Offset Window Screen from Old Wood Lathe

Offset Window Screen from Old Wood Lathe

Trent Johnson
Aug 19, 2009

In attempt to create more privacy and block some of the sun streaming through one of their back windows, Jason and Jennifer of Humphrey House first tried traditional lattice but found it "underwhelming." So they decided to start from scratch with some old wood lathe pulled from their kitchen during renovation...

Using the existing support posts on their rear porch, they created a 4' by 4' visual screen for vines to grow on. After a few practice layouts, a couple of prototypes (and keeping in mind the "rule of three") they finally came up with this final design which they feel is more organic-looking and relates more to a plant growing flowers. The green version of the screen above is a digital mock-up done to see how the real thing would work.

All of the materials used —from old grown pine 2x4's to the wood lathe— was torn out from the demolition of a wall during their kitchen renovation. The final result is impressive and really compliments their house. They plan to grow a climbing plant on the trellis, like a clematis.

See more of their home renovation at

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