The cheapest way to build a DIY screened-in porch is to use salvaged materials and tools, and to build the structure yourself using affordable lumber. You will also need to purchase screen mesh and screws or nails to complete the project. Additionally, you may want to invest in a few tools to help with the construction process.
You can also save money by choosing to install pre-made vinyl panels for the walls and ceiling, instead of building the walls and roof from scratch. When building the structure itself, be sure to use pressure-treated lumber that is rated for outdoor use, as this will ensure that the structure will last longer. Finally, if you are working with a limited budget, consider asking friends and family (or searching online) for free materials or advice.
One good resource online is YouTube.
You can find many videos of DIY screened-in porches, as well as step-by-step tutorials on how to build your own screened-in porch, such as this one:
Looking for design ideas? Here are some:
Once you have finished building your screened in porch, be sure to call the pros at Altri Services to deal with the scraps and waste. Altri Services is here to help you with your waste disposal and management needs. We offer both dumpster rental services and junk removal services to the cities and towns north of Boston.
Good luck with your project!