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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 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 to watch the wildlife.
Here's the process we went through to get this new screen room.
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.
Our screen room came through in good shape with no lost screen sections. Our area of Florida had the eye go right over us on its way to Orlando. We had winds of 70 and 80 mph with gusts up to 100 mph.
Some neighbors with 10-year-old screen rooms did lose some screening which isn't too surprising as the screens and splines holding it in weaken over time. At least that's what I've been told.
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.
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
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!