The Case for the Open-Air Porch

A screened porch, John Paulin says, brings the indoors outside. An open porch brings the outdoors inside.

Lighting extends the time homeowners can, and will, use an outdoor structure such as an open porch.

All the amenities that can be brought into a screened porch—electrical outlets, lighting, fans, a fireplace—can also be included in an open porch.

The greatest advantage of the open porch over screens is a view.

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