Screen porches and gazebos are popular additions for outdoor living. You can really get the best of both worlds by having an indoor/outdoor room. These structures typically have stricter code requirements than decks and can cost quite a bit more.
Adding a porch roof over your deck can provide a space to enjoy the outdoors whether rain or shine. The most basic gable end porches will shed water and snow and create a sanctuary from the sun. Some designers add screen walls to preserve breezes while keeping mosquitoes at bay. Tongue and groove cedar is the perfect material to finish a vaulted porch ceiling. Vinyl or aluminum soffits can be outfitted to reduce maintenance. Some high-end porches even feature fans, canned light fixtures and cable TV.
Gazebo structures can be built as standalone-enclosed areas beside outdoor decks. Octagon gazebos are popular and are usually built using cedar material. Screen windows, doors, trim molding and a variety of roof designs are available in easy-to-build kits.
The size and style of your porch or gazebo depends largely on your lifestyle and your budget.