I like to see a balance of the two because it provides functionality for the room in several different situations.  While the items on your porch will be protected from the elements, you want to choose indoor/outdoor furniture and fabrics to prevent mildew and fading over time. Consider including screen shades in your budget to control the sunlight in the space.  They will allow you to sit on your porch, even when the setting sun it pouring in, without completely blocking all of the natural light.

Treat the design of your porch as you would any other room in your home.  We always start from the bottom up by following these steps:

1)Conceptualize how you want to use the space.
2)Draw the room.
3)Choose your floor.
4)Find your large items (usually furniture).
5)Choose your color palette based off the floor and larger items.
6)Choose your paint.
7)Choose your accessories.
8)Enjoy your space.

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