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The case for screened outdoor spaces


If we’re being picky, there are plenty of downsides to outdoor gathering spaces. Mosquitoes, fallen tree debris, precipitation, scorching sunlight — decks and porches are great, but they’re not impervious to nature’s woes.

There’s a very strong case to be made for the screened porch, especially because many modern designs implement large screen panels in a way that’s seamless if not beautiful. Take this screened porch from architects Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown at their weekend place in Rhinebeck, New York. It offers supreme comfort, utility and beauty — a trifecta that’s difficult to achieve lest one happens to live in an area where the architects, insects and meteorologists conspire.

Hopefully you and your clients will be spending some quality time on a patio or porch this holiday weekend. Make it an opportunity to consider screened-in options!