Jason and I have wanted a screened porch since we started looking for a house to buy in Cary in 2008. This year, we finally bit the bullet and built it. This was quite a decision for us, because we are usually very frugal (like making our own detergent frugal and cloth diapering three kids frugal and saving my egg boiling water to dump on my plants after it cools frugal). But we are so, so glad we did it. It's a beautiful addition to our home, and we are finding ourselves living out there. I don't think we have eaten a single meal inside our house since the porch was finished. It is also the preferred location for the kids to play and for our craft time. This space is probably going to be the most used space in our home besides our kitchen.
Our first meal on the porch was without Daddy, because he was in San Jose for work (have I mentioned that he has a new job?).