June 22, 2016

Cherry Creek Screened-In Porch

Let’s pretend it’s not 100 degrees outside and that you actually want to get out of the house. Well if you were some of our recent clients out in Leawood, you’d be in real fine shape! Prior to this past Spring, the family’s breakfast room walked out onto this standard-fare raised deck.

deck before scovell wolfe remodelBut not anymore!

progress of porch structure

Without affecting the main footprint of the home (we even kept the existing sliding glass door, window and garage entry!), we enlisted architect Pat Dolan to design a 3-season porch to replace the old wood deck. Check it out now!

after screeened in porch scovell wolfe addition

Pretty unbelievable, huh?! With 6 inch wide wood tile floors, shiplap walls and tongue & groove ceilings bathed in white paint, the new space feels as much a part of the main house as an interior room addition would! Except unlike an interior room, you get to enjoy the weather (that is, of course, when the weather is actually enjoyable).

tongue and groove ceiling, shiplap walls and chandelier in the three season screened in porch

Let’s be honest – the two white fans in the ceiling don’t quite quell the heat on exceptionally dreadful days like today, but they help nonetheless! And just behind them on the east wall you’ll notice a couple of wall-mounted 4 foot infrared heaters for chilly weather. But does anyone even remember what chilly weather is or feels like? It’s like a distant memory from oh so long ago…

seating area of the screened in porch by beth phillips interior design and scovell wolfe

But let your imagination out to play for a moment and think about how wonderfully perfect it would be to watch Sunday Night Football around this fireplace on a cool autumn night! It sounds glorious! The raised hearth is topped in Indiana Limestone (as is the grill surround and dry bar).

A big thanks to designer Beth Phillips for helping our clients select this great outdoor furniture and all the pillows and fabrics, as well as directing the general design of the space overall.

starburst wainscoting in screened-in porch

close up of table setting in 3 season roomFrom the detail of the starburst wainscoting to the reclaimed mantle from Elmwood Reclaimed Timber, this room is packed with subtle, standout details.

starburst wainscoting in scovell wolfe remodeling addition

elmwood reclaimed timber mantle with brick fireplace and sconcesBack to the structure of the porch itself, here’s what the north exterior angle of the house used to look like.

north view of home before scovell wolfe remodelAs you can see, we left many of the many components in place; the glass sliders, window and garage door are all original.

north view after scovell wolfe additionBut not everything is the same on that side of porch. Immediately to your left as you enter the new 3-season room, Noal Yungeberg – the project manager – custom built a dry bar – again topped in Indiana Limestone where there was once nothing but dead space!

bar before

dry bar with beverage center in custom built cabinet with indiana limestoneWhile he was at it, he then knocked out a great built-in grill just outside the porch.

custom built grill cabinet with indiana limestone

grillDown from the grill, we also rebuilt the deck stairwell, reorienting into the backyard.

stairwell beforeNow, in addition to matching the new porch, the structure of this deck stairwell even allows for storage beneath it – a major bonus.

after shot of deck staircase after scovell wolfe remodelOne last thing of note – the screens! Tuffscreens to be exact. They are not your typical screens. They’re incredibly durable – nearly impossible to poke a hole through! Just what these homeowners needed with three boys in high school and college!

after shot of exterior of screened in porch by scovell wolfe remodelingSo there you have it – a light and airy porch even on the nastiest of hot days!

porch progress

cherry creek leawood screened in porch addition with fireplaceWe’ve had the privilege of constructing lots of 3-season rooms over the years. Our screened-in porch portfolio is chock-full! So be sure to check them out if you’ve enjoyed seeing this porch! Plus there are a couple houses we’ve previously written about that featured porches here and here! All worth checking out!