Enclosing A Screened Porch Can Be A Simple Process

enclosing a screened porchDuring the long, cold winter months, you counted the days until spring. However, the warm days also bring the annoyance of bugs, especially mosquitoes. Instead of relaxing in the lounge chair, you’re constantly swatting the insects away. This was not how you envisioned spending your summer. Enclosing a screened porch provides you with freedom from insects and protection against rain showers.

Raleigh, NC ranks #6 on a list for the 20 worst cities in the United States for mosquitoes. While many times a mosquito bite results in an itchy bump, some people are allergic experiencing more severe reactions. Also, mosquitos carry deadly diseases that they can transmit through a bite. Malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile, and Zika are some common illnesses you can catch from mosquitos. Moreover, mosquito season lasts from April to October, the time most of us like to be outdoors.

Many people turn to citronella candles or insect repellants when spending time outside. However, a study has shown that many repellants simply do not work. Even if you use an effective product, you need to apply it in sufficient concentration to reduce insect attraction. This study also found that citronella candles did not repel mosquitoes at all.

Does this mean you should avoid the outdoors entirely? Of course not! You can enjoy the outdoors by building a screen room onto your home. The screens are a barrier against all insects while allowing fresh air into your room. If you’re looking for a design specialist for your screen room, call the experts at Structurally Speaking. Our owner, Jim Brennan, personally meets with each client. He’ll give you a detailed consultation focused on your function and aesthetic goals. And there’s no obligation with our estimates.

What’s A Homeowner to Do?

When the warm days are beckoning outside, what should we do? Brave the mosquitoes outside or remain inside shut up in our homes? A better solution is to build a screen room. Then you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors without the threat of insects. Plus, your roofed structure will protect you against sudden summer storms.

Many people love feeling connected to nature. Protected living spaces give homeowners the feeling of outdoors without the inconveniences of bugs and inclement weather. No longer will you have to worry about flies or wasps interrupting your dinner. You’ll be able to enjoy the view outside and pesky mosquitoes won’t be able to reach you.

Do you have an existing patio or deck space? Are you constantly sweeping leaves, grass, and other debris off? A patio enclosure will keep nature’s debris from your outdoor living space. Plus, the overhead roof will protect your furniture from harmful UV rays as well as any bad weather.

Should I Choose A Deck, Screen Room, or Sunroom

When considering your options for extending your living space to the outdoors, you have several choices. Begin by thinking about how you plan on using the additional space. Will you be hosting many outdoor parties? Do you want an additional dining area or family room?

Primarily, your budget is always your first consideration when considering any home improvement project. Knowing how much you can spend will determine the scope of your project. For example, a deck is much cheaper to build than a 3-season room. And a screen room is less expensive than a sunroom.

However, you need to balance your budget against your needs. How do you plan on using the additional space? If you plan on entertaining, you’ll want tables and seating with space to maneuver around. You may even want a screened-in area for protection against insects and bad weather. And if you plan on using the room throughout the year, you’ll want a sunroom.

The Differences Between Each Structure

So, which structure will be best for your needs? Each one is slightly different with varying price levels. Structurally Speaking can help you create, and design a deck, screen room, or sunroom perfect for your needs and budget. Let’s take a look at the basics of each construction.

Decks are generally elevated structures attached to a house. They can be different levels, sizes, and shapes. Typically, builders construct decks from pressure-treated wood, hardwoods, or composite wood. Most decks don’t have roofs to provide shade and protection from the elements.

A screen room is a roofed structure attached to your home. You can build an entirely new structure or build an enclosure around a porch or a patio. Screen panels keep insects and debris out while letting fresh air in. However, you can’t use this type of enclosed structure once the weather turns chillier.

Sunrooms can give be either 3- or 4-season rooms, depending on the windows, insulation, and heating system. Builders construct 3-season rooms with glass windows. Glass provides added protection against the cold for longer use. However, 3-season rooms usually have single-pane windows without insulation or a heating system. Thus, you can’t use your room during the coldest winter months.

Contractors build 4-season sunrooms with double-pane energy-efficient windows and insulation. With insulation, the homeowner can heat and cool the room. This allows for year-round usage.

Options to Consider for Your Screen Room

Once you’ve decided on the structure you want, you can think about extra options. These are amenities you can add to make your space more usable, inviting, and comfortable. When your room is more welcoming, you’ll use it more often.

Ceiling fans are always are an appreciated addition to increase air circulation. Choose a fan with a light fixture and you can use your room after the sun goes down. A fireplace can make a chilly outdoor room warm and cozy allowing you to use it late into fall. While the addition of a television will make your room seem more of an extension of your home.

Some homeowners dislike the barrier screens’ presence. Thus, retractable screens give you the choice of removing the screens. Available in both manual and motorized options, your screens can retract to open your room up to the outdoors. With protected inside casing, UV rays, dirt, and the weather can’t harm your screens. Thus, your screens will last longer.

