As we head into September, it’s a fantastic time to think about any home projects you would like to get done. If there is a project that you have been putting off, the fall is a great time to complete it. As daylight dwindles and evenings are cooler, you may consider how nice it would be to have a 3-season porch or consider adding a screened-in area to keep the bugs out. Adding this space creates more living space and value to your home.
Details to consider:
1. Do you want to use an existing deck or patio?
If you plan to use an existing deck, you will have to determine if it can support the added weight. Contact a contractor to inspect the foundation and assess your situation. This first step could have a substantial impact on the rest of the project.
2. What size do you want?
If you are using an existing foundation, the size of your closed-in space will fit that area. Were you thinking of adding on, creating architectural features such as steps or an extended open deck? Create a list of what you want before meeting with contractors.
3. What permits do you need?
If you are contacting a contractor to do the work, they should coordinate all the necessary building permits that you will need. If you plan to build yourself, you will need to contact your local municipality. Also, if you live in a neighborhood with a Homeowners’ Association, you will want to read the bylaws that pertain to building additions. You do not want to be penalized or worse required to modify something after construction is complete.
Another option to custom-building is using a business that specializes in out-of-the-box enclosures as a complete package. Do cost comparisons and research to understand which option fits your needs and budget, click here to learn more. For a custom-built enclosure, contact contractors to determine your building options and cost, get several estimates. If you have experience with building, you may want to take on this project yourself, click here for tips and advice.
Have fun imagining yourself on your new enclosed deck or patio this fall and look forward to more fall project articles in the upcoming weeks. For all your interior decorating or color selection needs, give me a call 610-955-8202 or email for a consultation.