Screened Porch Photos: HGTV Green Home 2009

An extension of the casual dining area, the HGTV Green Home 2009 screened porch invites guests to relax and linger over morning coffee or after-dinner drinks.

An exotic design theme punctuates this space, outfitted with custom-crafted and eco-friendly furnishings.

A day bed with open canopy is dressed in all-weather cushions. The piece was crafted from reclaimed materials by carpenter David Brown.

A casual cocktail area serves as additional seating for guests who overflow from an indoor dinner party.

Blown-glass vases hold Philodendron leaves; it's the only adornment needed to dress the handcrafted cypress-plank tabletop.

Fruits and refreshments are set atop side tables – a faux-bois table and a metal pouf – that can be rearranged as necessary.

A remote-controlled screen and all-weather curtains keep bugs, debris and light rain at bay.

The patio, situated directly below the rooftop deck, opens onto a lush lawn of drought-tolerant Zoysia grass.

Potted elephant's ear and Dendrobium orchids further the room's feel as a tropical retreat.

Tortoise shell and walnut wood ceiling fans keep temperatures low even on steamy summer days. Indoor-outdoor carpet offers a plush surface that cushions each step.

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