Glass windows are another option that will turn your screen room into a sunroom. Bow, bay, casement, and sliding windows are among the most popular types of windows for sunrooms. Moreover, you may want glass with a low E-coating that reflects heat energy to keep your room cooler.

Which Is the Best Screen Material for My Porch Enclosure?

If you choose to enclose your patio, you’ll have to decide on what kind of screens to use. Today’s screens are available in several different materials. Bronze, stainless steel, aluminum, and fiberglass all make excellent screens. So, which is the best screen material for my needs? It all comes down to your budget.

Generally, bronze and stainless steel are the more expensive options. These premium metals offer more elegance and are suitable for maintaining the architectural integrity of classic homes. Both are strong, durable, and resist corrosion.

Fiberglass is the most popular screen choice for most homeowners due to its low cost. It offers good visibility due to less glare from sunlight. Plus, fiberglass screens come in a wide range of colors so you can match the exterior of your home.

Some homeowners prefer an aluminum screen due to its durability. On average, aluminum screens last 30-40% longer than fiberglass. However, your choice of colors is much more limited. Typically, aluminum screens are only available in black, charcoal, and silver.

Undecided about which screen is best for your project? Let us review your ideas and budget to suggest your best option. Since 2008, Structurally Speaking has been helping homeowners build the enclosed structure of their dreams. We have designed all of these home enhancement structures and will guide you to the unique solution for your home and lifestyle. You can view some of the projects we’ve constructed in the greater Raleigh Durham area here.

What Will A Screen Porch or 3-Season Room Cost?

Like many home improvement projects, your cost depends on several variables. The size, materials, and scope of the project have a direct effect on the price. Rather than trying to figure out costs on your own, it’s better to talk to a professional. At Structurally Speaking, Jim Brennan will personally evaluate your home to give you the addition you need.

Certain factors always drive up costs. A larger project with more square footage will be more expensive than a smaller plan. Likewise, the materials you choose have a big influence on price. We’ve already talked about the different screens you can choose from. But there’s also flooring choice and added accessories such as a ceiling fan. Decorative touches too can raise the price.

Finally, the scope of the project needs consideration. Do you already have an open porch that you want to enclose with a screen? Perhaps you have an unused patio with an existing roof that requires an enclosure? Or do you want to install glass windows in your screened porch for a seasonal room?

Trying to figure out the price of your project can be quite daunting. An easy way is to give us a call for a free no-obligation estimate. After consulting with you on your needs, budget, and design ideas, we present you with a proposal. We will present one that meets your needs and stays within your budget.

A Porch Enclosure Will Increase the Value of Your Home

Most likely, the reason you’re thinking of enclosing your existing porch is for your own use and enjoyment. You want additional outdoor living space without the annoyances of nature. Increasing the value of your home is an added benefit.

On average, the return on your investment for enclosing your porch is 70-75%. A screen room is a nice added feature that can make your home stand out from others. Many prospective buyers actively seek out a home with a patio, sunroom or porch enclosure. Most likely, you probably aren’t thinking about selling your home any time soon; however, it’s still reassuring to know you can recoup most of your costs at some point. It’s a great investment, since you and your family can enjoy the improvement for many years and then receive a good return in the future!

Are You Thinking About Enclosing a Screened Porch on Your Home?

The insects, especially mosquitoes, can be severe during the summer months. Instead of hiding in your house the entire time, call Structurally Speaking. Enclosing a screened porch can offer protection against insects, while giving you additional living space.

Hiring the right contractor for your project can eliminate much of the stress that goes along with it. At Structurally Speaking, we know all the local building codes and take care of all the permits. When you use a local, fully-insured and licensed contractor, you know that you will receive the best customer service and an outstanding result. We want you to recommend us to your family and friends! All you need to do is to decide on the design you like best.

We plan and build decks, screened porches, 3-season rooms, sunrooms, hot tub decks, and pergolas. Serving the greater Raleigh-Durham area, our personal touch is what sets us apart from other contractors. So, call us today at 919-786-4825. Or, if you prefer, tell us a bit about your upcoming project online. Either way, we’ll contact you for your free no-obligation estimate. The warm months pass by too quickly. Let us build a structure to give you greater enjoyment of the outside.

Structurally Speaking Has the Best Screened In Porch Ideas

screened in porch ideasAs the dog days of summer subside, crisp autumn air will be setting in. And in North Carolina, there’s no better time of year. Cooler temperatures are the perfect backdrop for favorite activities. From bonfires to outdoor fun and games, fall is a great time to enjoy nature. So why not enjoy everything nature has to offer from the convenience and comfort of home? A screened in porch from Structurally Speaking is the perfect way to do just that. Their friendly experts will help with the screened in porch ideas that are right for your home. And they can have the project done in time to enjoy the best of fall. See what makes them the area experts below.

