If you’re staring longingly out at your garden this winter, you can rest in the knowledge that there are hundreds others across Calgary doing the same thing. The thought of warmer weather, of barbecues and of summer activities in your garden is what keeps many people going through the long winter months. However, it’s not long till you also remember the endless bugs, the wind that gets into everything and the harsh sunshine that drives everyone to cover at noon.
Living the screen room dream
Installing a screen room is one of the best ways to get the benefits of the summer months in Calgary while avoiding the drawbacks. Imagine a space which has a closed door to the rest of your home that puts you right up close with your garden so you can feel the breeze and smell the flowers, but one where you’re not being sent inside by the bugs or buying ugly lawn umbrellas to hide from the sun. That’s what it’s like having a screen room in Calgary that you can use from spring all the way through to fall.
Benefits of a screen room
Fortunately, winter is also the time for planning how to make the most of the Calgary summer through home improvements, and you’re not going to get better than installing a screen room with Desert Sun Patios. Some of the benefits of having a screen room include:
- A quick install – most screen rooms sit on top of your existing deck or patio and because they are lightweight construction, the entire project can be completed inside of a month. The fact that you don’t have to dig foundations or cause structural changes to the exterior of your house also helps to keep the costs down.
- Protection all summer long – a screen is a simple construction where most of the walls are replaced by mesh screens. This gives you all the benefits of being outside in your garden – the views, the smells, the warmth – while providing protection from the bugs, the sunshine and the wind. Of course, mesh screens won’t completely block the strong Calgary winds, but they’ll provide a windbreak inside the room, and you’ll be surprised at how well a screen room slows the wind speed across your entire garden.
- Extra space – anyone living in Calgary knows that space is often at a premium, so installing a screen room is a cheap and efficient way of expanding the footprint of your house without a whole bunch of building permits and regulations. Whether you’re simply looking for more space for your family or an investment as you get ready to sell your home, a screen room will add value to your home and make it stand out in the busy Calgary marketplace.
Unique Uses For Your Screen Room
It’s easy to fall in the trap of using your screen room as an extra living room. Even if you designate it as an adult only space, you’re only scratching the surface of what’s possible with your screen room. Try some of these unique uses to get the most out of your new space:
- Ventilated greenhouse – if like many Calgary residents you’ve taken up growing indoor plants as a hobby during the pandemic lockdowns, you’ll be delighted to find that your screen room makes for the perfect growing spot for your green babies. In spring, the sunlight and fresh air will boost your propagation processes, and as summer turns to fall, you’ll be able to use your screen as an ideal place to bring your outdoor potted plants into somewhere sheltered instead of having to cover them up outside. Add some grow lamps to the ceiling to provide that nutritious UV light as the days get shorter, and you’ll find yourself spending more time in your screen room than out in the garden.
- Al fresco dining – you can still use your screen room as a place to entertain your guests by turning it into a stylish dining room. This allows you to show off your new space as the jewel in the crown of your home while avoiding it becoming a dumping ground for old furniture or just a place to slob out. A screen room dining experience gives the benefits of being outside (the warm breezes, the views out over your garden) with all the benefits of being inside (no bugs, no harsh sunlight, protection from sudden rain squalls).
- Home office with a view – the way in which we work got thrown for a loop by the global pandemic. Even now as numbers decrease and confidence increases about bringing groups of people together, many Calgary residents have the option to work from home. Your new screen room makes for an ideal place to set up a home office as it will have a door that allows you to completely close yourself off from the rest of the house. You can also set your desk up to see look out over the garden, and of course you can bring your green babies into the space to get a double usage out of your new room.
Choose Local Experts
When you’re thinking about designing your screen room in Calgary, it’s best to talk to local companies who have been around long enough to know what it’s like having a screen room in Calgary. Working with Desert Sun Patios for your screen installation means that you’re choosing a team of local experts who will help you to design a custom screen room that fits your space and your budget. They’ll be full of helpful tips and advice about what it’s like having a screen room in Calgary to help you get the most out of your new space. When you talk with the design consultants, you’ll be asked about what you plan to use the room for, as this will dictate the fine details such as the type of overhead lighting, the kind of heat source you might want to use during the colder months, and where to place the electrical outlets to help you get the best out of your new screen room.