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.