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Issue 31 · Height of Summer · August 4, 2015

Steal This Look: The Perfect Screened Porch

Issue 31 · Height of Summer · August 4, 2015

A screened porch sets the stage for the perfect summer evening: lazy, breezy, and ideally accompanied by a glass of wine and a group of fellow lollers. The best part? No insects allowed.

Architects Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown's screened porch at their weekend place in Rhinebeck, New York, stands out as a model of the form. When the two renovated their house, a farmer's cottage, they introduced a pleasing blend of green walls (so dark they border on Gothic) and midcentury Danish antiques. We studied the ingredients that make Tsao & McKown's porch so appealing and sourced the key elements. Whether or not you happen to have a porch, here's how to create a similar indoor/outdoor look.

N.B.: For our Steal This Look on the interior of the house, see Danish Modern in Upstate New York.

Tsao & McKown Architects Screen Porch in Upstate | Remodelista

Above: From a distance, the exterior wash of forest green paint reads as almost black. Photograph by Richard Powers for Tsao & McKown Architects.

Tsao & McKown Architects Screen Porch in Upstate | Remodelista

Above: A welcoming collection of mismatched antiques. Photograph by Richard Powers for Tsao & McKown Architects.

Tsao & McKown Architects Screen Porch in Upstate | Remodelista

Above: Sculptural wood bowls and other pieces work well with the wooden furniture. Photograph by Richard Powers for Tsao & McKown Architects.

The Essentials

Architects' Exterior Green Paint Picks on Gardenista

Above: The screened porched is a mix of dark green paint colors. Re-create the palette with Benjamin Moore's Cedar Path 454 on the walls and ceiling, and Farrow & Ball's Studio Green, an almost-black green, as an accent color. For more options, have a look at our Gardenista post Seeing Green: Architects Pick the Best Exterior Green Paints.

Rais Gabo Wood Burning Stove | Remodelista

Above: A favorite freestanding stove, the Rais Gabo Wood Stove, has a curved front and a well-sealed firebox that ensures optimal combustion control. It incorporates a convection grate above the combustion chamber and wood storage space underneath. Available in black or gray steel; $3,890. Contact Rais to locate a dealer near you. For other options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Freestanding Wood Stoves.

Schoolhouse Electric Alabax Surface Mount Fixture | Remodelista

Above: A series of six porcelain ceiling mount fixtures illuminate the screened porch at night. We like Schoolhouse Electric's Alabax Small Surface Mount Fixture, handmade in Portland, Oregon; $85 each.

The Furniture

Mc & Co Wooden Daybed | Remodelista

Above: The Mc & Co Daybed, designed by Corinne Gilbert & Dan McCarthy, is made of one-inch-thick unfinished cedar; it can also be custom ordered in ash, oak, walnut, and pine. It's 40 inches deep, 27 inches tall, and 76 inches wide, and fits a twin-size futon. Pricing starts at $3,900 without a futon, and $4,200 with a premium futon. For more options, see High/Low: The Modern Wooden Daybed.

Snowshoe Rocking Chair | Remodelista

Above: A handmade rawhide snowshoe rocking chair we sourced from a variety of sites; this vintage Vermont Tubbs Snowshoe Chair is available on 1st Dibs. Another source is Iverson Seek Wilderness, which also offers upright snowshoe chairs.

Solid Walnut Skagen Nesting Tables at Design Within Reach | Remodelista

Above: DWR's Skagen Nesting Tables, inspired by midcentury designs by Arne Hovmand-Olsen, are made of solid walnut; $578 for the set.

The Accessories

West Elm Hand-Loomed Solid Silk Pillows | Remodelista

Above: West Elm's Silk Hand-Loomed Pillow Covers in an array of muted neutrals are $44 each.

Handmade Colorful Pillows from Commune | Remodelista

Above: From LA design firm Commune, Kilim Pillows are made from reclaimed kilim rugs; contact Commune for pricing and availability.

Linen Bolster Pillow from Lovely Home Idea | Remodelista

Above: This natural Linen Bolster Pillow comes in 16 colors; $75 from Lovely Home Idea on Etsy.

Signature Hardware Brilliant Stainless Steel Watering Can | Remodelista

Above: From Signature Hardware, the Brilliant Stainless Steel Watering Can with Brass Accents is $53.95.

Victoria Morris Pottery Brown Bowl with Lavendar Glaze at March | Remodelista

Above: Victoria Morris' Brown Bowl with Lavender Glaze is $425 for the extra large bowl measuring 5 inches high by 13.5 inches diameter at March in San Francisco.

BDDW Firewood Holder | Remodelista

Above: The BDDW Firewood Holder is made of steel and canvas, and comes with a bundle of scrap wood from the furniture company's studio; contact BDDW for more information and pricing.

Tetu Iron River Stone Door Stopper | Remodelista

Above: Tsao and McKown sourced a vintage iron doorstop. An alternate is the Tetu Iron River Stone Door Stopper in cast iron, designed by Japanese architect Makoto Koisumi; $75 CAD from Mjölk in Toronto. The doorstop is also at Anaïse in California for $70.

For more screened porches, see Gardenista's Summer Screened Porch Roundup. And how about a porch for the night? See 5 Screened Sleeping Porches. Tsao and McKown head up the firm Tsao & McKown ArchitectsHave a look at the multigenerational gathering place they designed for Tsao's family in our post Common Ground: A Chinese-Style Family Compound in California.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 1, 2014, as part of our Block Party issue.

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