Monday, May 20, 2013

If you want somthing done right...

First hire a professional, then redo the parts you don't like.

So last year we had the screen porch added.
from last year


We used it ALOT.

For the winter I got an idea to use these heavy clear tarps so we wouldn't have to store all the patio furniture inside somewhere else.

porch bubble
This was was both a swimming success... and a failure.













I say failure because these clear plastic panels were HEAVY, and difficult to put up. I could see right away this was not going to be conducive to my plans of aging gracefully.
That said - the porch was toasty warm on sunny days. Even tho there was tremendous air leakage - it was still very comfortable on some very cold days. This was a pleasant surprise.

So this spring we had two issues to solve.
First, my wife detested the way the contractor had installed the screens. The white outlined effect detracted from the simplicity of the room, and frankly looked cheap. She particularly disliked the white horizontal bar around the entire space just at eye level when seated.
I disliked the screens for the practical purposes of fixing and cleaning them.

So they had to go...
why does it always rain when i work outside














After removing all the screens and trim I reframed the spacing and added a sill plate all around the bottom and making the openings closer to four foot, vs. the eight foot spans originally.
still some landscaping in progress around the base of the porch
We are now ready to order some new screens.
I've got something in mind...
I hope this idea is better than my last.

3 comments:

elf said...

So you don't think the professional screen guy put the horizontal bar in there for, you know, a structural reason? Just sayin.

Angelina Garcia said...

How's your porch now? Have you got a new screen? If you still can't decide on what screening material to use, you should ask help from screen porch professionals who will assess which type fits right to you.

Angelina Garcia @ Archadeck.com

Jared Sands said...

“First hire a professional, then redo the parts you don't like.” – Fair advice, Weese. At least there would only be a few errors to remedy after the pros are done with it. That would be easier, and I guess cheaper than hiring pros to redo a DIY disaster. Jared @ DesMoinesIowaContractor.com