Thursday, January 19, 2017

Porch Project 2017!

So a friend of mine who is not originally from the humid swamp land that is Savannah asked me for some help making her screened porch function well for her adorable family of 3 (soon to be 4).  A screened porch here is a wonderful addition to a home because the bugs, mosquitos, gnats, etc., will carry you off during the spring, summer and fall.  But everyone likes to get some fresh air!  So screened porches more than pull their weight.  But. . . with all the humidity things can get nasty fast as she learned when she used some baskets for storage out there.  They had also been making do with some camping chairs and were hoping for something more comfortable, that would really make them WANT to be out there.  So we came up with a budget and I put together some ideas to fill her needs for the space.

First up was a new screen door.  The old one was broken and not doing a great job of keeping the bugs out.  The house is pretty traditional in style but the owner has a more modern aesthetic.  So a happy compromise is a kind of Craftsman style door.  It's lines ring traditional and the streamlined profile meets a modern edge.  

She was looking to replace the "granny style" sconces that were already there so I put a couple of choices on there.  All leaning towards cleaner lines, the nickel one with the nautical flair is a nod to her husband's career in marine biology.

We tossed around the idea of a hanging bed swing, but the pitch of her ceiling made it a little impractical so the next best thing is a daybed!  Flanking it with two storage units will help corral toys and plants.  We have put them up on mid century inspired tapered legs to make sure there is adequate air flow to prevent mildew.  And a corner of the space that has the best view becomes a little hangout nook with two rocking chairs and a garden stool.  

She has ordered everything and the hubs is building her a replica of the bottom daybed so hopefully we can get that space together before true spring weather hits here!

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