The Best Screened in Porch Ideas

screened porch offers numerous benefits. First and foremost, they add practical living space to a home. And what could be more important in this new pandemic era? Maybe your family is sick of being all over each other. Or maybe you could just use a new spot to hang out. Either way, a screened in porch offers a great new way to enjoy your home. And when you choose Structurally Speaking, these porches can be whatever you want. Maybe your family likes to eat outdoors. Or, maybe outdoor game nights are what you want for your family. You could always go for the ultimate luxury with a hot tub. Structurally Speaking’s friendly experts can help determine the right size for your screened porch. Generally, the more you want to be outside and more you plan to entertain in the future, the bigger it will need to be. But they can help you determine the appropriate size so that it complements the style of your home.

But a screened porch is more than just a frivolous luxury. In fact, they are one of the best investments you can make in your home. On average, homeowners recoup 75% of costs from a new screened porch. That means that you can add new space for your family to enjoy now. But you can also rest assured knowing your new porch will increase the value of your home. In fact, a high-quality porch from Structurally Speaking can give your home the edge over other houses on the market. So, the investment now will pay for itself later. See below to see how Structurally Speaking can elevate your living experience at virtually no cost.

A Screen Porch is the Right Choice

Summer months in North Carolina can be brutal. Not just the blazing sun and increasing humidity, but the bugs make going outside barely enjoyable. A perfect solution is a screened porch. This allows you to enjoy the outside nearly all year long without getting burned from the sun or bitten by the bugs. It is the best of both worlds. You get the beauty and peacefulness of being in nature without the negatives like mosquito bites.

With a screened porch, you won’t need to spray yourself with harmful chemicals to keep the bugs away. You also won’t need to pay for a recurring pest service because you will be protected. In addition to your new-found living space, you will be adding value to your property. By extending the footprint of your home, you can increase the value and equity all while enjoying all that North Carolina weather has to offer. By adding square footage, you will also have more room for entertaining and providing extra space for your family by adding an extra room to your home for a fraction of remodeling. Just imagine your furniture sitting in your new outdoor living space.

You can even customize your screened porch to meet your specific needs and desires. They can come with lighting, ceiling fans and other accessories. If you can imagine it, they can design and build it. The experts at Structurally Speaking can handle projects of any complexity, whether it’s a two-story extension or a porch with stairs. You can design the porch to fit in seamlessly with the architecture and style of your home, or you can add some features to enhance your additional living space. Maybe a fireplace, porch swing, skylight or ceiling fan would add the “wow-factor” you’re looking for. No project is too big or small. If all you need is a small screened porch where you can sit and enjoy iced tea, they can do that too. Maybe a new rocking chair front porch with a screen door is what you’ve always wanted. Whether it’s peace and quiet you’re looking for or an extra outdoor area, Structurally Speaking is here to help. They can even help with porch decorating ideas.

Relax While Staying Home

In these unknown and uncertain times, it seems that staying home is becoming more and more necessary. Without the usual exciting plans, trips and escapes, it would be nice to find new things to do and new ways to relax at home. This unique situation makes it a perfect time to start exploring screened in porch ideas. Maybe your living room suddenly feels too small. What better way to relieve some of the intense stressors of troubling times than staying in the safety and comfort of your own home while sitting in a bubbling hot tub?

Just because the spa may be closed, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the massage of a great hot tub and the convenience of it being right outside on your back porch. One obstacle to procuring a new hot tub is the question of, where will it go? Luckily, you don’t have to walk through muddy grass to get to it because the designers and builders at Structurally Speaking can create the perfect deck around a new hot tub. There are several factors to consider when planning a deck around a hot tub. Accessibility for cleaning and installation are just a few. The team at Structurally Speaking are experienced and knowledgeable about the needs of hot tub owners, so you can be sure they will think of everything.

If a hot tub is not for you, no worries. Structurally Speaking can create a customized deck to best fit your needs and wishes. Whatever your porch idea is, they can customize your screened room design. Contact them today for a design consultation.

Enclosed Porch

In North Carolina’s Triangle area, we are lucky to enjoy moderate weather nearly all year and we also get to enjoy all four seasons. What better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than in a new outdoor room? A sunroom has all the benefits of a screen porch and then some. You can enjoy it year-round whether it’s raining, hot or cold outside. You get the benefits of the beautiful sunshine and Carolina blue sky without having to worry if it’s too hot or cold that day. You will stay cozy no matter the weather.

By adding a sunroom, you add temperature-controlled square footage to your home, which can dramatically increase your home equity and value. You can open all the doors or windows and feel the cool breeze, while still being protected from pesky bugs. There are so many ways to enjoy a new sunroom addition to your home. Imagine your next cookout or family get-together, all gathering in the luxurious comfort of sunshine and cool breezes. Just imagine placing your wicker furniture under the vaulted ceiling of your sunroom and basking in the glow of natural light! A sunroom counts as additional square footage for your home, as well, since it is another heated and cooled room.

