exterior shot of the finished porch and house
Photo: Anthony Tieuli

Inside Out

The mosquitoes drove us to it. My wife, Lorraine, and I love to spend summer evenings outdoors, lingering over a meal or just hanging out with friends. We'd gotten used to just swatting the bugs away, though with three teenage boys (and all their buddies) competing for space, we'd been tossing around the idea of adding a sheltered outdoor living area for years. But when the local paper reported that someone in a nearby town—we live in Reading, Massachusetts—came down with West Nile, which had been killing birds in the area, we figured it was time to act.
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