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Backyard Creations of Jacksonville (and Orange Park) has been designing, engineering and installing beautiful sunrooms, screen rooms, pool cages and more in Jacksonville backyards for many years. Contact Kieth Barry directly at 904-237-6981 for a consultation and estimate for your project.

Saturday
Jun262010

Upgraded Screen Door Options

Did you know you could extend your backyard living and entertainment space for just 10 to 20 percent of what you would spend on an interior renovation or expansion? A screenroom is just one way to add square footage to your home without breaking the bank. Protect your home and family from unwanted pests while still enjoying the great outdoors. Here are a few suggestions for upgrading and updating your screened-in backyard space.

Sliding Screen Doors

The great thing about adding a sliding screen door to your screenroom or sunroom is that they not only create a bug-free home environment, but also virtually disappear when not in use. Out of sight, out of mind. Try a “phantom” screen door, which pulls out from the side just like a window blind. They lock closes with a magnetic catch and since the screen is held tight by spring pressure, they can tolerate a person or pet walking into it without breaking. Also, make sure to choose a quality slider for your space – it will be one of the most heavily used entries in your home.

French Screen Doors

A great way to upgrade your outdoor space is with French screen doors. It’s not uncommon for homes to have existing French doors going out to the patio, pool area or backyard space. However, homeowners who want to keep the sophisticated look of French doors and add the practicality of screen doors are in luck. A sliding track can easily be installed in front of the French door to keep your home free of pesky bugs and critters. FYI: If you’re not hiring a professional, make sure to pay close attention to the French door handles and make sure they won’t catch on the screen door. 

Removable Doors and Walls

There are a slew of different screen options for the commitment phobic’s out there. If you’re not looking for a solid tie to screening in your backyard space, try Universal Screen Enclosures. They’re a great way to shield your patio, spa, pool or garden from falling leaves and bugs. Delivered in sections, it’s a great option for the do-it-yourselfer. You can remove the roof screen to allow sunlight to shine down or even add panels for harsh weather.

One of the neatest (and easiest) temporary screen additions you can add to your home is the Instant Door Screen. They’re simple to install – just attach a tension rod to the top of your doorframe – and allows you to walk back and forth from your outdoor space hands-free – closing automatically with two magnetic fasteners. 

Monday
May172010

Choosing a Roof Style for Your Jacksonville Screenroom

There are many options available when building a custom screen enclosure in your Jacksonville backyard. One topic that is sometimes overlooked is the roof structure. Here are some important factors to take into consideration when choosing your screen design. 

Architectural: Look at the style of your existing roof. Which of these styles will flow nicely with your home's roof, keeping any existing lines or angles?

Maintenance: Do you have trees in the area that may drop pine needles or leaves on the screen? A roof with more pitch like a Hip or a Peak may help prevent accumulation.

Planting: Sometimes the screenroom may have its own protected ecosystem - allowing you to plant more tropical species of plants. Take the roof height into consideration if you want to plant larger trees and shrubs within the screen.

 

Saturday
Dec012007

Screenroom & Sunroom Glossary

Atrium: Also called cavaedium, the main or central room of a building or house. Usually open to the sky or skylit.

Cathedral: A ceiling higher than that of other rooms in a house. Sometimes formed by or suggesting an open-timbered roof.

Conservatory: A greenhouse, usually attached to a dwelling, for growing and displaying plants.

Flat roof: A type of covering of a building or house. In contrast to the sloped form of a roof, a flat roof is horizontal or nearly horizontal.

Gable: The portion of the front or side of a building enclosed by or masking the end of a pitched roof.

Gazebo: A small roofed structure that is screened or open on all sides, used for outdoor entertaining and dining.

Greenhouse: A building, room or area, usually chiefly in glass, in which the temperature is maintained within a desired range, used for cultivating tender plants or growing plants out of season.

Hip roof: A type of roof where all sides slope downwards to the walls, usually with a fairly gentle slope.

Polycarbonate roof: A type of thermoplastic characterized by high-impact strength, lightweight and flexibility that’s used as a patio roof.

Roll top awning: A roll of awning material that sits on top of the screen room and rolls out with the help of a crank.

Screen: A frame with fine wire netting used in a window or doorway to keep out mosquitoes and other flying insects.

Screenroom: An outdoor space enclosed with screen material.

Solarium: A room fitted with extensive areas of glass to admit sunlight.

Sunroom: Also called a sun parlor, a room or enclosed porch with large windows to let sunlight in freely.

Vaulted: An arched structure forming a ceiling or roof over a wholly or partially enclosed construction.

Wind wall: A free-standing screen enclosure that can reduce exposure to wing in your outside space.