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10 Inviting Screen Porches, Rooms and Lanais

Cozy up with a view of the great outdoors with these screen porches, rooms and lanais.

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porch bed Grand Floridian Builders

Tropical Lanai Porch

This second-story lanai allows for a different type of vantage point than your typical ground-level view. An exposed-beam ceiling, cypress columns an of course, a swinging day bed make for a dreamy space in which to chill out. If you’re getting major feels from this swing, be sure to check out these 10 pretty porch swings.

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porchOmar Salinas, HiTech Photo, Inc.

Treehouse Screen Porch


The architects behind this unique design sought to create a more intimate connection with nature. To do so, they introduced natural materials and organic, rounded shapes. Much like the tropical lanai, this treehouse screen porch is situated high in the sky, with a view of the surrounding forest. Get inspired to make a treehouse of your own with these 50 DIY treehouses made from reclaimed materials.

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lake porchSusan Teare

Modern Lake House Screened Porch


When there’s a beautiful view right outside your home, it would be an injustice not to invite it in. The design of this home takes advantage of southern lake views and solar exposure. The result is a sunny, warm and serene space, including the screened porch that’s equal parts modern as much as it is rustic. Getting inspired? Here’s how to build a screened in patio.

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front porchBrandon Webster Photography

Cedar Porch


This slightly more urban home takes advantage of the backyard trees by creating a cedar wood screened porch that allows you to feel a little touch of outdoor paradise while still protected from the elements. Here’s how to build an outdoor living room so you can enjoy the outside from inside too.

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domeNorthcape Design Build

Domed Lakehouse Room


This lake house room makes for one sweet space to chill out with the massive domed ceiling overhead. The natural materials make for a very comfortable area, while the windows bring the outside in. If you love remote nature homes, check out these 16 amazing cabins.

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white porchVRBO

Over-water Porch


Located in La Parguera, Puerto Rico, you can actually rent this home that’s situated over the water. The wooden structure, that can accommodate eight people, features a brilliant view of the water from the porch. The massive back porch is covered, allowing you to shade yourself from the sun while still taking in the stunning water all around you. If this feels like your dream home, then you have to check out these 10 over-water bungalows that are truly like living in a paradise.

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pool Estudio Zugazarte

Indoor Pool Room


This gorgeous estate, situated in Cantabria—an autonomous region on Spain’s north coast— s done in classic Mediterranean style with a very castle-like feel. Among the best features is surely the indoor pool room that offers incredible natural light to make it feel like it’s outside, but without the elements to get in the way. If you think castles are dreamy, check out these 50 extremely remote castles.

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cabinLOHSS Construction

Rustic Family Room


This Big Sky, Montana log cabin mansion has one inviting rustic family room that brings the mountains in. If you don’t live in the mountains but would like a backyard stream that looks like you do, check out this one-weekend, low-maintenance fountain.

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gardenJonathan Miller Architecture and Design

French Country Greenhouse Room


This remote home tucked in the woods offers a room perfect for the plant lover. An ode to a typical greenhouse, you can get your hands a little dirty even on a rainy day. If you love this look, here’s how to build a mini greenhouse with an old window.

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indoor poolE.W. Tarca Construction

Poolside Lanai


Swimming pools contained with a lanai are particularly popular in Florida. Not only does this extravagant lanai porch design permit some privacy, but also protects the pool, patio furnishings and toys. Check out these amazing backyard swimming pools.

Alexa Erickson
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