The Porch

When we moved into our house, our dream was to build a lovely porch on the back. Something we could use 3 seasons of the year. Something that would make for an excellent photography studio. And a space to throw killer parties! We hired a contractor [Artisan Construction] and our vision for cottage meets barn came to life.

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Before, we had a little covered stoop with steps leading down to an existing wooden deck pathway that met a floating deck in the yard. Our goal was to connect them into one massive deck playground.

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During Construction

 

[Which took about 2 months]

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After!!

 

I don’t know all the finishes or fixtures, so unfortunately I cannot recommend them. But hopefully if you’re interested in a similar project you can show the photos to your contractor for inspiration.

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New bright + sunny full glass door

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Patio furniture and stars from Pier 1

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Skylights

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Modern fan. We also have outlets on the sides for computers, fans or music!

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Sliding barn doors

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Door stopper

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Table also from Pier 1

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Craftsman eves

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Artistic beams

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Reddish stained floor

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With screen underneath

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Note the food photography table in the corner

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Super wide steps!

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Blends into existing deck

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Beadboard back

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Storage underneath

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For beer equipment

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Chain drainage

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A happy place to spend the days!

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{ 71 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie March 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Gah, it’s beautiful! You make me want to go beg my husband for one. :-)

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2 Lindsey March 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I love it! It is too cold here to even think of enjoying something like that most of the year! But I would still love one :)

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3 Alison March 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Absolutely gorgeous!!

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4 Estela @ Weekly Bite March 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Love it!!! My favorite is the sliding barn doors :)

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5 Joanne March 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Something you can sure be proud of. It’s beautiful and so are the photos you take when you’re on the porch. All that light – it’s such a happy place.

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6 Jill Will Run March 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Your porch is beautiful! It would never match my stucco home here in the desert (nor would my Homeowner’s Association approve something like that) but it is stunning… maybe someday when I’m rich and powerful and have my mountain escape, I can have something like that! Nice work!

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7 Erin March 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm

That looks stunning!

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8 MelanieF March 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Wow, this is truly beautiful Kath! I would love to have that porch for our house.

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9 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy March 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I love your porch and love seeing these photos. I think the barn inspiration is really what makes it.

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10 Ashley March 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Wow! I would love that! BEAUTIFUL! :)

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11 Sandy March 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I love the porch and I am heading to Pier 1 tomorrow! Time to update some patio furniture.

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12 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers March 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm

this is so gorgeous! i love all of the attention to detail. i bet you’ll spend countless hours out there!

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13 Soph March 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

First of all, this is gorgeous! Magazine quality beautiful. I love those light fixtures.

I do have a question though, and I apologize if this is too personal – how much did this cost and how are you guys able to afford this?! My boyfriend and I are currently saving up to buy a house but the expenses are adding up so quickly. Between starting a business, buying a house, building a beautiful addition, getting all new appliances, AND saving up for a baby all within a year or so – how do you make it work? Are you lucky enough to receive family help, or are the blog and bakery covering the costs of all this?

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14 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm

We were looking for houses in a higher price range then this one, so when we decided on this one – and got a great deal due to a somewhat desperate seller and really long time on the market – we were able to put the money we saved on the downpayment into the porch. It was over $15,000, but worth every penny, especially considering the use we’ll get out of it and the resale potential. [Although the thought of selling it someday breaks my heart!]

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15 Leatitia @ The Sweetest Year March 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I was wondering the same thing! Glad you were able to afford it, it is a work of art, really. So beautiful.

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16 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I am kind of obsessed with your porch. Every time you post a photo of it, I think about trading in my beloved patio for a porch just like it. I would definitely be living out there all summer long!

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17 Kristen @ Change of Pace March 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm

That’s the only thing our home doesn’t have. I’d love to have a porch for sure! Gorgeous!

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18 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Absolutely heavenly!

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19 Lauren March 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Sorry if I missed the explanation in another post, but what is the deal with the chain drainage?

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20 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm

The deal is it’s a much more decorative option than a plastic drain spout :)

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21 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm

[Water trickles down the bells]

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22 Lauren March 22, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Makes so much sense! Thank you for clarifying. I love that concept.

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23 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm

It’s so lovely! Our deck/porch on the house I grew up in was my favorite part of the house in the summer and spring.

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24 Hillary March 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm

There is nothing I DON’T love about this. Oy. I want to live on it.

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25 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I really, really love your porch. It’s absolutely beautiful and so well-done. It’s amazing how different it makes the back of your house look! I like the fan a lot – I’m not sure I had seen that before. Thanks for the descriptions and pictures – I always love your house posts!

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26 Christine @ BookishlyB March 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I am seriously in love with barn doors right now. I’m really hoping we can do some in our master suite at some point.

