Josh’s Screened in Porch

Project: Josh’s Screened in Porch

Chevy Chase, Special Project - $110,000

white railing
back proch
motorized screens
copper gutter
white rail
Bead board ceiling
stone supports
before porch
before porch

A screened-in porch is a great way to increase living space and enjoy the outdoors at the same time.  For Josh and his family, remodeling his porch was the perfect addition to his house. Built at the turn of the 20th century, this historic home was one of the first in Chevy Chase Village. Before becoming a home, it was the local school. Now it is a beautifully maintained single-family historic home.

The one part of the house in need of work was the rear porch. Added in the ’80s or ’90s, it had an overgrown trellis that acted as a shelter. Yet it let the rain through, dropped leaves on the table, and made the porch feel dark and cramped. Therefore, Josh wanted to rebuild the porch with rot-resistant material, raise the roof, and add screens.

Attention to Detail

We thought of every detail so Josh and his family could enjoy the screened-in porch and the view of his pool. Aeratis, composite tongue and groove porch flooring, was installed and painted to match the original flooring. The columns were custom wrapped with Versatex, and the new railing is the Hampton rail from Intex Millwork. We chose these materials for their longevity.

Merrick added new stone supports to match the supports on the existing front porches. We paid particular attention to make sure the trim on the new screened-in porch matched the front. The updated railing meets the current code. We also matched the base plate detail where it connects to the columns. The new porch has a low slope roof and copper sheeting to allow for a higher ceiling inside the porch. New copper gutters were tied into the underground weeping system to match the rest of the home.

Modern Updates

The most impressive feature of this porch, however,  is the motorized screens. These remote-controlled screens go up and down in about 30 seconds and hideaway in the frieze. The frieze has removable panels in case any of the screens ever require maintenance.

Josh and his family now have a beautiful historically accurate porch with modern touches. It is a porch that the family can enjoy in the sun, without rain on their heads or leaves in their food.