The Process

When choosing a company to create any addition to your home, it is important to choose a reputable builder. This is why Structurally Speaking has streamlined the process to make sure you are taken care of every step of the way.

During the initial meeting, you can describe your needs and desires, as well as your budget. This free consultation provides time for you to ask any questions and share your screen porch idea. This conversation gives the design experts a chance to listen to how you will use the space, so they can design something that will be the best fit for your family and lifestyle. They will present screened porch ideas for your outdoor living space. If you feel stuck and can’t think of any decorating ideas, you have come to the right place.

After the consultation, the planning process begins. This is where the information discussed during the first meeting is used to create custom, 3D visuals of your screened porch design. After this process, you will be presented with options that the team created after thoughtfully considering your desires and budget. Recommendations can be made throughout the process, if you’d like a more hands-off approach.

Throughout the entire process, the design and construction are managed by the knowledgeable and trustworthy staff. You don’t have to worry about permits or homeowners’ associations, as the Structurally Speaking staff takes care of these details. You can sit back and relax until your screened porch is complete. They complete the project with as little disruption to your daily life as possible. At the completion of the project, you will have a new living space, added value to your home and increased equity. There’s no need to worry about any detail, the expert builders will make sure the roof and other materials for your new living space match or complement your home.

For All Your Home Improvement Needs

Structurally Speaking is the Triangle’s leading expert in home improvement. If you find yourself not enjoying your outdoor space as much as you used to, it may be time for a new porch or deck. Maybe you notice nails popping up, wood splintering or rotting. These nuisances can make it fairly unpleasant sitting outside. Discoloration, mildew or dangerous rotting are all signs it might be time to replace instead of repairing your patio, deck or existing porch. Luckily, the professionals at Structurally Speaking are here to help you envision your new patio and porch area.

Whether you’re interested in composite decking or stainless and aluminum decking, they have it all. Whatever you imagine, they can build it. If you want to add some interest and intrigue to your outdoor space with a pergola, bench or planters, they can do that too. Maybe the outdoor space you have is still solid and performing well, but isn’t large enough for your growing family or entertaining needs. An extension of your existing deck may be all you need. All viable options can be discussed and then presented for your feedback. Structurally Speaking specializes in redesign and reconstruction of your home’s old porch, too.

Structurally Speaking offers only the highest quality materials and finest craftsmanship every step of the way. They focus on the details on every single job. This way, nothing gets left to chance and no corner is cut. The result is customers get the porch of their dreams. So, whether you want a fan or outdoor cooking area, they can help. In fact, they’ve seen and done it all. So, they have the ability and the passion to bring your dream to life.

Experience You Can Trust

Owner Jim Brennan founded Structurally Speaking in 2008. At the time, he had years of experience with the Raleigh division of the largest deck and porch builder in the country. He had a reputation as one of the leading designers of outdoor spaces. Moreover, he knew that customer service was key to success. So, he launched his own company to help area homeowners improve their homes. Furthermore, he made sure that his company offered a personalized approach to every customer. This starts with fair and competitive pricing and quality without compromise. But it extends to smooth and skillful project management for minimal disruption. And it always focuses on treating the customer with the respect and consideration they deserve.

So, what are you waiting for? Give the experts a call today at 919-786-4825 to get started on improving your home.

Benefits of a 3 Season Room in the Triangle and North Carolina

3 season roomLet’s face it: the last few months have been an adjustment for all of us. Moreover, none of us are really sure when things will get back to normal. Spending more time at home has its ups and downs. The adjustment has certainly been difficult. But underneath that is the opportunity for us to all spend more time at home and connect with family. One of the most challenging aspects of this situation is that we might be spending a little too much time together. After all, none of us expected this, so we probably aren’t prepared for these challenges. A lack of space, feeling cramped up can get on anyone’s nerves. So, why not make things better by adding some very usable space to your home? A 3 season room from Structurally Speaking might be just the solution you’re looking for! This addition allows your family to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about pests or weather. And what better time to add some square footage to your home? It will add significantly to the value of your home when the time comes to sell it. And in the meantime, your whole family can have an extra room in which to stretch out and relax. So, check out the many benefits of a 3 season room below.

What is a 3 Season Room Anyway?

You may not have heard the term 3 season room before. Chances are you may have heard it by a different name. Often, they are called a screened porch. But the concept is still the same. It refers to a room of a house that can be enjoyed in all but the coldest days of winter. The three season name refers to the rest of the year, when you can make use of this extra space.

