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At Outdoor Living, we specialize in screened in porches and decks.  Take a look, the best ones in Middle Tennessee are built by us!


Bill and Donna's House

 
Here is Bill and Donna's house.  We built a 16x25 screened in porch, with a wainscot instead of railing.  The out side material is hardi board.

 

 

 

 
Coming off the screened in the porch, you step down to the stone patio and grill area.  I built a "U" shaped wall around the grill for the grill to reside in.

 

 

 
Here is a shot of the patio pavers used.
 

 

 

 
On the inside is a nice relaxing wood burning fireplace with a gas log lighter.  The ceiling is framed with rough sawn cedar rafters, left exposed, and decked with 2x6 tongue and groove decking.

 

 

 

 
The floor is decked with a composite decking and fastened with screws.  Inside the wainscot is finished with exterior grade plywood, T1-11.

 

 

 
Often with the addition of a big outside room, you may need to relocate a door or install French doors to better access your new living space.  In this photo, we have removed a single entry door and bricked up the opening.  Then we removed a double window, cut out the rest of the bricks, and installed a new set of French Doors.
 

 

Andy and Leisa's House  

This is what I call a nice sized screened in room. Over 550sq ft on floor space, two ceiling fans, six can lights, speakers and wired for a television. room for a big table, plenty of chairs, and good times. We also added additional floor space outside of the porch for grilling food.

 

 

Andy's Before Picture

 

 
Here is the before photo. You can see the skylight on the roof is right in the path of the new roof line. We removed it, insulated, and finished the inside of the house to make look like it never was there. And when we shingled the new roof, we removed all the shingles on that roof, so there wouldn't be evidence left behind.

Richard and Angela's House

 
Nice 20x20 screen porch, exposed cedar rafters and tongue and groove decking, recessed Hot Tub in the floor, fireplace, and steps coming down to a stone patio.

Not seen in this picture, is the single entry door that we removed and bricked up, and the double windows that were cut out to allow for the new entrance through French Doors.

Richard's Before Picture

 

 
You can the concrete patio that we covered up and the double window that we removed to install new French Doors.

Bill's House

 
Here is Bill's house, where we poured some more aggregate concrete, built a roof over the patio, and screened it in.

 

 
 

 


Kim and Kevin's House

 
Here is Kim's house.  We built an 18X18 deck with a roof on an 8/12 slope.  Columns built out to 8"X8", the floor is supported by brick columns 18"X18" and 7' tall.

 

There is also a lower deck for the grill to sit on.

 

Kim and Kevin

 

 

This is the shot from an angle.  I have to before picture next to show what we started with and ended with.

 

Very nice results!

 

Kim's Before Picture

 
And here is the original deck.  The new deck was going to be bigger in size, so we removed this one and started with all new materials on the new floor.
 

 

Frank's House

 

Here is Frank's house.  We built his porch with wide screened in opening, shed roof, wrapped columns, and metal handrails.

Some of these openings are over 6ft in wide and 8ft high.

 

Inside Frank's Porch

 

 

Here is the inside of the porch.  It is 375sq ft and tiled with large 20X20 tiles.

 

And my personal favorite!

 
Frank's ceiling was finished out with 1X4 bead board tongue and groove, with recessed lights, speakers, and two ceiling fans.

 

And if your wondering what we were doing during the 100+ temps in August 2007, well your looking at it!  At first, I said I would just hang this ceiling myself.  It should only take a day, maybe two if I'm slow.  Boy, was I wrong!  That heat wave was exhaustive!  We could only work a 3-4hrs a day in it and we were done.  It's funny now cause I know we can do it in a day!

Frank's Sun Deck

 

 

The sundeck is covered with IPE decking.  It's commonly known as iron wood due to it's density, strength, and anti rot/decay properties.  It also has a Class A fire rating, which is the same given to concrete and steel.  So it's very durable, straight, and easy to work with.


 

Dean's House After Outdoor Living

 

Dean contacted us with an idea to move his screen porch over and turn his current screen porch into living quarters, heated and cooled. 

 

Dean's House after we finished

 

 

The screen used on this job, is a privacy screen cloth.  It is made with a tighter weave than the traditional screens.

 

Dean's House

 

 

And here is my before picture!  Unfortunately, my camera had some condensation in it when I shot the picture.  And yah, that's frost on the roof.

 

Susan's House

 

 

This is probably the grandest of them all when it comes to screen porches.  I don't have the before picture, shame on me, but anyway, Susan already had the deck (floor, steps, and handrails), we just added a gable roof and built up the columns to 8" by 8", screened it in, and trimmed it out. 

 

It's a big screen porch, and I wanted it to look like it was always there, not an addition or after thought.  So everything had to tie in and match/blend in.

 

Susan's House

 

 

Pam's House

 

 

This screen porch uses conventional screening with the frames fastened to the out side of the walls. If you ever need to change out your screens, you just get a cordless drill and a ladder, remove the screen and take it to get it rescreened.
This one is fairly close to the ground, once they get higher, it's usually better to have screens on the inside of the porch, to make it easier to replace them.
Also, this one is gable roof. The gable was left opened and screened.
 

Pam's House

 

 

 

 

Frank and Linda's house

 

 

 

This is one job, that the pictures just don't show the product as well as it really is.  There is so much detail to the trim and finish work that I couldn't capture it without doing close up shots.

For the most part, we saved as much as the original deck as we could, replacing some of the supporting posts and all the decking.  We went with a composite decking on the floor and wrapped the 'band' of the deck with it.

Working with composite cost more, but it really finishes out nice. 

And the pictures look good, but when you see it in person, then you really go 'WOW'!

 

 

 
 

Frank and Linda's Ceiling

 

 

 This ceiling is framed with rough sawn cedar rafters and decked with 2X6 tongue and groove appearance and structural grade pine.

Casey's house

 

 

 

This one was finished May of 2007.  It's about 20ft across and 20ft from the house, hip roof, and b-board ceiling.

I have some pictures of the porch with the screens installed, somewhere.  As soon as I find them...I'll put them up on the web.

 

 

 

 

 

We also built a deck for the grill, with wide angled steps.

 

 

 

Finally, I have found the pictures!  Here are a couple of shots with it screened.

 

 

 

And here is the other one.

 

 

Barbara's Porch

 

Here is a screened in porch with a hip roof,

that we built for Barbara.

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Last updated: 02/26/2013