Josh’s Screened in Porch

Project: Josh’s Screened in Porch

Chevy Chase, Special Project - 110000

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

David Merrick
Addie Merrick-Phang

This historic home was built at the turn on the 20th century and was one of the first homes in Chevy Chase Village.  It has come a long way since it was first built as the local school. It is now a beautifully maintained single family historic home. The one part of the home that was not matching up was the rear porch that was added in the 80’s or 90’s. It had an over grown trellis that acted as a shelter.  But it let the rain through, dropped leaves on the table and made the space feel dark and cramped. Josh wanted to rebuild the porch with rot resistant material, raise the roof and add screens.

Every detail was thought of so that Josh and his family could enjoy his screened in porch and the view of his pool  for years to come without worry.  Aeratis, composite tonged 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. These materials were carefully chosen for their longevity.

New stone supports were added to match the ones on the existing front porches and special attention was paid to make sure the trim on through out the new porch matched the front as closely as possible.  The railing had to be updated to match current code but we matched the base plate detail where it connects to the columns.

The new porch was built with a low slop 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.

The most impressive feature of this porch is the motorized screens. These remote controlled screens go up and down in about 30 seconds hiding away in the frieze. The frieze has removable panels incase any of the screens ever require maintenance.

Josh and his family can now has a beautiful historically accurate porch, complete with modern touches that he can enjoy in the sun, with out rain on his head or leaves in his food.