Our Team Can Bring Your Screened In Porch Ideas to Life

screened in porch ideasA screened porch is a great way to add an indoor/outdoor combination space to your home. However, as you are planning this new addition, the options can seem overwhelmingly endless. Here at Structurally Speaking, we have experience with helping homeowners navigate the building process. We’ll help you figure out the best screened in porch ideas for your home. Then, we’ll turn your design into a reality!

Porch Options for your Home – Which is Right for You?

First, keep in mind that a screen porch is just one of the options if you want an outdoor living space. We also have experience building:

  • Sunrooms (aka four-season rooms)
  • Multi-level and single-level decks
  • Combination porch/decks

Typically, a sunroom is the best option if you like spending most of your time inside. On the other hand, a deck is the best option if you like spending most of your time outside. An enclosed porch is the best of both worlds. You can keep it warm with some heaters or a fireplace and cool with some fans. However, unlike a sunroom, you get more fresh air and natural light through the screens.

Our process starts with an in-depth consultation. We’ll talk about your budget, your family’s habits, and your ultimate wish list. Our goal is to figure out what is most important for your new screened porch.

You’re in good hands! Our owner, Jim Brennan, oversees every project, so you get the exact porch design that is right for you. Jim has been working in the deck and porch design field for over 20 years. After working for the largest deck and porch builder in the United States, he founded Structurally Speaking in 2008. Jim gives every family a customized, competitively-priced screened porch design. Rather than an overpriced, cookie-cutter solution, you’ll get a porch, deck, or sunroom that you really love.

How Can You Use a Screened Porch?

When we create your screened porch, sometimes called a three season porch, we can build it from scratch or we can enclose your existing porch. If you have a porch already, you don’t lose any function by enclosing it with screens. You can still sit on your porch to enjoy a nice breeze as you relax. However, adding the screens gives you several other ways to enjoy your porch!

First, our clients love being able to use their porches at night without worrying about mosquitoes. Let’s face it – the evenings here in North Carolina can be pretty buggy. Screens prevent the bugs from eating you alive…and that’s always a good thing!

Because the screens keep out the bugs, this is also the perfect solution for picnics. You’ll have a place to spread out the food without worrying about a fly diving into the dip or a bee buzzing around the barbecue.

Another awesome function of a screened in porch is to provide a protected place for anyone who wants to get out of the sun. When you have a party or picnic in your outdoor area, older family members may need to take a break. Instead of going inside, where they can feel disconnected from the rest of the family, they can enjoy the enclosed porch.

With a screened porch, you’ll also have a safe outdoor living room where your children can play. If you have small children, you might not feel comfortable sending them outside by themselves, even if your yard has fencing. As an added bonus, they can play outside even in the rain!

This just scratches the surface when it comes to screened in porch ideas. You can read about more benefits here! Jim will speak to you about how you plan to use your porch. Then, he’ll design the porch or porch/deck combo that will work best for your family.

Creating a True Outdoor Room

Yes, your screened in porch can function as an outdoor living space, especially in the summer. Some people even turn their screened porch into a “sleeping porch” during the summer because it is the perfect place to sleep when the weather is warm. You can add a small day bed or other comfortable furniture to enjoy the feeling of camping out without having to pitch a tent.

To make your screened in porch feel like a true outdoor room, here are a few ideas you can consider:

  • Install a ceiling fan to help you stay cool, even when there is no breeze.
  • Consider adding some curtains, shades, awnings, or even shutters to give you some additional privacy when needed.
  • Add features to make your porch feel cozy, such as an outdoor fireplace. This is especially helpful in keeping your screened in porch functional well into autumn.
  • Choose flooring that is both easy to clean and comfortable for walking barefoot. We have some great composite decking and wood options, and you can also consider other materials.
  • Keep the porch swing if you love it, but also add other furniture pieces with weather-resistant fabrics and finishes. Use wicker furniture, bamboo and other materials that provide an outdoor ambiance.

As part of the porch design process, Jim will talk to you about how to create a space that is most functional for your family’s needs.

