A “Maine Made” Business is Born

Our Maine Screened Porch

It started 20 years ago as a simple pergola to define an old concrete patio abutting our 200 year old house. My wife, Carla, thought it would help to define the space and would provide a relaxed atmosphere.  A few years later I put a roof on the pergola to keep our furniture dry. Then a few years after that I added built-in screening to keep Summer bugs out … a Maine screened porch!  

Then a few years later I tore out the fixed screening and replaced it with interchangeable screen and glass panels so we could enjoy Spring, Summer and Autumn. Later we covered the concrete slab with terracotta tiles. Then I spent years correcting mistakes and fine tuning the structure (and Carla kept fine tuning the furnishings).

All along this journey, I kept thinking how wonderful it would have been if I could have started with a proven do-it-yourself kit for my Maine screened porch. It would have saved a lot time, a lot of frustration, and a lot of money. The project started before most businesses were displaying and selling their products on the web, so finding even simple things like custom fasteners or painted screws was difficult.  In most cases I had to make my own. 

Carla and I really enjoy entertaining in our Maine screened porch.  We both cook, and we both enjoy creating a special atmosphere. We’ve probably had over 100 dinners for family and friends.  At almost every one of these gatherings, someone would tell me how they wished they had a Maine screened porch just like ours, but a lack of time, money or do-it-yourself skills prevented it.

Our Maine Made Business

Fast forward to 2017.  I had recently left a successful software business that I founded and was looking for a new career – something that didn’t involve computers (ha-ha, as I sit here creating this website). There were a few distractions along the way, but eventually Maine Porch and Pergola Company was born.

Our business model is simple. Provide high-quality, proven and ready to assemble Maine screened porch and pergola kits for do-it-yourself homeowners. Sell these on a website that makes it easy for homeowners to envision how one will enhance their property. Make the purchasing process easy.  Make the do-it-yourself assembly process straight forward and stress free.  Offer installation services to NON-do-it-yourself homeowners.  And back everything up with a 10-year limited warranty.

Things will evolve.  They always do.  But we are off and running (or I should say “off and building”). Please tell your friends and wish us luck!

Mark Jadkowski

Maine Screened Porch Founders Mark and Carla
Carla Palmer &
Mark Jadkowski

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