Enclosed Porch Ideas to Enhance Your Outdoor Living Areas

enclosed porch ideasMany of us enjoy nature but don’t necessarily wish to feel all of it, all of the time. For example, extreme heat or cold gets a bit uncomfortable after extended periods of exposure. Generally, wiggly critters, crawling insects or flying creatures are more fun to watch behind a bit of protection. Furthermore, rain or snow are much more pleasant to witness when not landing directly on your head. Therefore, you may be searching for enclosed porch ideas to make outdoor living a little more enjoyable.

Structurally Speaking serves the greater Raleigh-Durham area as one of the premier specialists in porches and decks. The owner, Jim Brennan, has been designing and building these structures for over 2 decades. His reputation as one of the top designers and builders is evident in every project. He brings his personal touch as he oversees every step of the process.

Three Enclosed Porch Ideas

If you already have a patio or deck in place, enclosing it is not complicated. Or, you may be adding a new feature to your home…one that will add space for your family to enjoy. Either way, an enclosed porch increases the value of your home.

First, you must decide which enclosed porch ideas fit you the best. Determining how you wish to use your porch or sunroom helps you choose.

For instance, do you prefer the beauty of nature year-round without the weather worries? Or, do you like to feel the outdoors as you immerse yourself in it? Perhaps, you’re a little in between. Some days, it’s nice to have the breeze tickling your skin. Other times, it’s a bit annoying when playing a card game or eating a meal.

Consider three options:

1. Screened Porch

Ultimately, a screen porch is the most cost-effective move beyond a patio or a deck to enhance outdoor space. Essentially, you enjoy all the features of your patio without the aforementioned critters and weather infringing on your space. Additionally, lighting and ceiling fans are options. So, you can still get a little relief from heat and use your space at night as well.

2. Three Season Porch

This option is similar to a screen porch but has windows to close against the screens when needed. As a result, you have a little more protection from weather woes. Although wired for electricity, it does not integrate into your heating or cooling system. However, you can always add a space heater during the cooler North Carolina months.

3. Sunroom

Not only does a sunroom add value to your living, it adds value to your home. Coupled with increased square footage and beautiful outdoor living space, sunrooms enhance your property. Conversely to the porches, sunrooms heat and cool with the rest of your home. Correspondingly, you can enjoy complete comfort no matter the weather and still have a stunning view of the outdoors.

The Building Process

Once you’ve determined what fits best, it’s time to begin the planning and building part of the project. Don’t worry if you haven’t figured out whether you prefer a sunroom or enclosed porch. Structurally Speaking combines that step in our process. In fact, we will sit down with you and discuss what fits your lifestyle best in our initial meeting. Better yet, this free, no-obligation consultation is the perfect chance to narrow down your options. You learn from us as we learn from you and your home.

Next, we take the information gathered and create a customized design that works with the existing structure of your house. At this point, we present fully-detailed options and make recommendations based on your needs and budget.

Finally, we start the building process. Often, this begins with presenting plans to a homeowners’ association with which we gladly assist. Then, we expedite building permits, which is a tedious task when done on your own. Finally, we build! During this phase, our professionally-trained supervisors are respectful of your property, family and day-to-day activities.

Today, contact our specialists to begin your home project as soon as possible! Or, call us directly to discuss your project at 919-786-4825.

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