A childhood friend of mine used to invite friends up to her family's old cottage in Healdsburg, where five or six of us would sleep outside on a screened-in porch. Heavenly! Remembering those days has got me thinking about how hard it would be to screen in an existing porch. Maybe it's a bit late in the summer for such a big outdoor project, but then again, some of Northern California's warmest days arrive in early fall. In case you're up for it, we found some good tutorials and inspiration...
An existing porch can easily be screened to make it a more viable outdoor room, especially for sleeping outdoors. The DIY Network has a step-by-step tutorial.
If you've got carpentry skills (or friends with carpentry skills!), Reader's Digest has a detailed set of plans for a simple screened porch using basic framing and building techniques.
Or if you're looking for a more temporary solution to last through the temperate fall, you can always use mosquito netting to create a screened-in effect. Mosquito nets can be hung like curtains, with velcro used to create a seal. Check out the how-to here.
For more inspiration, check out these posts from Apartment Therapy:
• Summer Inspiration: The Sleeping Porch
• My Great Outdoors: Cogan's Screened In Porch
• Sleeping Porches
• Mosquito Curtains: Beating the Mosquitos in Style
• House Tour: AB Chao's Modern + Old = MOLD