The term sun room has different meanings and connotations. Archadeck of Charlotte is a custom sun room design/ build company and even we use sun room as a term loosely. This blog will break down the options for you and the implications.
- Traditional Sun rooms are integrated into the back of the house and are heated living spaces. When they are added to a home, they count as square footage towards both your taxes as well as your property value. More simply put, they have a nice return on investment if you sell your home when the market is up due to the fact the room has heat and air and is therefore part of the home. They are another room in your home that simply have more windows than the others. They are used for entertaining and relaxing.
- There are several companies that “manufacture” sun rooms. These are very similar to the option above. The primary difference is they are pre-fabricated off site, often have energy-efficient windows and doors, but do not look like part of the house. It is obvious they were added on after the fact.
- Archadeck designs and builds sun rooms that fit the definition of the first type above by using “stick – built” construction on site and integrating the room into the existing house seamlessly.
- Archadeck also designs and builds sun rooms that do not have heat or air conditioning but are more of a “3 – Season” room. These rooms are designed to provide all of the qualities of the above spaces but are less costly. Not only do you save on the fact that you will not pay for HVAC, this room also does not require insulation, termite treatment, vapor barrier, and so forth.
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Stunning 2-story sunroom by Archadeck utilizing unique architectural design to overcome a difficult roof line
EZE Breeze windows by Archadeck of Charlotte prevents pollen from getting in your porch!
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this EZE Breeze sun porch
This brick sunroom was designed and built by Archdeck of Charlotte
Screen Porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with outdoor fireplace and pergola
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this gazebo style screen porch with Cabot Stain
How would I go about choosing the appropriate paint and/or stain color for my screen porch? We have 25 years experience at Archadeck of Charlotte designing and building screen porches and covered patios.
The first thing we look at is the existing trim color of the home. Is this a color you are going to stay with? If so, it makes sense to paint the porch columns the same color and the house trim to make it appear as if the porch came with the house and was not an after thought!
Secondly, what look are you going for in your outdoor living space? Do you prefer a more rustic porch? Are you looking to have a soothing or uplifting ceiling? Dark stains are quite in vogue today and give a deep and rich feeling to the room.
Finally, think about maintenance considerations. Generally speaking, stain is going to be lower maintenance than paint and does not show dirt as readily! To get great color ideas for your screen porch, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com
Most people really want their screen porch to appear as though it were built with the house and not an addition or strange appendage! The question is, how to achieve this?
Archadeck of Charlotte has a few tips to make sure your porch looks integrated with your homes architecture:
1. Match roof shingles
Archadeck custom built this screen porch in Huntersville, NC
2. Match gutters
3. Match soffit and fascia
4. Match the roof line or pitch
5. Match the paint color from your home’s window and duo or trim
6. Keep the style consistent with your home’s exterior
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Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this screen porch with Eze-Breeze retractable windows
We get asked often how many months out of the year can you use your screen porch in the Charlotte, NC area?
There are a few factors to consider when answering the question.
Is your backyard situated where you have no protection from wind? Do you get sun light on your porch? Have you installed a ceiling fan to circulate the air flow?
A great product that we distribute is Eze-Breeze windows that are retractable plastic windows that can convert your screen porch into a sunroom and right back again.
The primary difficulties of staying on your porch year around are the extremely cold days and hot days. To mitigate the heat, you can of course add ceiling fans or perhaps a mister system like are used at restaurants on their patios. To mitigate the cold, we often build outdoor fireplaces that are integrated into the screen porch. You can also purchase space heaters that are effective.
If you choose not to purchase these accessories, you can still use a screen porch in Charlotte about 10 months a year. By adding these, you can virtually live year around outdoors! To see great ideas for a screen porch, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com
What is the difference between a 3-season room and 4-season room? While there are many differences in features and cost, the function can be similar depending on the climate you live in.
When you live in the Carolina’s (Charlotte, NC), the climate is rarely extremely cold and when it is extremely hot, a roof takes a lot of the bite out of the heat. A 4-season room would typically be additional heated living area (HLA) and have air conditioning as well. By most building codes, this also requires that a remodeling contractor insulate the ceiling, walls, and floors. It also makes it necessary to do a termite treatment, install a vapor barrier, temper any glass that is too close to the floor or doors, etc… All of these requirements drive up the cost to perhaps $150 – $200 per square foot depending on how large the space is and how many features you want included in the construction. When we talk about 3-season rooms, we are typically talking about a screen porch or a porch with retractable windows like EZE Breeze. This is the consummate outdoor living room concept that still gives you the feeling of being outside and inside and the same time. These rooms can run from anywhere from $50 – $75 per square foot again depending on the materials and size specifications.
So to recap the differences between the 3-season and 4-season room, there is a large price difference, feature difference, but if you live in a temperate climate, the functionality can be very similar! To gain more ideas, visit www.charlotte.archadeck.com to see hundreds of photos!
Charlotte Eze Breeze Porch with Trex Transcends decking
Here we are, it’s fall! The perfect outdoor living season in Charlotte, NC! Have you considered closing in your deck? We at Archadeck of Charlotte get requests for ideas all of the time on what are the options for enclosing a deck or patio? The most common option is what we refer to as a screen porch. This is no more than using your existing deck and building a roof over it that fits the architecture of your home and building screen walls with a door. We outfit the new room with a ceiling fan, lighting, outlets, and perhaps TV and you have a wonderful new outdoor family room. In our climate, you can enjoy a screen porch for 9 – 10 months of the year easily. For those that want year around outdoor living, we can equip the porch with Eze-Breeze retractable windows to create a hybrid sunroom and screen porch. If you don’t have an insect issue but simply want to shade your deck, we can design a roof on decorative columns with no screen or what we call an open porch. Finally, if you want to enclose your deck totally, we can use the existing foundation and add structure to it and create a full-fledged sun room! To see more ideas, click through to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com and you will see a large photo gallery of shots all done in Charlotte!
How do you get the best advice on a sunroom? It is important to think about what you really value. For example, if you live in a temperate climate like Charlotte, NC, you may choose to save the expense of making it a heated living space. This can save over $5,000. How important is low-maintenance to you? There are several ways to eliminate the need to paint or stain the room addition but they add considerable cost. Do you care if it is a pre-fabricated sunroom or do you want it to blend in with the architecture of your home? That would determine whether you want a stick-built room or an aluminum or vinyl room. To get the best advice, call a professional remodeling company that provides multiple solutions and approaches you to consult with you prior to trying to sell you something! http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com or http://archadeckofcharlotte.com