Will We Be Adding Your Screened Porch From Scratch?
Yes, as your Birmingham screened porch builder we can certainly create
a screen porch installation from scratch. While you may think it’s
the only way to build them, that’s not always the case. Frequently
we work with clients who want to convert a deck to a screened porch, so
we add posts and a roof and connect the roof to the floor with screens.
Some would call that a screened in deck, but once you put a roof on it,
it’s a porch. Before we can convert your deck, however, we’ll
have to examine the substructure supporting the deck to make sure it can
take the added weight of a porch roof. How about a screened in patio?
That’s also possible. Again, once we add the roof, it’s no
longer a patio, it’s a porch.
Speaking of roofs, at
Archadeck of Birmingham we take pride in making sure your new outdoor structure ties into the
house in a way that looks like it’s always been there. We use matching
or complementary materials so your new addition never looks “added
What About A Deck-And-Screened-Porch Combination?
One of the best things about porch enclosures is how well they work in
harmony with another outdoor living structure. An enclosed porch with
an adjoining deck gives you the best of both worlds, covered and uncovered,
and the same can be said of a screened porch with an adjacent patio. When
you combine the open deck or patio with a covered and screened in back
porch, we call this a deluxe or combination outdoor living space. (Deluxe
in this case doesn’t mean you’re at the Ritz. We’ll
get to that in a minute.)
Once again, we can build a combination outdoor living space from scratch,
or we can work with the structure(s) you already have in place and work
up and out from there. A popular option is to convert a deck into an outdoor
screened in porch, and then build a
new deck adjacent to that structure. Likewise, many a patio has been turned into
a screen porch enclosure with a new patio extending out from the old one.
Taking these ideas one step further, you’re not limited by the size
of your existing deck or patio. If you want to enlarge the structure when
we convert it into a screened in back patio or deck, we can do that. We’re
always careful to match the newly-enlarged area with the original space
so our structures never look pieced together.
You have come to the right place! We are your Birmingham screened porch
builder. Call Archadeck of Birmingham for a free design consultation at
(205) 576-5780. We look forward to creating the screened porch lifestyle you want!
Would You Like Some Clear Vinyl Windows With That?
We may start out as your
Birmingham screened porch builder and become your Birmingham 3-season room builder instead when you hear about the
Eze-Breeze 4-track clear vinyl window system. These enclosures are increasingly popular
because you can get more use out of your screen porch when you also have
the option of closing windows in the colder months. That’s right,
windows! These windows are designed so you can slide the panels around
and leave a few panels open to the screens, or open as many as 75% of
the panels at once.
Finally, you also have the option to remove the window panels entirely,
leaving your room as a pure screen porch until you’re ready to put
the windows back in. The same structure can serve as a screened enclosure
to welcome the breeze or a room with windows to keep out the chill, depending
on the season. Again, the best of both worlds! The Eze-Breeze system does
not include walls or tie into your home’s heating and air conditioning
systems. It really is a screened porch with movable (and removable) windows.
— This porch and deck in Riverchase features an Eze Breeze system
expanding the time these homeowners can use their outdoor space.
What Amenities Will You Choose?
During the design process you’ll need to decide how luxurious or
simple your screened porch will be. Basic amenities our clients usually
request include ceiling fans, electric light fixtures and electrical outlets.
You can stop there, or you can add the electrical connection for your
flat-screen TV, a cable connection if you use cable TV service and wiring
for your sound equipment. If you want to take it to the next level, we
have many clients who’ve added an outdoor fireplace on the porch,
and you have the option of a wood-burning or gas fireplace. More? Yes,
the ultimate screened-porch-and-deck or porch-and-patio combination space
also includes an outdoor kitchen. Just think about it. If you’re
eating outdoors, why not cook out there, too? That way the cook/chef/grill
master doesn’t get stuck in the kitchen and miss the socializing.
Additional luxuries to consider for your new porch enclosure include skylights
and/or a beautiful tongue-and-groove ceiling. If we’re building
your porch from scratch, you have many options for the porch floor including
wood, composite decking boards or beautiful tiles.