Screened In Porch Ideas for Decorating

We recommend thinking about your decorating preferences when you start the design process. This allows you to choose features like flooring and finishes that make sense for your overall aesthetic. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to decorating! However, here are a few questions to consider:

  • How is the rest of your home decorated? Typically, you’ll want rooms to flow nicely, including your porch. (That’s not to say your porch can’t be a departure if that’s what you want! After all, it is your space!)
  • Do you want to have a theme? Some people like to give their enclosed porch the feel of a beach retreat, mountain cabin, tropical paradise, etc.
  • What colors will complement your home and the outdoors? Think about the yard, street, or other landscape you can see from your porch.
  • Where is your porch in relation to the sun? As you are placing seating, plants, and other items, you’ll want to keep the sun in mind. No one can enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning if the sun is directly in their eyes.
  • Who will be using the porch the most? Is it a space for the whole family, an area more for adults, a playroom for the kids, or a hangout spot for teens?
  • Consult various websites for decorating ideas. You will find many resources with specific porch decorating ideas.

As you consider how you want to decorate, we can make recommendations for the types of screens, as well as other things we will be installing, such as flooring and railings. Throughout the process, we are mindful of your budget. We won’t start construction until you are completely happy with both the design and the price tag.

Turning Your Porch into Something More

Many clients find that an enclosed porch is just the first step in creating the perfect indoor/outdoor living space. This is especially true if you are converting or building a back porch, where more people have more space. Instead of a porch alone, we can also create a full screen porch plan that connects to a beautiful deck. This gives you ample additional living space under a roof, while also adding true outdoor space perfect for relaxing and parties.

Our porch/deck combos can be as complex or simple as you want. We have clients who have a small porch that leads to an effortless, uncomplicated deck. However, some clients prefer large porches that have a screen door leading to a large multi-level deck. Some of the features that add function and beauty to a deck are pergolas, built-in seating, planters, and more. We have even built custom hot tub decks for our clients!

If you’re not sure what you want, we can show you a wide range of options that fit your budget and space. Our goal is to narrow down what will work best for you. You don’t have to worry about an overbearing sales pitch when you work with Structurally Speaking. We never talk you into features you don’t need just to raise the price of the project. At the end of the day, it’s most important to us that your final porch area is exactly what you want.

Adding Value to Your Home

One of the other main advantages to a screened porch that we haven’t yet discussed is the increase in home equity. HGTV lists creating an outdoor space as one of the 10 ways you can add value to your home. Even a small screened porch will make your home more attractive to buyers if you ever sell.

If you aren’t thinking about selling anytime soon, adding a screened porch, either as a front porch or back porch can have other financial benefits. Down the road, if you ever need a home equity loan or line of credit, an outdoor living space can lead to a higher appraisal.

Additionally, if your family grows, an enclosed porch gives you extra living space without having to build onto your home. Sometimes, it is nice to have multiple places for people to relax, especially if, for example, one person is trying to study, another is trying to watch television, and another is trying to work. Even a big living room with a vaulted ceiling can feel small when people are trying to do multiple activities in one space.

It is also easy, relatively speaking, to convert a screened porch to a full sun room (aka four- season room). So, if you want to upgrade, we can help you complete that project in the future. The project will be easier with your existing porch than it would be to build a new sun room from scratch.

Structurally Speaking – Builders You Can Trust

We’ve mentioned how our owner Jim is heavily involved with the design process for every client. But what about the building process? Can you trust our crew to create your dream?

The short answer is yes!

Jim doesn’t just oversee the design step of the process. He also keeps careful watch over our construction crew. Here are our promises to you:

  • We don’t hire unknown, unreliable subcontractors to finish the job. Jim oversees our trusted team of specialists who have experience building custom decks and porches.
  • Our crew will respect your property. We don’t leave a messy worksite at the end of each day. Additionally, we take care to disrupt your landscape as little as possible. We’ll do our best to impact your life minimally as we complete your project.
  • Also, we will respect your time. Our team will show up bright and early, ready to work, based on the schedule we set. Sometimes, unavoidable weather delays happen, but in these cases, we always stay in touch about an updated timeline for your porch project.
  • Quality is important to us. We use the best materials on the market and take pride in impeccable work. If you are not satisfied with any aspect of your enclosed porch, we’ll make it right. We’re not happy until you’re happy.

Are you ready to learn more about how we can help you create a beautiful screened in porch? Click here to contact us via phone or fill out the form to schedule a free design consultation. We look forward to working with you!

