Tim Carter, renowned builder and a nuts-and-bolts kind of guy, doesn't mince words. He notes that most porches "seem to be a mutation of decks that are just thrown onto the rear or side of a home." The site showcases floor plans and an outline of the essential parts of screened-in porches (roof, paint and electrical requirements). Type "screened porches" when you land on the site.
Off-the-shelf lighting purchased at big-box stores will do nothing for your rustic aesthetic. Match the look of your interior lighting by checking out durable outdoor fixtures here. Our favorite brands include Elk Lighting Inc. and The Great Outdoors collection from Minka.
Sure, the site is a clearinghouse for everything from chaise lounges to hammocks, but we really like this source because it's a barometer for what's hot right now. You'll find outdoor heaters, weather-resistant TVs, weather vanes, rain chains and products crafted from the trendiest wood species of the moment: teak and cedar.
If your log home's porch has seen better days, check out the online episode about a screened-in porch makeover for inspiration and a list of items used and their prices—including paints, rattan chairs, end tables and drapes. Project total: $505. Search for "screened porch makeover" on the site.