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.

Learn How Our Deck Builders can Customize Your New Deck

deck buildersStaying at home can get monotonous, especially if you are used to getting out of the house during the summer. A custom deck or porch can add to your usable living space in a fun new way. Imagine drinks on the deck with your spouse or enjoying time outside with your kids. Here at Structurally Speaking, our team of deck builders can create the custom enclosed porch or deck of your dreams. Let’s take a look at exactly how you can customize your outdoor living space.

Decking Materials to Fit Your Home’s Style

When you picture your new deck in your mind, what is it made from? Most people would say wood, but we have several material options to fit your aesthetics and budget.

No one material is better than others. That’s why every deck project we complete starts with a consultation. We’ll talk about your vision and lifestyle. Then, we’ll design options with the materials that will work best. Before our team of deck builders gets to work, we’ll make sure you are 100% happy with the color, maintenance needs, and style of the deck materials you choose.

Pressure-treated wood and composite decking are two of the more traditional deck materials. However, our team also can use stainless and aluminum options or discuss other materials with you as well. Wood options can be stained or painted, based on the look you want and the level of upkeep you want to do in the future.

In short, the best way to learn about deck material options is to speak with a deck contractor like Structurally Speaking. We’ll go over the pros and cons of each option.

Levels and Stairs with Your New Deck

Here at Structurally Speaking, we build all kinds of decks. If you check out our gallery, you’ll notice that we’ve built small, simple decks, as well as large multi-level decks with stairs.

Which is the best option for your home? Here are a few questions to consider:

  • How often do you plan to use your deck? Do you often wish you had an outdoor space to entertain, or is it just a place to put the grill? If you want to use your deck as an extension of your home, you’ll want to think bigger.
  • What makes the most sense for your home’s style? Some homes lend themselves to a multi-level deck, while others look better with a single-level deck.
  • Is your yard on an incline? A natural incline lends itself to a multi-level deck, even if you have a ranch style home.
  • What is your budget? Obviously, the bigger the deck, the more expensive it will be due to the increased materials. Bigger decks also take longer to build. Our custom deck builder team is fast, but we don’t rush through a project or cut corners.

If you aren’t sure, we can show you multiple deck designs. After your initial consultation, we will come up with a few options for you, based on your needs and budget. We can include a multi-level deck as one of the options if you are interested in this kind of design. There are no strings attached if you decide you want a smaller deck after all.

Deck Seating to Provide a Comfortable Outdoor Space

You can’t fully enjoy your new deck without seating. You have two main options for seating:

  1. Stand-alone seating that you purchase separately
  2. Built-in seating such as benches, which we’ll design as part of the deck project

If you’ll be purchasing stand-alone seating, we’ll still want to include it in our design plans. Your new deck will be perfectly suited to your needs, with space for any planned seating. For example, if you plan for a small round table with four chairs, you’ll need a different design than if you want a large table with seating for eight.

With a larger deck, you’ll typically want a few different seating areas based on how you’ll be using the space. You may want seating for outdoor dining, as well as seats that enjoy more sun or more shade.

If you enjoy hosting gatherings, you’ll also want additional seating options for guests that don’t obstruct your use of the deck when they aren’t in use. To solve this problem, we recommend built-in benches. Our team has experience building functional benches that also look great. Benches can serve as additional seating when you need it, but also work well for potted plants. We can also build wide stairs that double as benches.

Room to Garden on Your New Deck

Speaking of potted plants, do you enjoy gardening? We can build a deck that works with your existing landscape and gives you a new area for gardening options. Every deck installation has only one goal – to focus on your satisfaction with the finished product.

First, it bears mentioning that we’ll respect your current landscape if it is important to you. Don’t worry about your favorite rose bush or tree. Our designs will take any existing landscape into consideration. We work with your yard, not against it. This includes considering how your new deck may cast shadows in areas that were once sunny. Our deck builders are also careful to not disturb your landscaping more than necessary during construction.

If you love to garden, we can create new opportunities built into the deck design. Benches are just the start. With a new wood deck, you can also have built-in planters or planting areas. We’ll design them in the perfect locations for sun or shade, based on what your plants require.

Additionally, we can include a pergola as part of your dream deck. Pergolas have several benefits:

  • Planting: You can plant any kind of climbing ivy, rose, or vine to create a vertical garden on your new deck.
  • Cooling: A pergola adds extra protection from the sun in certain areas. If you have plants or seating areas that need shade, a pergola is a great option.
  • Privacy: Once you’ve added the climbing plants, a pergola adds a little privacy to your deck, without completely obstructing your view.
  • Uniqueness: Pergolas give your landscape that “something special” that you don’t find everywhere.
  • Defining a Space: With a pergola, you define a space without closing it off. This works especially well for large decks.