Unlike a traditional sunroom, a 3 season porch is meant to blend the best of the outdoors and the indoors. It creates a new living space for your entire family. A 3 season room has a roof and an enclosure but often has screening or windows meant to let the outside in. But it can offer all the comforts and amenities of a living room, like the one you already have. However, it lets homeowners enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Best of all, this enjoyment comes without getting soaked by rain thanks to the ceiling or chased off by pests and insects. In fact, some of these rooms can even have a heating element to keep homeowners comfortable when it gets a little cooler. Plus, they can be combined with a patio or a deck for a tremendous outdoor living experience. Often, the door to a 3 season room can lead right out into these areas.

The Center for Outdoor Living

A three season room has many benefits. In fact, a three season room is one of the best additions you can make to your home. The primary reason is because they are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways. To start, these rooms can add extra living space for your family. So, they can be the center of activity. Best of all, they can be customized to suit your family’s specific interests. Add the elements you want to make it the center of fun for the whole family. And Structurally Speaking believes your home should be as unique as your family is.

Maybe your family is one that likes spending time individually on phones, computers, and other devices. Wouldn’t it be great to at least all be in the same room while you do it? You can enjoy the best of both worlds by watching the trees rustle in the wind. Maybe your family likes playing board games or video games together. An addition can be the center of this activity with a TV and all the games ready to be enjoyed. Or, maybe your family can’t get enough of the outdoors. A three-season room pairs perfectly with a deck or patio for a new center for outdoor living. Imagine being able to hang out together, play some games, and enjoy the outdoors. Plus, a 3 season room can even be used as a dining area. So, you can cook something on the grill and then enjoy the meal without being overrun by flies or mosquitoes.

Benefits of a 3 Season Porch

No matter what kind of experience your family enjoys, Structurally Speaking can help. They will work with you on ideas and budget to create the porch of your dreams. And with a 3 season porch from Structurally Speaking, the value can be more than just aesthetic. Check out some of the many benefits:

· Added Value—screened porches are incredibly attractive to potential homebuyers. Check out more on how porches can add value to your home below.

· Comfort—experience the outdoors without sacrificing any of the comforts of modern life. You can enjoy a nice breeze while relaxing on a comfortable couch for the best of both worlds.

· Quality of Life—host parties, game nights, host your kids’ friends, and more. Whatever your family enjoys, a porch can be the perfect setting.

· Extra Living Space—far more than just attractive, porches can add functional space. They can be perfect for a family room, TV room, game room, or much more. Not much room to entertain during holidays or family celebrations? This additional space may be the solution!

Add Value to Your Home

Adding some extra space to your home has probably never been more attractive than it is right now. But it also has never made more sense financially either. To start, a three season porch adds a lot to the curb appeal and aesthetic value of a home. But they do far more than just serve as eye candy. They also add significant value to the price of a home. In fact, a three-season porch is one of the things that may set your house apart from the competition. And it’s not difficult to see why.

Often, square footage is king. Especially when it comes to families. And porches add extra space but also a very valuable kind of living space that most homes don’t have. A high-quality porch with screen enclosure from Structurally Speaking can give your home the edge over other houses on the market. Plus, that investment now will certainly pay off later. Did you know that porches and decks recoup as much as 84% of their installation costs? That makes them one of the most worthwhile additions you can make to your home. Plus, it makes it easy to justify the purchase. You can enjoy it now as an extra living space and as an improvement to quality of life. Plus, a three seasons room can let in tons of natural light and ambience. Then, when it’s time to sell your house, you can get most of that money back.

Look through their gallery to see some of the recent projects they have completed for happy clients in the Triangle area. Depending upon the clients’ wishes and the style of the home, each unique project complements the property in both design and materials. From 3 season rooms to hot tub decks, Structurally Speaking will provide your family with an additional space to enjoy. It will blend in with your home’s style, whether that means creating a vaulted ceiling or a matching roof line.

Experience You Can Trust

Structurally Speaking was born out of a desire to provide Triangle-area homeowners with top-quality home additions. In 1999, owner Jim Brennan was working for the Raleigh division of the largest deck and porch builder in the United States. In that time, he distinguished himself as one of the area’s top designers and builders. During this time, Jim also learned that the customer comes first. He used this important ideal as the backbone when he formed Structurally Speaking in 2008. That’s why Structurally Speaking offers:

· A Personalized Approach—every customer’s home is different. So are their styles. That’s why Structurally Speaking believes in customizing every project to match its owner. For example, a porch that’s right for one family might be totally wrong for another. They will work hard to bring that vision to life to improve the quality of living for your whole family.

· Fair and Competitive Pricing—of course, businesses need to make money. But Structurally Speaking believes in doing it the right way. That’s why they treat customers fairly and provide quality services. You work hard for your money, and they do too.

· Friendly Financing Options—saving for a project like this can be difficult. But there’s no time like the present to enjoy the outdoors. Structurally Speaking has worked with many customers on financing options for a new deck or porch. Just give them a call to find out about the options available to you.

