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Screened-In Porch Ideas

Extend your outdoor living space in your own unique style with these DIY construction tips and décor suggestions.

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Celebrate the Fourth of July: How to Hang the American Flag

Ask This Old House carpenter and U.S. Navy veteran Nathan Gilbert explains the proper way to hang and display a U.S. flag.

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How to Repair a Rotted Porch Post

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to permanently patch a decaying porch post

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How to Build Porch Stairs

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva builds a safe and solid set of porch stairs.

How to Install a Lattice Under Deck

Dress up your front porch with hinged panels of plastic skirting.

How to Screen in a Porch

A clever new way to replace or install a porch screen.

Get a Safer, Stronger Material for Your Porch

Even the best-treated wood can cup, buckle, and warp. If you’re in the market for porch products, here’s what you should know about an alternative to wood that’s guaranteed to stand the test of time, at a price that’s competitive with pine and fir.

All About Porches

Let’s talk about all the details that can make a perfect porch.

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Build Removable Wood-Framed Screens

Tom Silva and Jeff Sweenor illustrate how to make removable screens for a screened porch

Modern Porch Materials With Period-Perfect Appeal

Finally, a porch flooring, ceiling, and shutter product that combines the period-authentic charm of wood with the durability of synthetics—in a structurally superior, paintable, historically accurate product that’s guaranteed not to warp, rot, or buckle. Read on to see how this uniquely formulated alternative can add sustainable style to your home.

Reader Project | How to Build a Porch Pirate-Proof Bench

A reader shares his ingenious solution for safeguarding delivered packages

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How to Hang a Porch Swing through Vinyl

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva adds structure to a porch in order to safely hang a swing

Behind the Scenes: Jamestown Porch

The Net Zero house gets a handsome place to sit a spell

How to Build a Simple Porch Swing

This streamlined outdoor seat is budget-friendly and simple to build using basic cuts and common stock

Photoshop Redo: Reinventing a Style Misfit

A 1970s split-level gets a curb-appeal boost from an inviting entry porch, new siding, and updated windows and trimwork

Turn a Porch Into an Outdoor Room with Shutters

Install shutters outdoors to create this character-filled look

Apprentice Diaries: Rebuilding the Newton Porch

The Generation NEXT apprentices frame the porch that they took down last week.

Welcoming Front Porch for $286

A little paint and some seating transform a neglected entry area into a charming outdoor room

5 Ways to Paint a Porch Floor

Pro painter Brian Carter’s beautiful ideas to dress up an old porch floor

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How to Replace a Broken Front Porch Board

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva fixes a front porch by replacing a deck board

How to Patch a Porch Floor

An easy upgrade for safer stepping

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How to Install a Porch Column

Tom Silva shows the proper way to install a structural and decorative column on a front porch. He also demonstrates several ways to install weatherproof flashing

A Colorful Queen Anne Porch Revival

A 1902 house's long-neglected porch regains its turn-of-the-century charm

The Belmont Victorian House: Period Porch Overhaul

The wraparound porch of this Queen Anne puts history front and center in the latest TOH TV house project

Create a Festive Entry Design

Add warmth with soft paint hues, real greenery, and a perch with patina

From Plain to Period-Perfect Back Porch

A healthy dose of Craftsman detail and a cheerful color palette give a new back porch front-and-center personality

Rebuilt Wrap-Around Porch for a Folk Victorian

A newlywed's stepdad recreated detailed gingerbread trim for the best curb appeal redo from the Search for America's Best Remodel 2015

How to Weatherproof Furniture

Save money by prepping furniture with these weather-guarding hacks

A Porch Makeover for $367

Craftsman-style pillars give a tired front entry a welcoming face

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How to Build a Porch Rail

Building a perfect-fit handrail with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva

A Porch Railing With Pizzazz

The This Old House TV team creates a railing of flatsawn balusters that packs a big visual punch

Photoshop Redo: Bringing Back a Dutch Colonial's Charm

Traditional siding and a gracious porch restore curb appeal to a 1930s house