Home buyers place top priority on how a home will "live" both inside and outside. Spending a relaxing evening outdoors, feeling the summer breeze is a must have experience for most. Decks, patios and porches make for exceptional outdoor living space as do those ultimate outdoor kitchens and the luxury poolside cabanas that have become so very popular.
On occasion, Midwest living calls for a bit of shelter from the bite. And thus some insect exposed outdoor living spaces remain unused during the buggy portion of our short summer season. For many homeowners the screen enclosed room is the champion of outdoor living spaces. Today we see screened rooms finished as if the outside was inside, complete with comfortably casual furnishings, lighting, art, rugs and accessories.
What's the latest design trend in screened rooms? Enormous would be the answer. Some impressive designs include space for large dinner gatherings for twenty or more and plenty of space for living room scale furnishings. The screened room in this Galien River Lodge, on Water Street in New Buffalo, features views of the coastal marsh and a dramatic fireplace. Wood burning stoves and sophisticated gas heat sources that help to extend the outdoor living season from early spring to late fall.
Screen rooms are on sale this season and all of them come with beautiful homes attached! Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff Chicago Realtor Jennifer Mills Klatt, says of her own poolside screened room connected to a charming Harbor Country getaway cottage on First Street in Lakeside Michigan, "We spend most our time on the pool deck and in our screened room during the summer months. It's our family gathering place morning, afternoon and evening".
Whether it is for lounging, dining or gathering the popular screened room has been escalated to nearly a must have status. If you are shopping for new home or considering enhancements to your own home, think about living on the outside and potential resale value of inside outdoor living spaces.