A Proven Process

Structurally Speaking doesn’t believe that home additions have to be stressful. In fact, they think it should be fun and enjoyable. That’s why they use a three-step process that ensures every project comes out perfectly. Check out these steps below:

1. Initial Consultation—every project starts with a free, no-obligation consultation with owner Jim Brennan. Jim insists on meeting every client personally in order to determine their personal needs and interests. Jim will ask a series of questions to uncover your specific functional and aesthetic goals. At the same time, Structurally Speaking will take extensive photographs and measurements as well as a physical survey of your yard. Last but not least, they will discuss budget.

2. Design Presentation—after an initial consultation comes the design presentation. This is often one of the most fun and most exciting steps. During the presentation, Structurally Speaking will use leading technology to help you visualize the project. In addition, they offer a number of options, so you have a choice. All recommendations and options will be customized specifically for your home and vision. This way, clients can choose exactly what they want. This presentation even includes scaled drawings showing all elevations and viewpoints. So, you walk away with a very accurate idea of what is to come.

3. Project Construction—only after you’re ready does construction begin. Right from the beginning, Structurally Speaking will make sure it is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. So how do they accomplish this? To start, they believe in being thorough, respectful, and attentive throughout the entire project. Plus, they minimize intrusion so your family can carry on with your normal, everyday life. They can even help with documents, permits, and other documents required by homeowner associations and your local authorities.

Free Quotes Available Today

No matter where you are in your planning, a free quote is key. That’s why the experts at Structurally Speaking offer free, no-obligation quotes to all customers. They know that budget plays a major part in planning for a home addition. However, it can be tough to provide the final cost for such dynamic projects. That’s why they will come to survey your land and consider the total project before they give you the final cost you can count on.

For example, a simple porch or deck in a typical yard may be at the low end of the price range. However, a multi-level deck with luxury features like a hot tub and television will likely be more expensive. But that’s not all that can impact cost. Everything from features to materials can also have a big impact. That’s why they make it easy to get this information through their simple contact form. They will get back to you within 48 hours with a free, no-obligation consultation with the owner of the company.

Don’t let this unique situation go to waste. Make the most of your time together with a custom porch or deck. Prefer a sunroom? They can help with that too. But why trust just anyone to do it? Structurally Speaking has more than a decade of experience helping Triangle-area families with porches and decks of their dreams. If you’re in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Apex, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, or beyond, they can help.

So, give them a call today at 919-786-4825 to talk to an expert.

Structurally Speaking Sunrooms Add Light to Your Life!

sunroomsLet’s face it, we’ve all had some difficult days over the past few months. Each of us have been striving to find ways to let a little light into our worlds. One of the best ways to do this is by creating a peaceful atmosphere to enjoy in our homes. Certainly, many of us have been spending lots of time in them. Creating a bright ambiance in our living space is crucial to our well-being. Plus, adding natural light and extra room is a benefit that homeowners can enjoy for many years to come. Sunrooms are a fantastic way to do exactly that and more.

What is a Sunroom?

This may seem like a silly question but many people want to know what constitutes a sunroom. The word, sunroom, is thrown around a bit and sometimes misunderstood. For instance, many folks consider an outdoor enclosure screened from the elements as a sunroom. Technically, this is more of a screened porch that does indeed protect you from the elements but is not an extension of your indoor living space.

True sunrooms are often referred to as solariums, which is a lovely word. In Latin, it means a place of sunlight. At Structurally Speaking, we love this concept. We create these places of sunlight within your home as additions to your living space. It allows you to enjoy the beautiful landscape of outdoors. Rather than being surrounded by mainly walls and a few windows like a traditional room, glass typically surrounds sunrooms to allow as much sunshine as you wish to enter your world. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the comforts of being indoors as you relax in your room full of light. 

What are the Benefits of Adding a Sunroom?

Better yet, sunrooms are enclosures that actually add square footage to your house. Since they incorporate the internal conveniences of your home such as electricity, heating and air, they add living space to your floorplan. In turn, this often adds monetary value to your property. Therefore, what you invest into your sunroom, pays off later. More importantly, you get to enjoy the value right away. Think about all the benefits that enhance your living.

First, consider the most obvious advantage of a sunroom addition – extra space! When you add a sunroom to your home, this addition adds square footage and provides more living room for your entire family. As many of us have been at home more than usual over the past few months, we can appreciate this additional living space even more.

Second, adding a sunroom also adds natural light. Not only is natural light beautiful and soothing, natural light studies show it’s beneficial to our well-being. Year-round sunrooms enclosed in glass allow light to boost your Vitamin D and decrease depression. Furthermore, improved mental health may help you sleep better, which certainly has health boosts. 