Screened-In Porches Provide Five Amazing Advantages

 

screened-in porches

Screened-in porches are the perfect home improvement project for North Carolina homeowners. Our year-round mild weather is something all residents want to enjoy at home. A screen porch is the best of both worlds – inside and outside. A homeowner can enjoy numerous benefits from a screened porch. Best of all, porch design ideas are limitless and fun to consider and implement. Structurally Speaking will design and build the porch of your dreams. We provide unique designs, reasonable pricing, quality project management, and unmatched customer service. Contact us at 919-786-4825 to start your screened porch project.

Benefits of Screened-In Porches

Screened-in porches are immensely popular in North Carolina as they provide numerous benefits to southern homeowners. Without further ado, here are the top five advantages to adding on a screened-in porch:

  1. Adds value
  2. Provides additional space
  3. Ability to enjoy the outdoors no matter the weather
  4. Great space for pets
  5. Numerous ways to utilize the space
  6. No insects can spoil your relaxation

Adds value to your house

When taking on a home improvement project, it is always important to consider if it will add value to your current residence. According to a 2017 study completed by the American Institute of Architects, outdoor living spaces remain the most popular requests homeowners are inquiring about to builders. The study stated outdoor living space addition requests increased for the sixth year in a row.

Outdoor living spaces include screened-in porches, patios, decks, hot tub decks, pergolas, three-season rooms and sunrooms. Adding usable space to a home will always increase a home’s value. A screened-in porch as an outdoor living space addition adds usable space; therefore, it adds value to your home. Structurally Speaking has the experience and skill to design and build all of these additions to your home. Let us discuss the needs of your family and the options available during a free consultation.

More space to play and relax

Adding more space not only increases your home’s value, but gives you and the family more space to spread out. A screened porch will be another area of your home for playing, relaxing, entertaining, or whatever you choose to do in that space.

Enjoy the outdoors no matter the weather forecast

One of the best features of a screen porch is that its occupants will enjoy the outdoors while still being ‘indoors’ enough to not get wet from rain or scorched from direct sunlight. Not only does it keep out the elements, but also pesky bugs will not be able to get through the screen.

Great space for pets

People not only enjoy the porch area, but pets will also love the space. Indoor cats typically do not get to enjoy the outdoors other than an occasionally open window. However, a screened-in porch changes that completely! Dogs will also love feeling the breeze and smelling the fresh air through the screen without being on a leash.

Endless ideas for usage

Of course, the ideas for how to use a screen porch are limitless. Here are a few suggestions on ways to use a screened-in porch:

  • Dining area
  • Parties or entertainment
  • Home office
  • Reading nook
  • Study spot
  • Homeschool room
  • Outdoor-style movie room
  • Playroom
  • Garden or arboretum
  • Outdoor kitchen

No insect worries

You can relax and serve food without worrying about mosquitoes, flies or any other uninvited guests invading your outdoor space! Best of all, no mosquito bites to spoil your fun!

Ideas for Year-Round Screen Porches

Now that you know all the benefits of a screened porch, it is time to start considering must-have additions to ensure you can utilize it year-round. Spring and fall are always the perfect temperatures in North Carolina, so a screen porch is flawless the way it is. However, summertime in the south gets toasty. Therefore, an important and almost necessary addition to a screened in porch is a ceiling fan. Depending on how large the porch is, sometimes you may want to add more than one fan to the ceiling. While winters are mild in North Carolina, it still gets cold. In fact, it is usually too cold to enjoy being outside for long. But, adding an outdoor fireplace is a great way to add warmth on cold evenings on a screened porch. Another option is using outdoor heaters.

Porch Design Ideas

The most enjoyable part of any home addition is the design phase! A screen porch is no different. From furniture to lighting, it is important to consider all aspects in your porch design.

Fabulous Furniture for Relaxing and Entertaining

These are a few ideas for your new porch furniture:

  • All-weather patio furniture – wind, sunlight, and rain gusts will impact the furniture’s life, so you want something that will survive the elements.
  • Porch swings
  • Swinging daybed – perfect for those who want a sleeping porch.
  • Synthetic wicker furniture
  • Sectionals
  • Table & Chairs – great to turn the porch into a dining room option.
  • Hammock
  • Desk – during these days when many of us are working or schooling from home, an extra place to have a work/study area is almost a necessity!

