There are many reasons for enclosing your deck. Perhaps you want to expand your home’s footprint. Maybe it is to enjoy more outdoor time without the company of insects. Or you love the sound of rain — specifically when you are dry! Here are three things to consider if enclosing your deck is on your 2021 wish list.
Does your home’s layout present challenges like physical obstructions? For example, do existing columns or guardrails block where the screens will span? Will adding a door from your home to the covered deck present problems? Do you want the new space to flow seamlessly into the existing space? Or do you want the space to look different? Also, it is very important to choose a design that looks like the addition was always a part of your home (just ask your neighbors). If you need to do considerable architectural manipulation to make the space functional, it may look like a design afterthought. Count on us to make sure that your new porch integrates with your home seamlessly and complements it.
While it is economically beneficial to use an existing deck, it must be structurally sound. We can make sure it is properly framed, has solid footings, has no rot, and is properly attached to your house. Speaking of attached to your home, the roof alignment is critical. We’ll help you find the right pitch and materials to give the ideal combination of aesthetics and function. Next, be sure your deck is the right size and shape for a porch. If it is too large, consider converting only a part into a porch and using the remainder as a deck—perfect for outdoor grilling. It may make more sense to start anew by removing your current deck and building a completely new structure. Footings must be large enough to handle the extra weight, and of course, meet code requirements. With over 30 years building outdoor rooms across metro Atlanta, our designers will ensure 100% complete safety and compliance with your new back porch.
Screened porches are great and work best when your main goal is to keep insects out and protect yourself from rainy weather. Georgia’s mild climate allows you to spend the majority of the year on your screened porch and because ceiling fans are often part of the overall design, you can stay cool even during the summer.
If your priority is adding an outdoor room that you can use more days throughout the year, you may want to consider adding a three-season, Eze-Breeze® porch. With the Eze Breeze system, every opening has a screen and a crystal-clear vinyl window panel that slides open easily. When you want to use your Eze Breeze three-season room as a screened porch, just slide the window panels open to reveal screens. Fresh air pours in, and you can enjoy the sounds and smells of the outdoors — minus pollen and insects! When the weather turns a bit chilly, simply close all of the Eze-Breeze window panels to use the room a little farther into the season.
Over the years we have helped hundreds of customers enclose their decks and expand their living space. Contact us to discuss see a wide range of designs so you can make the best choice for your home