Think screened-in porches are reserved for sweet tea drinking and traditional living? Think again. Nowadays, the indoor/outdoor spaces serve as a practical beat-the-heat solution fit for any home type — Hawaiian beach cottage and Marfa desert house included. When it comes to enduring a blistering summer, having a screened in porch comes in second only behind having a private swimming pool, delivering temperature control, shade, and a barrier against skeeters.

In our own home, the screened-in porch has become our summertime haven. A place to savor our cups of coffee on Saturday morning, a distraction-free location for catching up with a friend visiting from out-of-town, and where our pup likes to take long, breezy naps. By decking the space out with comfy furniture and thoughtful details, there’s almost no other place in the house that can compete! Read on for the 10 screened rooms we want to be living in this summer.

In this restored Hawaiian cottage, a new screened in porch is painted dark green to reflect its tropical surroundings.

This screened-in porch by Billinkoff Architecture boasts a more elegant design than most homes!

A carefully crafted North Carolina porch is the star of this painstaking farmhouse remodel.

The screened in porch was a major selling point in purchasing our Austin home, and it’s the perfect place to gather with a small group of our friends.

This bed swing from The Porch Company is the most picturesque place to take a cat nap, via Country Living.

This industrial-meets-minimalist screened in porch is the definition of Marfa design, via Barbara Hill Design.

Another breezy porch that doesn’t disappoint: this South Carolina screened in space feels traditional but fresh all at once.

The vintage furniture in this screened in porch lends comfort and charm to the modern San Antonio space.

We love a large screened in porch that can fit both a seating and dining area, like this one in Marietta, Georgia. Goals.

An unexpected combination of paint colors brings a playful pop to this screened in space.

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