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Deck Skirting for Your Screened Porch or Deck

June 26, 2024

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We just wrapped up Our Client’s Stunning Screened Porch and one of my favorite finishing touches is the deck skirting. When we first met and discussed their ideal screened porch, she mentioned that she loved the way I concealed extra storage under my porch. So, we adapted that idea just a little to make it work for their new outdoor space.

Deck Skirting

My 1914 Bungalow

My screened porch is high off of the ground and I store outdoor lawn equipment underneath. To make sure it’s somewhat concealed, I screwed pressure treated 1×4’s in a horizontal pattern to the porch posts. Since I wanted to make sure there was plenty of air flow, I spaced the boards out about 2 1/2″ inches. While it’s not completely concealed, it does do a pretty good job camouflaging what’s behind it.

My 1914 Bungalow Deck Skirting

Last fall, I added sliding doors along one side so that I had easy access to my lawn equipment. Following the same pattern as the rest of the deck skirting, I simply made two panels slightly bigger than half of the opening. They are installed with an outdoor single track sliding bypass kit. These kits come in several widths to fit any space and are easy to install.

Now that it’s installed not only is it functional but it’s also really pretty with the Moonlit Mahogany stain, one of my favorites.

My 1914 Bungalow Deck Skirting

The Ringo Residence

While I cannot take credit for this deck skirting, it is worth sharing. We added this beautiful screened porch to the back of my clients’ grand historic home and it looks as if it’s been there all along. Once we finished up, my clients installed a brick walkway and retaining walls, landscaping, and deck skirting.

Historic Home Screened Porch Deck Skirting

Theirs is installed with wider boards within a frame with a slight slant to angle to each board. This reminds me a lot of homes in the Charleston, SC area so is a perfect compliment to their historic home.

Deck Skirting

The Clausen Cottage

With those two projects as inspiration, we designed the deck skirting for our most recent client’s screened porch addition. Since we were using 1×6’s for the horizontal deck railings, we continued the 1×6’s underneath. The boards were screwed onto the porch posts and we only left a small gap, approximately 3/4″ between the boards.

Deck Skirting Doors

For extra access underneath, we had the contractors build two sets of swing doors. They are hinged on each side and open up for full access underneath.

Deck Skirting Doors

Once stained in the same color as mine, Moonlit Mahogany, they look gorgeous especially beside the crisp white trim.

Deck Skirting

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