Josh’s Screened-In Porch

Project Overview

Built at the turn of the 20th century, this historic home was one of the first in Chevy Chase Village. 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.

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. With a number of updates including new stone supports, railings, base plate detail and even copper gutters, we made sure to match these upgrades with the existing structure.

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.

I would highly recommend Merrick, based on our experience. From project start to finish, Merrick's staff was responsive, thorough and conscientious. In particular, Merrick was highly attentive to our project's budget and timeline, and kept the work on track despite a few change orders. The cost-estimates and billings were very transparent — I knew what I was paying for.

- Michael

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