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Replacing a Small Deck with a Larger Screened Porch and Deck Combination Gives Life to a Seldom Used Raleigh Backyard

It is not uncommon for homes to have a small “builder grade” deck or standard concrete slab outside of the back door. We recently upgraded a Raleigh client’s outdoor living space by adding a screened porch and deck combination where a small deck once stood. Our client gained a new covered outdoor space with protection from the elements alongside an open air space for grilling and entertaining.

Multi-Functional Outdoor Living in Raleigh

Gone are the days of having to choose between a deck and porch. Our most requested outdoor living project is the combination space. A combination project can include any mixture of sunroom, screened-in porch, deck, patio, and accessories. A Raleigh favorite is the screened porch and deck, which allows homeowners to enjoy perfect weather days on the deck and have a more protected retreat from hot sun, rain, and mosquitoes.

For our client, a screened porch provided a tranquil feeling of being in a tree house, perfect for relaxing. Additionally, the enclosed porch also gave her an outdoor space with a sense of privacy from nearby neighbors. The open gable roof balances the coziness of the space by keeping the porch bright and airy.

rustic ceiling on porch

The Benefits of a Deck & Screen Porch Combo

With so many benefits to screened porch living, why add a deck too? Adjoining decks are helpful for times when you want to bask in the full sun or cook outdoors. By having both a deck and porch, a grill master can prepare the burgers and steaks while guests remain comfortable nearby, in the screened-in porch. Separated only by screens, conversations can easily flow in between them.

new deck

This Raleigh deck and screened in porch combo benefits from a few special design features that add style and functionality. The Deckorator aluminum balusters give the space a modern look, provide unobstructed views of the lush backyard, and are low-maintenance. The exposed wooden rafters in the porch give it a warm rustic feel, while the lighted tray ceiling provides additional nighttime function.

inside sunroom with furniture and hanging swing

If you’re ready to upgrade your Raleigh, Durham or Greater Triangle builder grade patio or deck to a combination project, call today for a design consultation: (919) 446-5585. We look forward to working with you!