While many companies around the country make wooden screen doors and porch panels, Clermont typically uses sturdy Ponderosa pine doors handcrafted by CDC (Combination Door Company), a fourth-generation manufacturer in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The style he chose for this project in Bridgehampton, New York, even comes with a true-divided-light insert to match the French doors that lead into the kitchen. The inserts are held in place with factory­installed thumb­latches, "a beautiful thing," from this man's point of view, "since it means we don't have to screw a bunch of hardware into every panel, which can get pretty tedious." The easily operated mechanism (no tools required) also makes life easier for the homeowner when it's time to switch out the inserts or remove them for cleaning or repairs.

Situated off the home's large country kitchen and adjacent dining room, the addition measures 16 feet 6 inches by 19 feet 10 inches and uses a total of 14 doors: a dozen of them stationary, and two hinged and bolted to create a wide double entry. "Guy convinced me to make the room as big as possible, and to jut it straight out into the backyard to expose three long walls to the ocean breezes," says the owner. Ceiling fans, a smart option for porches with less airflow, are not necessary here, two miles from the Atlantic.

The resulting room is one of the most welcoming parts of the house and has made the whole place feel ­bigger. "This is where everyone wants to be now—it's the dining room, family room, and living room," the owner says. "Even in the dead of winter, when I look out through the kitchen's French doors, it feels like summer."
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