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miamicuse 02-29-2012 01:54 PM

Porch railing and screen
 
I would like to build an enclosure to my "Florida Room". A "Florida Room" I guess is similar to a porch?

Right now it's just a covered space surrounded by screen. I would like to put up some wood partition to give it some more privacy on one side. Not completely closed in but may be something like this.

http://www.backyard-design-ideas.com...d_standard.jpg

or even better this.

http://patiocoversplace.com/wp-conte...wood_bench.jpg

My question is since I am in hot and humid Florida I should use pressure treated lumber for this?

Is there a way to stain PT lumber such that it looks like "hardwood"? I would like for it to NOT look like a typical fence.

Thanks in advance for any comments.

TarheelTerp 02-29-2012 03:12 PM

The first picture is a deck.
The second picture is more porch like... but absent the roof it's still a deck.

To create a usable screened in porch (with roof and solid flooring usually concrete in Florida)...
will probably require starting from scratch which may require taking down whatever you already have.

So... post a picture of what you have now.
We'll go from there.

joecaption 02-29-2012 03:41 PM

Hard to make heads or tails what it is your even asking.
A Florida room is nothing more then an enclosed porch, but your saying you already have screens, if you have screens then you must already have a roof and walls, then you show some pictures of jusy a deck with no screens.
Confusing.

bob22 02-29-2012 06:38 PM

Miami: I got your question: " I would like to put up some wood partition to give it some more privacy on one side. Not completely closed in but may be something like this."
Pictures were of examples of what you would want the side to look like.
Would your wood be on the outside side of the screen or the inside side? If on the outside, I guess PT would last longer over SPF wood if both left untreated.
What kind of wood is the Florida room framed with? That might direct the kind of wood to use. In general, most wood can be stained to a color of your choice. How well it will look like hardwood (not sure what you meant by that?) is likely up to the viewer.
I'm sure others will chime in on what other species of wood might do well exposed in Miami, perhaps cedar, redwood, cypress?

miamicuse 02-29-2012 08:40 PM

Sorry I wasn't clear on my intentions. I was asking about the type of wood that would withstand heat, rain, bugs etc...to use, obviously PT wood would be the cheapest but I am not sure if it could be painted or stained to look good.

As far as the Florida Room is sort of look like this.

http://www.fourseasonssunrooms.com/P..._solid_ext.jpg

There is a roof, there is a concrete slab floor, there is screen and aluminum framework all around. So Bob22 is right, I would like to leave the front (where the screen doors are) alone, but the two sides, I would like to build something in wood over the existing screen structure. The first picture shows a rail at waist height, I would like to build something from bottom to top. The two pictures shows possible configurations I would use. Something I can hang baskets or grow vines over on the outside except I don't want a "lattice", and to block out more lights.

However, I am not interested in the design aspect, I am more looking for what type of wood to use.

Thanks for any comments.

kj6887 03-01-2012 06:55 AM

Ipe is a very nice product/wood i have put it on the exterior of a couple of commercial projects but i think it would work well for your situation. FYI it is a very hard hard hard wood also spendy. Good luck with your project.


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