WINNER! Bug-Free Solitude: After

Who: Karl J.
Where: Boone, Iowa

Over the winter months, I designed this screened-in room to use standard lengths of lumber with very little waste. It measures 12 by 16 feet. Since we planned to stain it green and barn red, I used pressure-treated lumber, along with a metal roof and composite decking. The door was inspired by the trunks of oak trees on our property, and the flooring inside is standard lengths of low-maintenance composite decking. Our friends helped lift the big beams, and now they enjoy bird-watching and quiet evenings looking out into the trees with us.

Who did the work: I did all the work myself.
Cost: $1,000 to $5,000
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