Looking for more furniture and design ideas? Check out these pictures on Houzz for more screened-in porch design ideas. Once you decide which furniture you want, next up is deciding how to arrange it all in this new living space.

Illuminating Lighting for the Entire Porch Area

After determining the design for the porch, it is crucial to decide what type of lighting you want to set the ambiance on your porch. Below are a few popular lighting options for screened-in porches:

  • String bistro lights
  • Small lamps
  • Stand-up lamps
  • Outdoor chandelier
  • Carriage lanterns
  • Candles
  • Ceiling fan lights
  • Outdoor lanterns
  • Wall-mounted task lamps
  • Christmas string lights
  • Sconces

Consider the use of the porch area before deciding on lighting. If it will be a study or home office space, then you will want something that gives off a lot of light. Or, if it is for entertaining you will want fun lighting that sets an exciting atmosphere. Do not be afraid to mix lighting up either. There is no rule that says you can only use one type of lighting while designing your new outdoor living space.

Utilize the Ceiling

Do not forget about the ceiling. There is a centuries-old tradition to paint porch ceilings in a pale blue color. People thought the color scared off ghosts and evil spirits and kept them from entering the home. They thought the blue resembled water that spirts could not cross, or the sky which spirits could easily pass through. Consequently, that is how the color got its name, haint blue, which is an alternate spelling of ‘haunt’ during the early days in southern history.

Other Outdoor Room Choices

There are a few more selections to consider when designing your new screened-in porch. Whether you select a sectional sofa or individual chairs, having a fun or classy pillow is a must-add choice. If your backyard is in view of other houses, then privacy might be a concern. One option to add more privacy would be to add some draperies or awnings over each screen. These also keep too much sunlight from coming through a screen when the porch is in direct sunlight.

Rugs are a great choice to place over decking for comfort, especially if you love being barefoot on your porch. Click here for some great tips on how to choose the right rug for your porch or patio spaces. If you plan to use your new screened-in porch for parties or entertaining then be sure to invest in a nice, outdoor-friendly, bar cart. For those that want to make another kitchen space out of their porch, use this Louisiana house screen porch as an example. They add a grill and counters in a beautiful fashion.

Lastly, a final option to consider is what type of screen door you will add to the screen porch. It is important the door always has some type of hook or lock to keep it closed when not opening or closing the door.

Keeping it Clean

Does the thought of keeping your screened-in porch clean make you cringe? Do not worry, it is not too complex. The biggest thing to keep in mind is to conduct regular cleaning as well as seasonal maintenance. Be sure to read this article with tips and tricks on how to easily keep your porch sparkling.

How Much Does It Cost?

Are you excited about the idea of hiring a porch builder for your new screened-in porch yet? You are probably now wondering how much it costs to build a screen porch. There is no exact cost or answer to this question as it greatly varies depending on many factors and the scope of the project. Here are a few aspects that impact cost when building a screen porch:

  • Decking materials and screen fabric
  • Screen size and quantity
  • Size of the space
  • Length of time the project takes
  • Electrical needs, if adding wiring
  • Adding outdoor grill and/or counter tops

These are only a few factors to consider when pricing a screen porch addition. Our owner, Jim Brennan, provides all potential clients with a free, no-obligation initial consultation to discuss the project and pricing. Call us at 919-786-4825 to request yours and begin planning your dream porch.

Enclosed Patio: Screened-In Porch Versus Sunroom

As you read earlier, there are many types of outdoor spaces to add onto your home. Are you struggling to decide between a screened-in porch or sunroom? Are you not sure which patio enclosure is right for you, your house, or your family?

First, it is important to understand the differences between the two. A screened-in porch is an enclosed porch with screens. Whereas, a sunroom typically has glass and walls which does not put inhabitants in direct contact with the elements. It is, in effect, another room added to your home and has heat and air conditioning.

There are various factors to consider when deciding between the two.

Do you already have an existing deck or patio that you can easily enclose with screens? If yes, this choice could save you money.

Is your budget flexible? Sunrooms tend to cost more to build, so if you have a bigger budget this might be a great option.

Are you wanting to enjoy the breeze and fresh air? Then, a screen porch is the way to go.