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27 reader March 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm

New house, add on porch, new appliances, trip to Jamaica, weekend in NYC, trip to Califorrnia, weekend trips to Baltimore and the beach and baby on the way, all within the last 6 months or so – do you wonder why some of your readers might be envious. Hope you are grateful for the charmed life you live and have some empathy for your readers who work at jobs every day, have young children and are trying desparetely to make ends meet. You are definitely blessed.

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28 Lauren March 23, 2012 at 10:11 am

I would say professional bloggers most certainly work full-time jobs! Posting up to three times a day, taking and editing beautiful photographs, managing busy sites with sometimes hundreds of comments to moderate, even posting multiple times on the WEEKENDS when most of us have the luxury of completely detaching from work. In addition to being dedicated and hard working, bloggers are also brave. It’s tough to put yourself completely out there, opening yourself up to harsh criticism from people who don’t even really know you.

Lastly, no woman should be put in a position of having to apologize for her success. I have no doubt Kath is extremely grateful for her happy life, but she and Matt have also worked really hard to follow their dreams and see them achieved.

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29 Kate March 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

“reader”. I hope that you can take the time today to stop being envious of others (and rude towards them) and to try and see the many blessings that are present in your life.

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30 Katharina March 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Kath is definitely blessed to have so many nice things in her life! She shows them on the blog all the time, so of course readers will notice. It is hard when you work full time and don’t have as many nice things to see posts filled with pics of trips and expensive things, but I choose to read here so I don’t let it bother me. I know I have a really great life, even if I don’t have as many material things. I’m sure Kath knows how blessed she is. With so many trips and such a nice house (and a family that seems very close and supportive) how could she not?

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31 Bethany March 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Hello :)
Been reading your posts for a while! Thanks for the inspiration to eat more “real” food! I had spinach in my smoothie for the first time yesterday- today I cut it down to 1 cup rather than 2- LOVED IT!!
Thanks for all the inspiration…. also :) LOVE LOVE that you had mac & cheese the other day :)
Kath does eat “real” food :) Have a great day!!!

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32 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm

:) Happy to hear it!

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33 Jennifer March 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Beautiful!!!! I love the floor and the doors. What a huge difference from what was there before.

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34 Laura March 22, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Ok realllllly dumb question, but is the porch screened? Or it is more like a sunroom? Wow, I feel like an idiot but I can’t tell! I am obsessed with the ceiling and all the hardwood. Really is beautiful, kath, and I am loving that you’re spending so much time out there. I would too!! My parents have a screened porch and it is easily my favorite part of the house.
I apologize in advance for the dumb question….screen or glass?

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35 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Haha yes it is!! Fully screened. Glass would have been nice in the winter!

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36 Caitlin March 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm

love!

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37 Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm

such a gorgeous space!

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38 Amy March 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm

So beautiful! What a happy little place to be! I would do anything to have a space like this to nurse and play with my baby!

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39 Angel7 March 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Leave it to you and Matt… Perfection!!!

The screen underneath the floor is a cool idea.

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40 natasha e March 22, 2012 at 7:53 pm

This is just amazing! I want one!!

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41 Ashley March 22, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Never thought of putting a screen underneath! Brillant!

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42 Sherry March 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Kath: I, like everyone else, L O V E your porch—-it’s brilliant and gorgeous. I can see it soon with toddler toys all over. . . heaven!

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43 Larbs March 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm

The stars look great!!!

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44 Nancy March 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Your porch really is gorgeous! I can imagine living out there all spring, summer and fall! My parents had a screened porch built on the back of the house I grew up in and we loved it. Except that one had an astroturf floor! 8-\ (We’re drinking smoothies with spinach several times a week now… who knew it was a simple, tasty way to get free spinach in us – and our kiddos?!)

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45 Meagan March 22, 2012 at 9:43 pm

That’s a great use of space! Is your front yard bigger than your back yard? (Porch is in the back right?)

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46 KathEats March 23, 2012 at 7:51 am

It’s in the back, the front yard is pretty small and we have a front porch too (but it’s not that big)

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47 Elisabeth March 22, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Th eporch is beautiful and I’m sure you will be spending A LOT of time out there in this nice weather! I especially love the beadboard :)

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48 Maria@ Sinfully Nutritious March 23, 2012 at 4:03 am

Perfection! Great job Kath and Matt.

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49 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 23, 2012 at 6:49 am

I absolutely LOVE the porch! It’s so beautiful! This is exactly something that I want when my fiance and I are able to buy a house. I love how you decorated it too. So beautiful! :)

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50 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) March 23, 2012 at 7:04 am

Love it. Amazing. :)

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51 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 23, 2012 at 7:11 am

I would spend every available minute there!!

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52 MaryBe@Accidentally-Vegan March 23, 2012 at 8:22 am

It’s gorgeous! (I love the photo with your baby bump and your Toms)

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53 Kristin March 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

AH! i love it! i have major porch envy!

