Category Archives: Screen porch design

How do you make your new screened porch look original to your home?

There are several factors that go into selecting the best design and architectural features to make your new porch or other outdoor structure look original to your home. Take a look at the photo below. You almost need to look at it for a few minutes to recognize that it’s the same home. The new screened porch was designed to work with the home and to look like it’s original to the home.

Lenexa KS screened porch before and after

Here are some of the ways we make the new structure look original to the home.

From an architectural perspective, one of the first key factors is evaluating the correct roofline for the addition. This house had multiple rooflines as is often typical of custom homes. In our design, we came up with a roof that complimented the home and one that worked in durability, drainage, size, and shape. This home has both gable roof lines and hip roof lines. Our new porch incorporated a gable peak into the roof to blend the porch perfectly with the architecture of the home.

Because this project was very high in the air – 13 or 14 ft, and the roof is well over 27’ or 28’, it was important to take into account how the height reflects the scale because things look different at that height than from the ground. Height does affect scale and this was an important consideration with the design.

Lenexa custom designed screened porchIn order to compliment the house, the homeowner agreed we needed something other than ceiling and screens. We felt we needed kneewall to blend into the house. We used half kneewall and half railing. That lends to the architectural look on the outside as well as on the inside. In the picture above, the area between the supporting posts and the screen is the interior kneewall of the porch. The picture to the left shows how this combination kneewall and railing looks. The railing has Deckorator balusters and a custom built cedar railing. This particular porch has a beautiful custom fireplace integrated into the porch which allows the homeowners to enjoy their screened porch a little longer throughout the year.

The screened porch exterior has custom siding trim and is painted to match the exterior of the home. All of these elements such as roof design, scale, trim, color, and kneewall contributed to making this porch look original to the home.

Steve Folsom - Kansas City deck and porch builder

Steve Folsom – Kansas City deck and porch builder

If you are considering adding a screened porch to your Kansas City area home, give us a call for a free consultation at (913) 851 – 3325 or send us an email at

To see more pictures, visit our screened porch photo gallery on our Archadeck of Kansas City website.

Top 10 keys for great screened porch design

When starting a new custom building project, it’s tough to differentiate the must-haves from the nice-to-haves. With a wedding, there is tested and true advice such as ensuring to really invest in photography because it will last forever. We’ve built hundreds of screened porches here in the Kansas City market and we want to share some details about the top must-haves to make it easier for you when you start planning a screened porch addition.

  1. Kansas City screen porchDoors: Traffic flow and patterns are affected by doors. Your exterior door from your porch to your yard will receive quite a bit of use so it’s important to invest in a high quality heavy duty door.
  2. Screening:  this is one of the most sensitive areas of the porch because it’s exposed to potential damage. Standard light-duty screening may provide you with years of headaches so it’s important to consider all available options.
  3. Electrical: Do you want to have ceiling fans, lighting, and outlets? Do you think you will use of any temporary heating, TV, stereos, speaker systems, or kitchen equipment? Make a list of your electrical needs and share them with your contractor.
  4. Composite Deck and Porch Combo in Overland Park KSMaterials:  There are a wide variety of both natural and man-made materials available. This variety applies to areas such as flooring, trim work, railing, steps, roof trim, and more. In each of these categories there are differing types of materials which might impact durability as well as looks.
  5. Maintenance and upkeep: This is directly related to quality of construction, materials, and the nature of the particular weather conditions in your part of the country. By properly selecting the materials, you not only get the lowest maintenance but also the best looking porch 5-10 years down the road.
  6. Roof style: On certain houses, certain roof styles work better than others. On some houses, there is more than one choice. Roof style and design not only has to be focused on durability but also interacts with style of your house. A properly designed roof will complement the architecture of your existing home.
  7. Screen porch Overland Park cedar floor wallpostsSize of furnishings: There is no one magical size to a porch. Many sizes work with different furniture sizes, uses, and family sizes. According to your plan for all 3, it may impact the size and shape of your porch.
  8. Zoning: There are many restrictions that cities and counties have about adding roofed structures to your home. They have specific setback requirements you have to adhere to which vary by location. A seasoned contractor will be familiar with the zoning requirements in your area.
  9. Ceilings: There are a wide variety of trims and looks that are available with varying prices and aesthetics. Vaulted ceilings are very popular on porches so the ceiling may become one of the focal points of your porch.
  10. Hire a professional: many builders advertise that they build screened porches, however the depth of experience in building porches varies a great deal. Some contractors consider themselves a porch builder if they only build one porch a year. So we recommend that clients always consider the reputation, background, experience, and depth of knowledge as it relates to porch building process.  It’s also very important to ask for references and check online review sites.

If you are considering adding a porch to your Kansas City area home, give us a call for a free consultation at (913) 851 – 3325 or send us an email at To see some Kansas City area screened porch pictures, take a look at our screen porch photo gallery on our website.