Read this article for more questions to ask yourself when deciding between a sunroom and screened-in porch.

Why Structurally Speaking?

Structurally Speaking is committed to designing and building high-quality outdoor living spaces for our Raleigh-area clients. Our owner, Jim Brennan, worked with the largest United States deck and porch builder for over a decade. He proved to be one of their top designers in the Raleigh division. In 2008, he started his own business, Structurally Speaking, to provide Raleigh area homeowners with his unique approach to designing porches and decks. His porch ideas are unique for every project and not a cookie-cutter approach. His designs will complement your home’s style and location.

As a top Raleigh porch builder, we are committed to four major values for every project. Those are:

  1. Customized design
  2. Competitive pricing
  3. Expert project management
  4. Excellent customer service

What else can we do? In addition to building top-quality screened-in porches, we also provide these services as well:

  • Deck
  • Sunroom
  • Pergola
  • 3-Season Porch
  • Hot Tub Deck

Your Call to Action

Picture this… a calming breeze flowing through the screen, happy birds chirping, and a warm cup of coffee in your hand. All of that can be yours if you build a screened-in porch for your house! At Structurally Speaking, our goal is to put you in the screened porch of your dreams. We want you to have a space you absolutely love. Give us a call today at 919-786-4825 or fill out our simple contact form to request your free, no-obligation consultation.

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.

Screen Porch Contractors Near Me – Structurally Speaking

screen porch contractors near meNorth Carolina has some of the best weather in the country. Though the winter months make most people head inside, they are relatively mild and short-lived. Soon, the cold will pass and we will enjoy the warmth and beauty of the spring. From blooming flowers to fresh grass, spring in the Tarheel state is tough to beat. Moreover, spring is the perfect time for your family to spend more time outdoors. And what better way to enjoy that weather than with a screened porch? If you’re looking for screen porch contractors near me then look no further. From design to choosing materials, Structurally Speaking can help. Their experts will guide you every step of the way for your next screened deck, patio, or porch.

Screen Porch Contractors Near Me

Structurally Speaking designers and installers are the screen porch contractors near me you’ve been looking for. They are experts in screens for a deck, a porch, or a patio. Structurally Speaking goes to great lengths to deliver originality, functionality, and value to every project. They pride themselves on being a partner for clients during the design and building processes.

Even better, they offer personalized approaches, a wide range of materials, competitive pricing, and unparalleled customer service. As an example, they can help you with any necessary paperwork. Don’t let your homeowner’s association stand in the way of your family’s happiness. Let Structurally Speaking check every box so you can enjoy your porch for years to come.

The Perfect Center for Outdoor Living

Does your family love spending time outdoors? Maybe everyone seems to spend time outdoors, but not together. One of the ways to attract the whole family is to build an outdoor living area that can be a center for all activities.

Screened porches offer many benefits. They allow homeowners to extend the floor space their families can enjoy. Game rooms, dens, dining rooms, and much more are perfect uses for any screened porch. Screened porches also utilize unused areas around the home. Turn that unused area into space your family can enjoy for years to come.

Want the benefit of the outdoors without the bugs or other pests? A screened porch is the answer! These porches will keep bugs out but the weather in. So, your family can enjoy the weather without being annoyed. Don’t worry about the mosquitos in spring or flies in summer in your new screened porch.

Luxury You Can’t Afford to Miss

You might be surprised at how affordable screened-in porches can be. Like any project, of course, cost depends on a number of factors. Everything from design to materials used can impact cost. But, remember that porches are more than just luxuries. Just like a deck or patio, screened-in porches are additions to your home, so you want to invest correctly. Additionally, with all the money you’ll save on keeping your family’s activities at home, screened porches can pay for themselves. Also, remember you are increasing the value of your home, which will reap benefits if you ever decide to sell.

If you need other improvements to your home, Structurally Speaking can help, too. Since 2008, they have offered Raleigh-area residents building and design services for decks, porches, sunrooms, and more. They serve Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Apex, Hillsborough, Carrboro, Holly Springs, Garner and the surrounding areas.

Browse through their gallery to see some of the design possibilities! On that page, you can also schedule your free consultation. Or, give them a call at 919-786-4825 to see how they can help with your next project!