In addition to construction of home additions from the ground up, here is an example of a less expensive option. By starting with an existing exterior feature that mainly just needs one or two walls added, such as a covered patio or carport, our contractors will build you a room addition faster and for far less than it would usually cost to build a room addition.
To enclose that kind of space to make it legally in to interior living space, the process can be quite simple. For instance, people who already have carports often want them converted in to an enclosed garage or a sunroom (or even in to an extra bedroom). Since many carports already have adequate roofing and a few walls, converting a carport can be fast and inexpensive. (If desired, our contractors will build you a new carport or garage.)
To enclose a patio is a similar project. In the "after" photo below, notice at the far end that there is a new angled fireplace. Also, the rather narrow patio was extended slightly in to the backyard. (To keep reading, scroll down.)
Other than those two details, this remodel really did not involve a lot of architectual complexity. One other important detail was that the central HVAC vents in the attic above the main home were slightly extended to reach out above the new sun room, plus some standard vents were added (next to the new smoke alarm).
So, this enclosed sunroom addition is not only easy to cool in the steamy summer, but quite pleasant even on a cold winter morning. Obviously, the extra-tall windows along the right are key to all of that.
The last detail that we will mention is the new tile floor. Looking at this surface, how much better do you like it than the original plain cement? That tile is made of quartzite stone.
Or is it...? Would you believe that it is not really tile, but is actually just acid-stained concrete?
In the case of the patio enclosure shown above, it is real tile in the new sun room addition. However, in other cases, it might not work well to use tile. Before we look closer at the original patio prior to the conversion to a sun room addition, you might be interested in knowing why sometimes adding a new layer of tile over the original flooring is not ideal.
One problem can be when the bottom of any doors to the patio swing outward and are quite low to the original concrete surface. In many cases like that, there is simply not enough clearance to just add tiles right over the existing surface. On the other end of the spectrum, in other cases of enclosing a patio, carport, or porch, there can actually be a need to pour a few more inches of concrete (or to otherwise raise the height of the floor up to the level of the rest of the interior of the home, like by building up a sub-floor).
As for your own case, our contractors can discuss your priorities, inspect your property, discuss your budget, then propose a custom remodeling plan that includes only the options that are the perfect fit for you. To get an estimate or even just ask a question, click here now: contact your new home addition contractor
We even had a request recently to enclose a huge patio with "window walls" that fully open (so that the sunroom addition can be instantly converted "back" to a regular open-air patio). That project has not been started yet, but it should make an intriguing gallery when it is done.
Back once again to this patio enclosure project, below is a full-size photo of the patio before it was converted in to a room addition. You would agree that the old patio is nowhere as nice as the new sunroom, too, right?
By the way, the two chains hanging down in the foreground on either side of the picture are from a porch swing. That was completely removed when the patio made in to a room addition. Even the old overhead fans were replaced.
You might also notice the gravel and citrus tree in the yard. Care to guess what state this sun room is in?
Although you can reach a home addition specialist in a few other states as well through this site, this particular sun room addition was built near Phoenix (in Arizona). By the way, on the subject of citrus trees and gravel yards, one of those other states is another favorite of "snowbirds:" Florida.
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