Considerations for a small screen porch
We are meeting with a contractor this weekend about the feasibility of turning our small back deck into a screened-in porch. Unless we expand the existing footprint -- and I don't think we will, and I also don't think we can because we are at our "maximum coverage" on our lot -- the whole thing will be about 8' x 11'. Basically big enough for a loveseat, chair, end table, and small coffee table. If you have a small porch like this, do you have any special considerations I should keep in mind?
One big question is the swing of the door going from the porch to the patio below. I think the door probably has to swing IN, right? That stinks because that door swing will take up a lot of potential interior space. Or maybe I'm wrong about the door swing? When you exit the porch, you will be going down 2 steps to a patio.
I do think I also want screens that can be removed and replaced w/ storm windows, as opposed to just a wall of screen, if you know what I mean. And rather than having the screen go from floor to ceiling, I want the bottom 1/4 or 1/3 to be wall, because we have (short) dogs who will probably push their heads through the screen if a bird flies by.
Need to figure out lighting, too, because I will want to read out there at night. Maybe just an overhead light plus an indoor/outdoor lamp -- I have an indoor/outdoor floor lamps on our beach cottage porch and love it.
I guess I'm mostly looking for ideas on how to maximize the small space, and/or any "don't make the mistake I made" advice!
If you have a screened-in porch, what do you have for a floor? Our current deck has Trex flooring; not sure if we can/should keep that or not.