Third, while a patio could provide the above benefits to a certain extent, all-seasons sunrooms allow you to enjoy the outdoors from a protected point of view.  Since glass typically surrounds these enclosures on three walls, you can still immerse yourself in nature. However, you needn’t fret over the more worrisome aspects of nature. For instance, the roof above you protects you from sunburn, rain and snow. Additionally, year-round sunrooms are temperature-controlled. Be cool when you want to chill, stay toasty when your wish to be warm. Whatever the weather is outside, your beautiful sunroom is always comfy inside. Sometimes, nature involves pesky critters. Ditch the bug spray and lounge without bees and other creatures buzzing about.

Unique Ideas for Sunrooms

Next, think about how you can use your beautiful sunroom. Diverse entertainment options abound for your special space. Just a few ways to use your sunroom include:

  • Make it a gaming area. Whether you prefer classic board games, cards or a little pool or ping pong, year-round sunrooms provide the perfect space.
  • Tired of walls surrounding you when you work out indoors? Fill your space with glass and light and enjoy the outdoors in a temperature-controlled room.
  • Enjoy outdoor concerts, indoors! A sunroom addition is the perfect place for a music room. Whether you opt for a grand piano, guitar space or a little bit of both, sunrooms are lovely places to practice and perform.
  • Don’t close yourself in when crafting! Move your materials to your sunroom and enjoy the peacefulness of nature while you create your works of art.
  • Speaking of art, year-round sunrooms provide great lighting for an art studio. Plus, they provide the perfect view to inspire your masterpieces!
  • A glass sunroom is also a great space for a hot tub. Hop in for a soak no matter the weather. Better yet, if your space is large enough, a small indoor swim spa is an intriguing addition.
  • Many folks enjoy the idea of an outdoor kitchen. However, some homeowners would rather feel like they’re outside without directly dealing with ALL that nature offers. An indoor sunroom kitchen is a fun alternative.
  • Or, go for a more practical approach and use your sunroom for office space. Sitting behind your desk and toiling away feels a lot less like working when surrounded by glass and the outdoors.
  • Likewise, a room addition is practical for additional sleeping space. With a futon or fold-out couch and other appropriate furniture, you can easily convert your sunroom to hold extra guests whenever needed.

Whatever its main use, your sunroom is likely going to be a gathering space for family and friends as well. So, keep this in mind as you select which sunroom styles fit your lifestyle best.

Selecting A Sunroom that Fits Your Lifestyle the Best

As you consider adding a sunroom, let’s figure out how you prefer to use your space and the types of sunrooms that fit your style the best. Sunroom ideas abound. Determining the types of sunrooms for your needs requires you to sort through diverse sunroom options which can be a chore in itself. However, it’s a pretty fun chore! Plus, our team is here to help you find the perfect design for you and your family.

Here are a few sunroom styles to get you started.

  • Florida sunroom – Essentially, a Florida room is the same as a sunroom. A small difference sometimes noted is that a sunroom can be on the side of a house whereas a Florida room is more often at the back of a house. Nowadays, the terms are often used interchangeably no matter the location of your sunroom addition.
  • Cathedral sunroom – Vaulted ceilings let additional light shine throughout a cathedral sunroom. The height opens the space more as well.
  • Conservatory Sunroom – Originally designed to cultivate plants, a conservatory has a lean frame and glass or glazed walls. The roof is glass as well.
  • Gable Sunroom – The roofing of a gable sunroom consists of two solid panels sloping in opposite directions.
  • Shed Sunroom – The style of a shed sunroom (also known as a studio sunroom) incorporates a single-pitch, solid roof that slopes away from the house.
  • Solarium – Similar to a conservatory, a solarium has a glass roof. However, it is often built with a slope and the walls join with a continuous curve.

Many folks also like to have a theme incorporated in their sunroom styles. Opt for a regional theme that highlights the coast or mountains. Or, choose a theme that reflects a hobby, sport or even your favorite movie or show!

Frequently Asked Questions

In addition to sunroom design, our clients often have some logistical questions. For instance, here are a couple of queries we’ve seen typed into search engines lately.

Where to build your sunroom, using an existing patio??

While this is technically possible, there are numerous factors to consider. First, an existing patio is likely not graded properly enough to build a structure on it. If it tilts the wrong way, has some aging, etc., your structure will not be stable. Furthermore, not all patios are able to bear the weight of a new addition placed upon them.

Is a sunroom cheaper than an addition?

Ultimately, a sunroom may involve less material than a room addition and may therefore cost less. For example, you may not be using as much insulation for a sunroom. Although, rest assured that our team at Structurally Speaking can make your sunroom energy efficient! With the use of insulated glass or double paned glass, you can keep your area cool, or warm, when needed. Furthermore, with proper shading, you can use light when you want it and limit it when you don’t.  Plus, adding attractive square footage to your home is always a great selling point!

