Virginia writes about Florida living, decorating, and retirement. She shares her experiences to help others.
Construction of a Florida Screen Room
Recently, we hired a company to construct a large screen room of about 2,000 square feet. People use these outdoor living spaces a lot in Florida. Many have a pool or a hot tub. Even without one of those, it's best to get the largest space you can afford. Winters in Florida are mild enough to spend your days outside quite a bit of the time.
We had a previous screen room that we had torn down and the surface of the pavers removed. They put down easy-care concrete with special cooling properties. Then they built a new structure, a large screen room.
For us, it provides space to entertain all our neighbors or to host visitors who come to see us in the winter. We have a hot tub, but our screen room will also serve as an outdoor kitchen, our regular dining area, a place to lounge by the lake or watch the wildlife.
Here's the process we went through to get this new screen room.
10 Steps for a Screen Room Project
- Decide on the size and shape you want.
- Ask friends, family, neighbors for recommendations of companies.
- Check reviews at the Better Business Bureau and online review sites like Yelp.
- Get proposals from various construction companies that specialize in screen rooms.
- Review the proposals and prices, choose a company.
- Get architectural approval from your community (if necessary) and building permits from the local government.
- Have landscaping and irrigation system removed from the area where the screen room will be.
- Have termite treatment done before the base is put down.
- Construction begins.
- Check for any issues before giving final approval on the finished project.
The Final Result
Many thanks to MD Construction of Winter Haven for their careful and precise work. Their workers were meticulous and put in a full day's work, sometimes staying until dark to finish.
There were some delays due to thunderstorms and heavy rain, but that is unavoidable in Florida in the summer. If you construct your screen room during the winter, you won't have that issue.
I like to garden so I grow various flowering plants in containers. It's rare for central Florida to get a hard freeze and the mild winters let me grow many ornamentals inside the screen room.
We've made wonderful friends right on our street so the screen room will be spacious enough to host some fun neighborhood parties. There's room to set up a number of tables so everyone can sit down to eat and chat.
On a daily basis, we like to eat outside whenever it's not too hot or too cold. Ceiling fans over the dining area offset some of that Florida humidity. After dinner, it's relaxing to stretch out on the deck chairs and gaze at the lake and the wildlife.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: Will a screen room stand up to Florida's hurricanes?
Answer: When constructing a screen room in Florida, the local building codes dictate that it must be able to withstand certain speed of winds. It varies with the locale. Because we are away from the coast, ours was built to withstand 140 mph winds.
© 2017 Virginia Allain
Tell Me about Your Ideas for Your Screen Room
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 02, 2017:
Wow, I bet you are the envy of just everyone! Beautiful.
kimbesa from USA on September 02, 2017:
That will be a wonderful addition to a relaxing Florida home!