Screen porch patio dining table
Photo: John Blais
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Screen Gem

From Screen Play, June 2000

This summer dining porch is especially inviting, with floor to ceiling screens that open the entire space to the outdoors. Sunlight and fresh air fill the room, and the brick floor gives the illusion of an exterior patio. This is an atmosphere I would love to enjoy throughout the year and, with winter rapidly approaching, I long for a four-season porch. If I were to recreate this room at my home, I would steal a tip from TOH's September '06 issue and build walls from storm doors with interchangeable screen-to-glass panels. Insulated glass walls plus a wood-burning stove would create a cozy "outdoor" retreat to sit and watch the snow fall.

—Carolyn Blackmar, editorial operations director
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