Although this past winter has been harsh, most winters are not nearly so cold in Tennessee. In fact, Middle Tennessee has wonderfully moderate temperatures for much of the time, which is why many homeowners in the Nashville area love a screened in porch. Screened in porches are not included in the total square footage of a house, yet the added value for homeowners is immense. Screened in porches give homeowners an opportunity to bring the outdoors in, both for entertaining and personal down time. Adding a screened in porch can create an extra room for a home without the cost of an addition, especially if you already have a deck or patio. So, if you’ve been wondering: should I add a screened porch? here’s a look the pros and cons for homeowners in the Nashville area.
Pros of a screened porch
Screened porches are a way for Nashville homeowners to enjoy the outdoors even more and for longer periods of time. Screneed porchs give shade when the sun is blazing, provide cover during a good rain shower, and yet still allow the breeze to come through. These porches also help keep bugs out, unlike a deck or patio. Many Nashville homeowners treat their screened porch as an extra family room, by filling it with comfortable furniture designed for napping or reading. Others use outdoor furniture to create al fresca dining exeriences for family and guests alike.
Another pro for screened porches is the cost. If you have a house with a nice deck in good shape already, it is fairly inexpensive to construct a porch around it. Another way to save costs is to do-it-yourself. With some technical skills and hard work, many homeowners have tackled this project successfully. Here’s one example of a screened porch that cost approximately $600 to complete.
Cons of a screened porch
As we’ve already mentioned, it will not add to your home’s square footage since these rooms are not temperature controlled. Also, though they offer some protection from the elements, a hard rain or snow will still get into the room. Finally, though Nashville residents will get far more use out of a screened porch than other areas, inevitably it will probably go unused throught winter or the hottest days of summer. Of course, you could always add a fireplace to extend its use.
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