Tips for building a screened porch or gazebo include using existing structures if you can, building a free-standing if you can, and researching pre-fabricated kits which include instructions and materials. Please time reference pricing, as it is subject to change. If you’re relatively handy, you can turn an existing porch, carport or shed into a screened porch or gazebo.
For instance, if your deck has a roof and open sides, measure the sides, and buy screen at home improvement centers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s. You can also buy posts, if needed, and then staple the screen directly to them. To make removable screen panels, frame the screen in wood, and then nail the finished panels into place.
Likewise, you can turn a detached storage shed or garage into a kind of gazebo by opening the walls and framing them out with screen panels, taking advantage of the existing roof and supports. The biggest advantage of both plans is that usually for less than $100 you can enjoy your new porch or gazebo much sooner than you would if you hired a contractor to do the work.
If you have a bigger budget to work with, consider buying a kit to build a free-standing porch or gazebo. If addition to having a variety of designs and materials to choose from, you may also save the cost of a building permit which, depending on local ordinances, you might need to attach a structure to your house. While you can screen a gazebo after the fact, also consider kits for a screened garden house, a kind of free-standing screened-in porch.