One of my favorite ways to spend a spring morning is sitting outside on the deck with a mug of coffee, maybe a bowl of oatmeal or stack of pancakes, and read in the early morning quiet.

Only for the last 6 weeks, prime spring-time, our deck has been out of commission. {And our neighbors look at me funny if I sit on the front steps in my PJs.} I’ve been missing those few minutes of solitude before the day starts, but it’s been for a good reason.

We’re building a screen porch!

Sort of. We’re screening in our deck and calling it a screened in porch. That’s pretty much the same thing, right?

It’s been a long process. Though we’re not quite finished, the end is in sight!

deck building supplies

Before:

old deck

During:

Demo was by far the best part of the project.

deck demo

Walls and rafters going up.

building walls and rafters

Lots of measuring, re-measuring, and cutting. {We only cut one board upside down. And by we I don’t mean me.}

wood cutting saw

We worked hard getting the ceiling up, and almost as hard pulling it down when we realized it was indoor only material. But ceiling v2 {the wood looking one} was far better than ceiling v1 {the white one}.

installing porch ceiling

Finally it was time for painting. And the best part…screening!

screening in prochIMG_2554

After {so far}:

screened in porch progress

We’ve trimmed the outside of the screen since this picture, but still need to put up a new door {it broke during painting}, work on the patio at the bottom of the stairs, and finish the flooring. I vote keeping it wood and putting down a rug. The husband wants indoor/outdoor carpet. Any guesses whose gonna win that battle?

{Hint: it likely won’t be me. I already lost the “paint the house yellow battle” and “paint the ceiling blue like Charleston porches battle”.