My new screened porch

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Project by VaprTral posted 01-22-2014 06:05 PM 1922 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my wife decided that we needed a new deck…which turned into a new screened porch. It took me a month to complete. Other than some help from neighbors to lift the header and ledger boards, I did all the work myself. (the header and ledger boards are stacked 2×10s with 1/2 inch ply in the middle to make them a true 4 inch thickness)

The ENTIRE deck is constructed with exterior torx bit screws and galvanized bolts/nuts. The ONLY nails in the project are in the shingles.

I’m in the process of planing the old deck boards to cut a tongue and groove in them to make the ceiling. I’m partially finished with it, but don’t want to post photos of it until complete. I have about another 100 hours to complete.

Here are some photos of before, during, and after. Thanks for stopping by.

-- "The more we think we know about, the greater the unknown." Neil Peart

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#1 posted 01-22-2014 06:53 PM

I’d love to live in a spot where I could hang drapes outdoors :) Up in my little Welsh valley the wind and rain (it’s not unusual, seriously, for the wind to be 50mph and often a lot higher. and the rain, well, I lived in Vancouver BC most of my life and I thought I’d seen some rain but no. It rains here, a lot) would reduce the screens, the drapes and the furnishings (all of which are lovely, BTW) into soggy torn shreds in a week. Just soooo jealous…

Really nice new room for you guys. Beautiful work.

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#2 posted 01-22-2014 06:53 PM

I built one on back of our house about three years ago. Best present we ever gave ourselves.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#3 posted 01-22-2014 06:57 PM

Very nice job.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#4 posted 01-22-2014 07:27 PM

Nice job!

I want to do something similar when I rebuild my deck, but I would have to mount the screens in a removable frame for winter.

-- -- Benoit

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#5 posted 01-22-2014 08:38 PM

That is a very nice rebuild. I noticed you burned the midnight oil in build it, good job!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#6 posted 01-22-2014 11:43 PM

Great looking deck. Where I grew up in Ohio, many years ago my Dad built a Deck like yours…a sun deck they called it. Were able to use it in the winter buy installing the storm windows and opening the french doors from the house to heat it…I really liked that deck as well…great place to play as a young boy (was I really a young boy once)

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 01-23-2014 02:04 AM

I’m super jealous. I have a roof that comes down at two different angles, and I have to worry about snow loads, so I don’t even know what to do. Looks awesome!

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#8 posted 01-23-2014 02:47 AM

Nice looking work, well done -

Dogs like to run into screens when a cat or another dog is suddenly seen on the outside. – my experience -
Hope you fare better. Your work looks too good for that.

-- Barry

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