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Screened Porch Advice

16 years ago

I am about to get proposals for taking my 12x10 deck, expanding it to 20x16 and screening it in.

My brother recently did this and he brought up some concerns or must do's that his contractor told him. I wanted to see if you all agreed.

1. Our deck is level with the ground, it's first floor. His contractor told him in order to keep rain out, it was better to put hardiplank at least 18 inches from floor up to avoid rain and mud from coming in. He also extended the soffet to create an overhang to keep rain out.

2. My brother has wall to wall carpet-I do not want this look. Can't I keep the deck floor and have a screen put under to keep bugs out?

3. How do I keep the new deck and old deck floor looking like they match. Do we restain the whole thing?

4. Lastly I want a tongue and groove beadboard ceiling-can you suggest any nice mid color stains for the ceiling? I want the inside painted white but I think it will look nice with a stained ceiling. Any thoughts?


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