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54 Susan Mc March 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Kath, thank you SOOO much for putting the porch renos in one place… LOVE seeing the transformation process! When you come to Atlanta we’ll have to tour the homes of all my friends and coworkers who are inspired by your design choices…oh if only that could start with MY house! :-) Our tired-out open deck needs a FACELIFT!
I can’t wait to see a pack n’ play or bassinet in a corner… I’m imagining the porch will make for some great nap times!
LOVE it and thanks so much for sharing!!

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55 KathEats March 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

It was all for you Susan! I’d love to tour your homes. Might be in ATL this summer with Larbs and Matt!

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56 von March 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Gorgeous!

I have been wanting to see more of the porch since we hope to add one onto our house, too, and now here it is, all put together nice and tidy. I’m eager to show this to husband. I was not looking forward to searching all over your blog looking for the various photos to give him a feel for what I’ve see a little at a time through your various posts.

Thank you for taking the time to put this together with angles, details, etc. and especially thank you for answering another commentors question about cost. That will give all of us who desire such a beautiful space for ourselves a guess as to what something similar might cost for ourselves.

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57 KathEats March 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Glad it was helpful : )

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58 Margaret March 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Wonderful post, I am sure you will all get a lot of use from such a beatiful space
if you need shelter in the colder months there are clear plastic “Cafe” blinds that roll up and down and are reasonably priced, they are very hard wearing.

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59 JT @ The Faux Foodie Gurl March 25, 2012 at 6:26 am

What a lovely addition to you home – beautiful space!

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60 Charise March 27, 2012 at 11:29 am

Another fan of your porch over here! I’m a big fan of the farmhouse look, too. We have a lovely enough patio (and need all the sun we can get since most of our yard is shady) and plenty of other renos to work on instead, but it would be nice to have such a perfect spot for food photography!

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61 Kim April 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Very beautiful!! So jealous :)

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62 MindyG June 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I find myself daydreaming of your porch when my husband and I talk about replacing our deck off the back of our house. I showed him this post today and man did he fall right in love with your porch! It’s just so gorgeous and useful.

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63 Kelly July 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Ah, so glad I could find this post. We’re buying a new house and I would LOVE to add a porch like this. I know you don’t like to talk specific finances on here (uhm, UNDERSTANDABLY!) but I was wondering if you could give me a ball park figure on what this cost? $5000? $10,000? more? Less? (oh please less!! ;)

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64 Kelly July 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm

never mind! found the info in a comment above — thanks for sharing!!

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65 Ashley August 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I have been oohing and ahhing over your porch pics for months… Having a screened-in porch already I didn’t have much hope of mine ever being quite as beautiful. It is, hands down, my favorite part of our house, but it was beginning to show it’s age.

My husband built an amazing (!) deck last year and we wanted to spruce up the porch so that it didn’t look so shabby in comparison. A couple weeks ago my husband started on the “small project” of replacing some rotten boards. When he started taking things apart, more and more rot was revealed, and within a couple of days our porch was totally gutted!!! (Apparently the person who built it 20 years ago didn’t exactly know what they were doing because they constructed it in such a way that allowed water in every time it rained.) SOooo, quite by accident we are renovating the whole thing, and were able to use your pictures as inspiration! I was a little overwhelmed at first, but now am so excited I’m going to get what I really want!

Thanks so much for sharing your renovation pictures. My husband is using them as he plans and they have been enormously helpful! (Every few days he asks, “can you pull up those porch pictures again”?)

It’s going to take a bit longer than yours did since he’s doing all the work himself, but I’ll have to send you some pictures when it’s completed – hopefully without snow in the background! ; )

-Ashley

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66 Toni Neff September 3, 2012 at 11:33 am

We are starting on a similar project on our home and am very inspired by your screened deck! I especially love your sliding doors and wondered where you found them. I don’t want to “waste” the space on my deck space outside the screened deck to allow for a swinging screen door.

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67 KathEats September 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I honestly don’t know because our contractor put them in. I believe they are just regular screen doors put on a track.

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68 Toni Neff September 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I went out to Menards Home Improvement (I’m in Wichita Kansas) and showed them the photo I pinned from your site. They said it is a barn door track system with regular screen doors hung on the track. Menards had all the supplies we would need. I am showing this to my contractor!!

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69 KathEats September 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Oh good!

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70 Ashley May 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Hi Kath! Can you tell me what kind of screens you used? Nylon or aluminum? Black or silver? We are building ours and I’m trying to decide what will look better. Our windows are fairly low (about 24″ off the floor) so I think metal is safest with a toddler, but not sure what color to use.
Thanks! :)

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71 KathEats May 14, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I’m actually not sure – our contractor bought them. They are probably run of the mill screens – nothing special. And to be honest they are wearing out a bit.

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