Other Ways Structurally Speaking Brightens Your Day

At Structurally Speaking, we strive to brighten your day from the start. First, we provide personalized designs. That means our approach begins and ends with YOU.  After carefully listening to your needs, we make recommendations and design a sunroom that you deserve!

Second, we offer competitive pricing.  Once we understand your needs, we review budgets from the start.  Therefore, all parties have a realistic idea of what to expect in the final cost during the initial consultation!

Third, we guarantee expert project management.  Our owner, Jim Brennan, personally oversees every job site.  For nearly twenty years, he has stood out as one of Raleigh’s top designers.  This experience shines through in all of our projects.

Finally, we dedicate ourselves to providing unparalleled customer service.  Fortunately, we get much of our business from customer referrals.  And, we appreciate that.  However, we also work hard to earn it. Our goal is to be better than the competition. Always. In order to improve our results, we encourage open lines of communication.  Ultimately, we are your partners in your project!  But, don’t worry, WE do all the work!

Customer Reviews

As we mentioned, much of our work comes from customer referrals. Likewise, our clients have taken the time to share some kind reviews on our behalf. Here are just a few.

Just thought I’d let you know that we had some friends over that were interested in getting a custom porch similar to ours. I explained what we had done, our experiences with you and our discussions with others. Essentially, I said that at the end of the day, if I ever had to do another porch, I would have no hesitation having you do it again.

I said that you always went the extra mile and addressed any concerns I ever had. I warned them that the process can take longer than they expect, but ultimately it is worth it. I think I had them convinced that they would be crazy to go elsewhere. I pointed out that one of the main differences between you and others was your level of professionalism. You prepared designs, showed them in software, and provided drawings unlike others who may have been cheaper, but simply took the approach that they would build what you asked for without offering any design ideas. I also spoke well all of the guys in terms of their work ethic. I spoke so positively; they must have thought I was on commission!

Rosemary R.

We could not be more pleased. Jim Brennan has a gift for design, and Structurally Speaking’s crew did an excellent job of turning our vision into a reality. Their attention to detail and their overall workmanship was wonderful.”

Mike R.

With all this in mind, what are you waiting for? Contact Structurally Speaking today for your free design consultation and quote! We also specialize in creating, designing and building highly-functioning, custom decks, screened porches and pergolas.

If You’re Enclosing a Porch for Living Space Call the Experts

Enclosing a Porch for Living SpaceVirtually every season in North Carolina is comfortable. It’s one of the great things about the Tarheel state. But, is your family taking full advantage of each season weather-wise? A structure such as a porch or deck is the ultimate way to enjoy it. And when you choose Structurally Speaking, you get the best options imaginable. That’s because Structurally Speaking has the experience and expertise to do the job right. They offer a number of different options. Want to enclose the porch with walls on all sides? No problem. Looking to add windows for a sunroom? They know just how to help. Or, maybe you want a structure that has both regular walls and windows together? If you can dream it, they can probably make it happen. So, if you’re thinking about enclosing a porch for living space – call the experts at Structurally Speaking.

Enclosing a Porch for Living Space

Choosing the right structure for your home encompasses many factors. For many homeowners, enclosing a porch for living space is the ideal way to go. An enclosed porch allows families to enjoy the outdoors the entire year. Structurally Speaking can design and build the enclosed porch of your dreams. Maybe you want a large space for entertaining? They can build it. Or, maybe you’ve always dreamt of a porch with a hot tub. They can make it happen. Their commitment to excellence ensures your project receives high priority and attention. As such, they can even get most projects done in just a few weeks. In need of some inspiration? Check out their gallery for porches and decks they’ve built for previous customers.

Get Your Free Quote Today

Of course, with these options comes a wide range of costs. Everything from size to materials can affect the price of a project. That’s what makes it difficult to provide flat rates. However, Structurally Speaking offers free, no-obligation quotes so you can have a better idea of costs. Make sure you have all the information before you make a decision. Just fill out their contact form and they will be in touch.

Trust the Experts

Your home is the most significant investment you’ll likely ever make. You wouldn’t trust your retirement account to just any company. So why roll the dice when it comes to your home? Be sure to protect it by trusting only the experts. Structurally Speaking has more than a decade of helping Triangle-area customers. They’re trusted by customers in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, and beyond. And the answer is very simple. They combine expert craftsmanship with an uncommon commitment to customer satisfaction.

From design to construction, they treat every customer the right way. They can build any structure you want. Choose from a porch with walls or windows or just about anything else. Jim Brennan started the company over a decade ago. He had built a remarkable reputation as a designer of unique additions and enclosures for homes in the Raleigh area. He personally oversees every project to ensure that every client receives exactly the space that they need and want. You’ve probably thought about adding on to your home at some point. So why not get some more information? It could be easier or cheaper than you think to enjoy every season with your family.

Give the experts at Structurally Speaking a call today at 919-786-4825 for more information.