Adding a pergola to your deck project is extremely affordable. It adds visual impact to your deck without breaking the bank. Simply mention to our designer that you are considering a pergola during your initial consultation. We’re happy to show you custom deck options with and without including a pergola.

Add a Hot Tub, Kitchen, or Other Features to Your Deck

Your new deck can truly be an addition to your home. As we design it, we can add any special features you might want, including room for a hot tub, a large outdoor kitchen, and more. Consider built-in lighting, a fence enclosure, sunken seating, designer handrails, a fire pit, and other fun features. If you can dream it, we can build it. This article from Houzz has a few luxury deck ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.

We can Redesign Your Old Deck

Instead of starting from scratch, the deck builder team at Structurally Speaking can simply redesign and replace your existing deck. Over the years, any deck can fall into disrepair. This can be a hazard for your family, pets, and guests. Here are a few indications that you may need a new deck:

  • Severe discoloration that is not easily fixed with a pressure washer or refinish
  • Holes or broken boards
  • Signs of damage from pests such as termites
  • Visible mold, mildew, or rot
  • Boards that are separating and pushing nails out of the wood
  • Tree roots breaking through your deck
  • Loose deck railing or stairs

We can come to your home to assess the condition. Sometimes, deck repair makes the most sense. Often, problems look worse than they really are. However, it is always better to have our professionals assess the problem. We can spot safety hazards and build you a new beautiful deck if it is time to say goodbye to the old one.

Beyond the Deck: Other Options Available from Deck Builders

Although we love decks, they are not your only option for remodeling your outdoor living space. Here at Structurally Speaking, we also build screened porches/sunrooms to make outdoor living possible for your family. Here are a few reasons why you might want a screened porch instead of a traditional deck:

  • Function During Three Seasons: A screened porch is often called a three season porch because you can use it for most of the year. The entire porch is actually a room with ceiling and screens to protect you from rain. It can have fans or even heating and cooling.
  • No Pests: Say goodbye to mosquito bites or the need for harsh chemical sprays and insect repelling candles. Screened porches are also an especially good place to enjoy an outdoor meal without constantly swatting flies away from the food.
  • More Secure: Families with young children and pets often like a screened porch, since it adds an extra level of security. If you don’t have a fenced-in yard or have a pool without a separate gate, a screened porch maybe be a great option for you. Of course, a screened-in porch also has a door that can be locked at night, making it slightly more secure for items that could be easily stolen from a porch or deck.
  • Comfortable Seating for All Guests: When you’re hosting a party, you want all guests to feel comfortable. Older guests and others who are more susceptible to high temperatures might like sitting inside better than enjoying the fun outside. A screened porch allows everyone to be together.
  • Increase Your Home’s Value: As with a quality deck, a beautiful screened porch can increase your home’s value. It is a major selling point if you ever decide to put your home on the market.

We can easily convert your current porch or deck to be a screened porch or sunroom. Or, let us design and build one from scratch.

And here’s the best part: You don’t have to choose. We can create a combination deck and screened porch for the perfect backyard space for your home.

Why Choose Structurally Speaking for Your Custom Deck

For nearly a decade, Structurally Speaking owner Jim Brennan worked for the largest deck and porch builder in the United States. During this time, he became a top deck and porch designer and learned that his approach was what made him stand apart. He started Structurally Speaking in 2008, and today, Jim still personally works with every client. When you choose Structurally Speaking, here’s what you can expect:

  • Jim will work with you directly to create a design you love. No idea is too outlandish. No project is too small.
  • We’ll set a budget during your initial consultation, and we’ll stick to it. No surprise bills!
  • Our pricing is competitive. We have relationships with manufacturers so we are able to pass on those savings to you.
  • Jim supervises the crew and oversees every project. We don’t pass off the construction to a third party.

Most importantly, if you have any questions along the way, we’re happy to answer them. We listen to every concern and can make changes as needed. This is your new deck and we want you to love it. After all, you’re the one who has to live with it after our crew leaves. If you aren’t completely satisfied, we’ll work with you until you are.

Your new deck starts with a free no-strings-attached consultation with Jim. Fill out the form on this page to get started or click here to contact us.