Convert Deck to Screened-In Porch
Now for the most important part: attaching the screen for this screened-in-porch! This process is kind of like upholstering. We have to pull the screen as we staple it to make sure we get it nice, tight and wrinkle-free. We use a hammer tacker, also known as a hammer stapler, which allows us to swing the tool to apply the staples.
We use lattice strips to cover the staples we used to hang the screen — it looks a lot better and makes the enclosure much stronger.
Then we install a screen door to match the one on the front of Emily’s home.
Finally, we screen under the deck to prevent pests from getting in that way.
- Paint the deck and stairs
- Install a ceiling fan
Emily’s back porch was just the right size for her and Max. But it was showing some age and it was always hot and swarming with insects.
Not to mention the fact that the loose stair treads and handrails were a little unsafe.
This newly screened-in porch is more comfortable with a ceiling fan, and we’ve made it safer with new handrails, new balusters and by repairing those loose steps.
It’s also much more attractive, thanks to Emily’s cool color choices.
And we spent less than $1,000 for all the materials.
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