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10 Inviting Lanais, Covered Porches and Outdoor Rooms

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

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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 and a swinging day bed make for a dreamy space to chill out in.

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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.

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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.

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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 living while still protected from the elements.

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Domed Lakehouse Room

This lake house room creates a relaxing space to hang out in with a massive domed ceiling overhead. The natural materials make for a very comfortable area, while the large, open windows bring the outside in.

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Over-Water Porch

You can actually rent this home that’s built over the water in La Parguera, Puerto Rico. The house, which can accommodate eight people, features a brilliant view of the water from its massive covered back porch.

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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 getting in the way.

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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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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.

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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.

Alexa Erickson
Alexa is an experienced lifestyle and news writer, currently working with Reader's Digest, Shape Magazine and various other publications. She loves writing about her travels, health, wellness, home decor, food and drink, fashion, beauty and scientific news. Follow her traveling adventures on Instagram: @living_by_lex, send her a message: [email protected] and check out her website: livingbylex.com