With rain and warm temperatures come mosquitos; it’s a reality in a most places.  The porch was losing its usefulness due to these bloodsuckers and other annoying insects; something had to be done.  Jim didn’t want to compromise the beauty of his creation with an unsightly framework, however, so a better solution would be found.  And it was!

A quick search on Amazon provided just what was needed: a roll of 8′ wide window screen in black.  Jim created an incredibly simple but beautiful and highly functional solution to screen the porch without giving up the openness or obscuring architectural details.  He installed narrow strips of wood (painted black) adjacent to the four posts and two pilasters.  Then he installed a tack strip (used to hold wall-to-wall carpeting tight) above the brackets (along the bottom of the entablature).

He then stretched the screen from post to post, anchoring it along the top with the tack strip.  A second layer of narrow wood strips were added to hold the screen tight.  The bottom of the screen simply curls onto the floor and is weighted with long pieces of molding (many of which are waiting to be painted black).  The final step was to build a screened door which is the full width of the space between the center posts.

The result is a screened-in porch which is about as visually innocuous as is humanly possible!   After two days of use, the only downside is that the screen is a magnet for the “cotton” shed by cottonwood trees this time of year.  Fortunately, a broom removes it fairly easily.  The cats are still a bit puzzled by this latest change; a new access flap for them is in the works.


Fully screened without compromising architectural details!



There is a full-width screened door between these two posts.  Can you spot the handle on it?


View from the south.


Detail of hardware: a repurposed drawer knob, a salvaged and repaired screen door pull, and a recycled hook and eye.


Detail of repaired screen door pull.  The top part had broken off, but Jim used an old washer to hold it tight and give it a new life.  The camera’s flash reveals that I need to put another coat of red on the post bands!


The top rail of the door is a shelf-like piece of wood which serves to close a slight gap at the top. It also conceals an old screen door spring which helps to hold the door tight to the post. The fuzzy white stuff is from the cottonwoods!


From the inside, the view remains intact.


The screened door is closed yet it remains invisible!




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