Before the advent of air conditioning, screened porches were provided as cool sleeping areas, as well as places to relax outdoors. Traditionally, it was considered healthful to sleep in the cold night air, even into the late fall. You need not agree with the medical value of this assertion to embrace the pleasures of a screened living area. Note the depth of this addition, more an outdoor living room than a shallow “sitting” porch. The design and trim detail is traditional, and fully in keeping with the Queen Anne style (Victorian) main house. What is not traditional is the screen system itself, which has become more flexible and adaptable, due to modern lightweight materials and functional design.

Traditional Victorian style screened living room, new addition.