Sunroom options in Charlotte, NC and price points

custom built sunroom in Charlotte

Energy-efficient custom built sunroom with lattice under deck

More and more people are wanting to add on to their homes with specific rooms that allow a lot of light in and make us feel like we are on vacation without having to leave our home. When people refer to a sun room, there are many options and connotations that we will clarify in this blog.

The definition of a sunroom is: “a structure usually constructed onto the side of a house which allows enjoyment of the surrounding landscape while being sheltered from adverse weather conditions such as rain and wind.”

Having said this, some people refer to a screen porch as a sunroom also and if you look at the definition, it is close. One of the key differences is how important it is that this space be heated and cooled. While living in the Charlotte area allows us to live on a screen porch about 80% of the year, many want the ability to be using this sunroom year around.

There is a hybrid between a screen porch and sunroom that we have found to be quite popular and used in neighborhoods from Ballantyne Country Club to Beverly Crest and Providence Plantation. This is a custom-built structure that has Eze Breeze windows installed in it. This would act as a convertible screen porch/sunroom.
These are plastic porch windows that slide open and closed depending on if you want to avoid pollen, rain, wind, and cold temperatures. On beautiful days, you slide the windows open and you are back to a screen porch.

Charlotte sunroom with Eze Breeze windows

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Eze Breeze sun porch

A fully heated and cooled or what we refer to as conditioned space is becoming more popular the past couple of years as a place where you can feel outdoor without actually being outdoors. These rooms are extensions of the house itself and often use hardwood floors or tile that match the existing flooring. We spend a lot of time with our customers helping define what their needs and wants are so we can best advise on what will work for them.

When it comes to price points, an average screen porch is going to be between $15 – 25,000. An Eze Breeze porch will add on average about $5,000 to the screen porch price. Finally, a sunroom on average will run from $40,000 – 80,000 depending on size and materials!

To see porch and sunroom photos, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

This brick sunroom was designed and built by Archdeck of Charlotte

This brick sunroom was designed and built by Archdeck of Charlotte

How many estimates do I really need for a remodeling project? Is 3 true?

I am not sure where this myth began, but people will recite the statement “you know I have to get 3 quotes before I can move forward”. My first thought when I hear this is, no, that has not been my experience. In addition, most of our customers get 1 – 2 or go crazy and get something like 6.

So, the question is, how many estimates do you need? The answer of course is it depends on the circumstances. The following is a guide to think through the decision making process on selecting a contractor.

1. Start with what is order of importance to you? Quality? Design? Price? Experience? Guarantees? Relationship?
Prioritize these

2. Reputation? How many quality references can you obtain from the contractor on “like” projects?

3. Experience? Decipher between a generalist and a specialist in what you are wanting to have done

4. Personal Assurances and Safeguards? Make sure you see an up to date insurance certificate and the proper building permits secured

5. Years in business under the same name? Physical place of business? Show room?

6. Design ideas…taking into account form and function and unique ideas that are helpful or appealing to you

7. Organization…did the contractor show up on time? Was he/she courteous? Are they easy to reach? Who will supervise the project?

8. Price…do you have a budget? What is it based on?

If you have done the appropriate research and understand your budget and the true value of the product you are looking to acquire, there is no reason for 3 quotes unless you are not satisfied with the price, quality, design, or experience level of the contractor! Go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com to see and read great information on this subject

Paver Patio with ledge stone fire pit and sitting wall and a wood pergola with an outdoor kitchen in Ft. Mill, SC by Archadeck of Charlotte

Paver Patio with ledge stone fire pit and sitting wall and a wood pergola with an outdoor kitchen in Ft. Mill, SC by Archadeck of Charlotte

A quick blog on an honest remodeler in Charlotte

As the owner of Archadeck of Charlotte, it was so heartening to see this event of honesty and what it meant to another human being. One of our carpenters came into my office this week with $450 in cash and said, “someone has lost this money in our parking lot”! One of our office staff has been having some severe financial struggles and this money was her house payment that she was going to hand deliver to make her monthly mortgage. She did not realize that the money had fallen out of her purse on her way into the office. When I approached her if she knew who may have lost the cash, she broke down with tears of joy. This simple act of honesty from one human being to another was incredibly touching. I know Archadeck’s carpenter was so happy to have helped out. I can tell you how proud I am to have this type of person working for our organization! It was such a great moment that hopefully this will inspire others who read this….    http://www.archadeckofcharlotte.com or http://www.charlottte.archadeck.com

Spring Home Show Observations…from a Charlotte Deck and Screen Porch Builder

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this deck and pergola

Composite deck and pergola in Charlotte

As the owner of Archadeck of Charlotte, we have participated in at least 2 – 3 home shows annually for over 20 years now. We just completed our big spring home and garden show and stepped up our presence with 3 different booths. One was a booth for decks and porches, one was for patio’s, outdoor fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens, and one for awnings.  We had over 100 leads where people either asked for an appointment on the spot or at least for us to call when we get back to  our office. This is an amazing result in this economy. People are staying in their homes longer and remodeling them the way they want to now. A few observations from many recent conversations with people at the show….1. “we are told we need to get 3 estimates”  2. “do you have any deals right now” 3. “how much will you take off if I pay in cash”….what are the commonalities in these statements? People are shopping more and getting less unfortunately. We have been called back too many times by people who thought they got a “deal” and instead got poor workmanship or worse yet a contractor who could not complete the project! For more information, please look at https://www.archadeckofcharlotte.com or http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com