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Grilling with Mosquitoes and Moths: Screened Patios

Grilling outdoors can be a great way to prepare food for guests or as a fun family event based around having dinner together. Unfortunately, weather can ruin a potential cookout or even worse, at certain times of the year in particular locations bugs attracted to the food can be much more than a simple nuisance.

Outdoor Patio Kitchens

The solution to bugs and weather is to make a place outdoors which is dedicated to cooking, that is, build a screen  in patio which allows you to be outside while maintaining control over the situation. For a screened in patio, you’ll need an exhaust fan to remove smoke from the grill and you’ll want plenty of lighting. You may want built in cabinetry appropriate for outside to provide storage and whether permanent or free standing you’ll need tables and chairs.

Bringing the Indoors to the Outdoors (2 paragraphs- roof and screens)

The roof helps define the space and more importantly provides cover from rain. Essentially what you’re doing with a patio is building an extra room by bringing the comfort of indoor space to an area that is actually outdoors. The roof allows you to continue using the space during inclement weather in the spring and summer and even though it may be too cold to spend much time in the winter you can still use the area for storage or to step outside briefly and run the grill.

Screens further define the space and also keep out bugs. Mosquitoes can potentially carry disease, moths might be nice to look at but can become a nuisance when there are too many of them and you’re trying to cook. The screen allows for a nice view of the yard and allows a cool evening breeze to blow through while keeping the bugs at bay. Depending on the type of screen you choose, it can also provide a bit of privacy if you have close neighbors.

Essentially, the screen porch mixes the advantages of an interior room with those provided by an open deck. You have shade and a breeze on hot days while remaining out of the rain during less pleasant weather. It will add value to your house if you plan to sell in the future. Talk to a reputable contractor in your area to find out more about what options are available and how the screened porch can benefit your daily life.

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