A Conversation with Rod Sudbeck, Senior Sales Manager, Atlanta Decking
1). Someone has a deck but thinks they want a porch over it. What are some of the questions and concerns they may have about this project?
Normally we have to tear it down because the building permit will usually mandate this. Decks are really not meant to carry the weight of a porch. Plus, the connection to the house and its frame is problematic.
2). Can you give us some insights on typical porch sizes, lighting, floors, and ceilings?
The average size for a small porch is 14’ x 14’ (200 square feet), 16’ x 18’ is a good size, and a 300 sq. ft. porch is pretty big.
For keeping the space well lit, perimeter lighting or accent lighting are good choices. We recommend 3-5 post sconces. We typically use 6×6 KDAT hollow posts since they won’t twist.
If you plan on creating an outdoor kitchen, a small grill deck (about 16’ x 8’) with a couple of double spotlights on the eve provides a great place for your evening chef.
For the flooring, we don’t recommend tile and tongue & groove floors due to the way they expand and contract with weather. Tongue & groove works best for ceilings. We would also recommend staining the wood instead of painting.
3). What’s a typical timeframe to build/finish after the estimate has been okayed?
That depends on the season. The quickest months are January through March (around 2 months).
4). Is the homeowner responsible for getting the permit?
No, but homeowners should supply a site survey. These can cost approximately $400 – 600. We have a list of surveyors if you need a recommendation, though many homeowners already have this site survey as part of their mortgage papers.
5). What type of back porch design seems to be the most popular?
Open porches have been big in 2021. If you’re not screening the porch, good ceiling fans work well to keep the bugs away.
6). What’s the cost difference between Eze-Breeze windows vs. screens?
7). What’s your favorite type of porch ceiling and why?
I love the look of vaulted, gable ceilings and stained tongue & groove.
8). When you meet with prospects, what should they expect with your first interaction?
I’d like them to think about what the purpose of the space will be. Do they want it for entertaining, dining, relaxing, etc.? What’s the focal point for the space? Where do they want a door to the backyard. What are your priorities? How big do you want the space? What’s your budget? Confer with all stakeholders and our consultation will run more smoothly.
9). What are the 3 biggest wish list items prospects mention for their new project?
That’s it from Rod! If you’re interested in hearing more about how we turn backyards into stunning spaces, please contact us today!