Families who have added screened patios or porches to their homes compare them to relaxing getaways.
"It has changed my life," Kay Davis said of her screened porch.
"I slept out here all last summer. In the morning the birds are chirping. Sometimes when I get home late at night, I can't wait to get to my porch."
After raising five children in a large house, Davis decided it was time to downsize. She moved into her South Hills bungalow more than 20 years ago.
She was content with her new three-bedroom house tucked away in a wooded area that is reminiscent of an enchanted trail. The tidy house has hardwood floors, built-in shelves and her decorative touches.
For a long time, there was one thing missing.
"I missed my screened porch," she said. "Five years ago, I had one built. I can't believe I waited so long. I love my porch. It has been wonderful."
She estimates it is 10 feet by 15 feet, although a cathedral ceiling makes it appear larger. It has a ceramic floor and overhead ceiling fan circulating a gentle breeze from the screened windows surrounding the room. Wrought iron furniture is covered with bright cushions that add splashes of color. She even added a small television and a little refrigerator for chilling wine. A basket of her favorite magazines is situated near a lounging chair.
The porch is her constant getaway until the weather turns too cold, and by then she generally heads to a warmer climate. Cooking and traveling are her favorite activities.
Davis, 80, said when she stops traveling during the winter months she likely will add some glass windows to her porch and also get a pet.
Meanwhile, a Sissonville couple loves spending time on the patio they decided to screen several years ago. The patio wasn't used nearly as much until it was screened. They added a tile floor, overhead fan and some furniture.
Pat and Dena Taylor estimate the size of the screened patio to be 20 feet by 9 feet.
Even though they live in a housing development, they enjoy the sounds of the country while relaxing on the patio.