10 Design Ideas for Your Chicagoland Screen Porch

Ten popular screen porch design ideas by Archadeck of Chicagoland.


Screen porches are a great way to experience the outdoors while remaining protected from elements like rain and snow.  Today’s custom screened porch designs can be as elaborate or simple as you choose. Match your home, opt for a finished look, or keep it rustic and outdoorsy.  Here are ten popular design elements to consider as you plan your screen porch.

Skylights and Exposed Rafters

Exposed rafters create a rustic look and skylights let in more sun.

Screen Porch with Skylights by Chicago Screen Porch Builder Archadeck of Chicagoland

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Screen Porches: Bring the Outdoors In

Screen Porch

Screen porches blur the lines between your outdoor and indoor living spaces and are great for extending the time you spend enjoying the outside. There are many details that make your screen room perfect for your family.  At Archadeck, we enjoy helping our clients discover these details as we design the outdoor living space they envision.

Screen porch with deck

Comfortable living spaces allow you to enjoy the great outdoors while also offering protection from the rain and snow.

Screen Porch View

Aesthetically pleasing and highly versatile Vertical 4-Track windows transform your screen porch into a space that is usable three seasons or even all year round.  These vinyl windows are available in multiple sizes and are designed to allow you to open them 25%, 50%, or 75%.

Windows for Screen Porch

Lifestyle rails inside the porch function as both a safety feature and a drink rail, creating a space to place drinks, plants, and toys.

Knee Wall for Screen Room

Exposed beams and skylights give the room a bright, spacious, and airy feel.

Open Rafter Ceiling

Low voltage lighting on the stairs light the way when the sun begins to go down.

Deck Lighting

Rope lighting under the rails of the deck create a soft, ambient glow.  Deckorator pickets create a striking and beautiful look to the deck.

Deck Rail Lighting

Attaching decks to your screen porch gives you space for grilling and outdoor seating.

There are so many options available to you when building a screen porch.  Our Design Consultants walk you through every step of the way, designing outdoor living space of your dreams.  If you would like to speak with someone about your next outdoor project, give us a call at (847) 749-2373 or email us at chicagoland@archadeck.net.  We would love the opportunity to turn your dreams into a reality.

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Screen Rooms, Sunrooms, Additions…What’s the Difference?

With spring upon us, perhaps you’ve decided that now is the time to add a screen room to your home…or maybe a sunroom.  Your neighbors call it a three-season room but the guy down the street says it is a brand new addition.  What do we call these structures and how can you make sure you’re getting what you envision?

In the years that I have owned the Archadeck of Chicagoland, I’ve heard screen porch and sunrooms referred to in a number of different ways.  At the end of the day though, the term you use isn’t nearly as important as finding a design that meets your needs.  To find that, you’ll need to know the basic differences between a screen room, a sunroom, and an addition.

A room addition has a higher ratio of solid walls to windows than a sunroom does.  With the added insulation and full HVAC, these rooms are functional year round. This is basically a new space that is designed to expand your home.

Sunrooms are rooms that are built to maximize the amount of light and ventilation while offering complete protection from rain and wind.  The glass intensifies the sun’s rays to heat the room; this is great in the chilly spring and fall seasons.  In the summer you can open the windows to allow the flow of a warm breeze.  Sunrooms are usually insulated and sometimes heated.

Sunroom built by Archadeck of Chicagoland

A screen room is an enclosure similar to a sunroom, but we replace the glass windows with fiberglass screens.  This provides an open and airy environment that allows you to appreciate everything nature has to offer without being bothered by pesky insects or light rain.  Many screen porches we build are really three season rooms as we utilize non-glass windows that offer multi-season protection.  These options offer significant savings when compared to traditional sunrooms while still providing optimal protection from the outdoor elements

Screen room built by Archadeck of Chicagoland

As you contemplate the different options, be sure to consider the ways you plan to use the room.  Figuring out how your new room will be used most often will help you determine which is best for you.

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Turn your house outside in with a new screened porch

David Berryhill, Archadeck of Chicagoland, asks if you would like to see some of his favorite screened porch designs on You Tube.

When I look back at my portfolio of some of my favorite Archadeck of Chicagoland outdoor deck designs, those that stand out the most are the ones that include a screened porch.

Picture this. Walking out through your rear patio door onto a diagonally-patterned wood deck (or composite, if you want virtually zero maintenance). And to your left is an awesome screened porch, your private sanctuary.

It’s the perfect place to listen to your favorite music, with maybe your favorite scented candle nearby, and a glass of chilled chardonnay — just perfect for a warm weather evening. And let’s bring a bowl of fresh fruit from the farmers market.

Most of my clients literally change the way they live once the new screened porch is completed. It’s almost as if they can escape to some leisure oasis, to escape the trails and tribulations of a long and tedious work day.

I’m think of posting some of my screened porch designs on You Tube. Would you be interested? And if so, what would you like to see? Are screened porches of interest to you?