Permit Screen Doors Mesh With Your Style

I love front doors that have glass to bring in additional light to brighten the home’s entry area. And in warmer weather, having the ability to open the front door to permit all that light and fresh air to come indoors is really a wonderful thing. However, I so dislike so many of the screen doors that are readily available. It is truly sad when a beautiful front door is covered with a screen door that little thought was given to.

For those wondering where they can get a nicer screen door, a good local carpenter ought to have the ability to create one or, even better, try out a regional millwork firm. I have had great experiences with millworkers, since these people have the right skills and tools for producing just about any door you style. And though the price can get up there to get some of these doors, many of the examples below can be obtained for just marginally more than the ubiquitous aluminum doors from the big-box retailers.

So have at it. Let your imagination be your guide in developing a beautiful screen door that fits you and your property. Let’s take a look at a few examples of screen doors that do precisely that.

Susan Wallace

Susan Wallace

1. Ensure it is artful. Artist Susan Wallace in Austin, Texas, generates screen doors that are unique and intriguing. Whether as studies of circles or …

Susan Wallace

Susan Wallace

… as branches, Wallace’s screen doors are as much about art as they are about work. You can see more of those doors and her artwork here.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

2. Make it colorful. One of the great advantages of using wood to get a screen door is that it can be painted as you’d like. So go on and paint the door the exact same color as the trim so the shade joins all of the nice detail collectively.

Blue Sky Building Company

3. Make it fun. The screen door doesn’t need to be squares and rectangles. How about some patterns and cutouts? A carpenter or woodworker can create something similar to that for you.

Rethink Design Studio

4. Make it a double click. Display doors can be double doors also, especially when they’re part of the whole porch. Just be cautious and use some additional reinforcing, like a cable rail, to keep these doors from warping and sagging.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Whether at the line of the porch or the house wall, a double screen door will certainly keep the inside light, bright, refreshing and bug free.

All About Windows Inc

Motorized Screen Door

5. Permit it retract. Not so much a doorway in the conventional sense, these screen panels retract into the structure, and the tracks are integrated neatly. They are a well-thought-out solution whenever there are multiple screen panels.

Bud Dietrich, AIA

6. Make it a combo. A screen panel in the hot weather can easily give way to a glass panel if it is cold outside. This keeps the screen door useful all year round.

Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, Inc..

7. Match the entry door. Do not hide some of the pleasant features of the main door. Instead, make sure the structure (stiles and rails) of this screen door up with those in the main door.

Castle Homes

8. Let things slide. A screen door doesn’t need to be hinged. In reality, there will be a number of situations when you’re want that screen door to slide to the side — something that is easily done with an overhead track.

Grizzly Iron, Inc

9. Ensure it is metal. Whether you have a wrought metal door created or …

John Termeer

… you repurpose a closed wrought iron gate, a screen door like this will add beauty and security to your home while keeping it bug free.

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This time of year, al fresco living feels like sheer luxury: satiny blue skies, lush gardens and trees wild with vibrant blooms. But what if you’re short on outdoor area to enjoy spring at its summit? No matter — you can turn even the tiniest of patios into an inviting retreat. Have a look.

Dufner Heighes Inc

Spring-fresh furnishings with powerful, sculptural lines spark this differently basic patio. The sea green of the seat and chairs brings the greens out of these plants, although the tabletop evokes the impression of blossom petals.


The angled couch makes clever use of this diminutive outdoor nook. By not chopping up the terrace, it makes the space feel bigger than it actually is and provides ample seating for a cozy gathering of a couple of friends (or longer, in case nobody has personal space issues). Upholstery that is the same creamy color as the brick walls also expands the terrace visually.

Feldman Architecture, Inc..

With a minimalist, Zen feel, this tiny courtyard invites quiet contemplation. The narrow built-in seat is intended to not waste an inch of distance, and its subtlety retains the focus on the gorgeous pattern of these pavers and plantings in the center.

Kentaro Kurihara

What should you do if you have only a sliver of outdoor floor space? Believe vertically. Despite its Lilliputian dimensions, this terrace has enough breathing space above to block it from feeling helpless.

Ben Herzog

Sometimes a simple strategy is all you need. A set of chairs tucked casually on this miniature patio offers an ideal spot to perch for a bit and inhale the fresh air.

A patio does not have to be attached right to the house. Located to one side of the garden and surrounded by thick plantings, this one has the feel of a secluded retreat.

Shades Of Green Landscape Architecture

Rather than squeezing in a full size dining table and chairs, these homeowners went straight for relaxation — and who could blame them? Roomy chaise longues are only right for afternoon siestas in the shade.

A crossover between a deck and a terrace, this platform extends right from the inside, merging outdoors and indoors without missing a beat.

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