Our shiplap screened in porch is complete! We turned our crusty back deck into a covered screened in porch with a vaulted ceiling, shiplap walls, exposed rafters, tongue and groove composite flooring, and Trex railings. Here are the before and afters.
The long awaited “after” post is here!! While construction ended last fall, I always thought we might add a rug, a console table, and more decor before I was ready to share. But it’s complete, at least for now. I decided I don’t want a rug because the composite flooring is so smooth and easy to keep clean that I don’t really think one is necessary! At least not while we have small children who love to eat outside and ride trucks around all day long. So here is the porch as complete as it will be for now.
Why did we decide to convert the deck into a porch?
You might recall that at my last house I added a farmhouse-style screened porch, and to this date it’s one of my top trafficked posts on KERF. I LOVED that porch and missed it so much when I moved into this house. I’m married to the owner of Charlottesville’s best construction company (see what I did there 😉 ) Thomas has done a lot of screened-in porches around the area, and from the moment we met we started talking about turning the deck into a porch. He designed the porch and did a lot of the labor himself so we kept the costs down, making the project a dream come true.
Before: The Crusty Deck
Believe it or not this deck was new in 2014. Before I bought this house, the owner renovated it top to bottom and added the deck. But the wood warped and the deck creaked when you walked just two years after I bought it. It was also a splinter magnet. I didn’t let my kids play on it with bare feet.
While you might think the point of a roof is to keep the sun and rain off, it was the dirt that was the worst. The dirt from the roof runoff (even with gutters!) was awful. The furniture was always dirty.
Here’s what we changed:
- 3 new posts underneath to carry the roof load
- 1 foot additional depth
- A small grill deck to the side that won’t be covered so the grills can blow smoke up
- A roof (!)
- Tongue and groove composite flooring
- Metal Trex railings
- Uplighting in the rafters
- 3 sun shades
- 2 fans
- 1 new light fixture
Here’s Thomas looking hot in his tool belt
Needless to say, we LOVE the porch!!! Now that the weather is warm, we are living on it. It’s one of those “how did we ever live without this” moments every single day. Everything is painted in Benjamin Moore’s clean white base paint.
Vaulted Ceiling + Fans
I told Thomas I wanted the ceilings as high as possible to let in the maximum amount of light to the house and give an open airy feel. The roof beam is 9′ high and the vaulted ceiling goes up very high onto the roof. It’s lovely! The fans are Minka Aire and have 6 speeds. They’re synced together or can operate alone.
Obviously I had to get on the shiplap trend. I’m as gaga for it as the rest of the country, and I love the clean, white look.
Tongue and Groove Composite Flooring
My favorite porch feature is actually the composite floor, which is by Wolf in the color Weathered Ipe. It’s as smooth and comfortable as an indoor wood floor on your feet. I don’t mind sitting or lying down on it at all! Such a change from the splintery deck wood.
Railings + Screens
We have Trex Signature Railings in Black and used ScreenEze Porch System for the screens. Typical builder stuff! And the sunshades are Oasis 2600 by Insolroll. They keep the sun out without taking away all of the view. We used Debbie with Gotcha Covered to order and install them. She is great!
And the lights are SO cool. Thomas and the electrician installed beautiful uplights in the rafters and they are dimmable using the Lutron wireless system. They’re LED strip lights.
We added this great outdoor table from West Elm: The Dexter Dining Table. I LOVE THIS TABLE! It has a leaf that expands it to seat 4 to 6-8 people that we store behind the couch when we have larger groups for entertaining. The wood is composite and outdoor safe and very smooth. It’s also the perfect beachy color. There’s an umbrella hole in the leaf, but I love that the hole is not visible when it’s a round 4-top.
I am also obsessed with our chairs from Article. They are the Zina Ember Black Dining Chair. (It appears that the ones with arms that we have are retired). The cording is cool in the summer and not cold in the winter. Black doesn’t show dirt or spills. They are lightweight and inexpensive and VERY comfortable!!
I already had the Palmetto All Weather Wicker Outdoor Sofa from Pottery Barn from my past porch. Mine is the DIY version with armless ends in the Honey color. The fabric is Sunbrella in a shade they do not sell anymore. I love the sofa overall, but I would advise getting an arm instead of armless because the cushions can shift. If I could buy it over, I wish I had gotten the Torrey. Absolutely get the upgraded Sunbrella fabric because I had some fading and staining issues with the PB brand fabric that I originally bought. The little blue and white stool was my grandmother’s.
The back yard view
That’s a wrap my friends!!