This open porch has a partial wall on one side for an outdoor kitchen
The covered porch below provides protection for the cooking area but otherwise
allows the check, homeowners and guests to enjoy all the fresh air while
in their outdoor living area.
You can’t go wrong with a screened porch
The most popular outdoor room is a screened porch because of its versatility.
A screened porch provides protection from the rain, sun protection, and
a small amount of temperature protection. It keeps insects and many other
flying particles out. Vinyl track windows can be built in to your porch
to allow significantly increased wind and temperature protection. The
vinyl window system allows you to expose up to 75% of the window or to
fully close each of the windows for the most protection. The vinyl is
very clear and very strong. With a small portable heater and vinyl windows,
you can enjoy your screened room for a greater number of days throughout
the year. A screened porch with a retractible window system is also called
a 3-season room.
When only a sunroom will do
If you want a home addition consisting of a bright and airy room, you are
looking for a sunroom. Unlike a screened room, a sunroom has built-in
permanent heating allowing you to utilize the sunroom or sun porch any
time of the year. Archadeck is trained and skilled at building the finest
outdoor room additions.
Add your sunroom to the rear of your home or to one of the sides depending
on the direction of your home, where you would like your room to be and
what view you’d most like to enjoy.
A fireplace can create a happy medium
A popular option is building an outdoor fireplace into your new room. If
adding a built-in fireplace with a screened porch or vinyl window porch,
you will have significantly increased heat capture. A ceiling helps to
circulate the warmer air around your porch room. In addition to warmth,
a porch fireplace also provides an ambiance unrivaled by other amenities.
Your fireplace can either be wood burning or can be a gas fireplace. Most
homeowners opt for a gas fireplace for a few reasons. The one switch starter
is one of the biggest reasons. There is no wait while fetching wood or
starting the fire. In addition, a traditional wood burning fireplace creates
embers and needs to be cleaned. But we know that nothing compares to the
smell and ambiance of a natural wood fire.
What is the best roof style for your new porch or sunroom? Gale, hip, shed or flat?
A gable roof is one of the most popular roof styles. This roof style has
the high point at the top and pitches downward in 2 directions. It has
the traditional “triangle” look from the outside. The gable
roof can be open at one end to allow plenty of additional lighting into
the room. On the inside of a gable roof porch or sunroom, it creates a
vaulted ceiling. The higher ceiling makes the room feel larger and an
open gable can make the room a lot brighter.
A hip roof also creates a vaulted ceiling from the inside. A hip roof has
a high point that pitches downward in 3 directions. This roof style is
a great selection when complimenting a hip roof on your home. Many upscale
homes have more than one roof line such as having gable and hip roofs
on the various elevations of the home. Your Archadeck design consultant
will help you decide which roof style best fits your aesthetic preferences
and best matches your home.
This freestanding porch (or pavilion) has a hip roof that pitches downward
on four sides
There are two additional roof styles that might be the best options for
your GTA area home. A shed roof slopes downward away from the home. If
your home has second story windows or other architectural elements, a
hip roof might be the best option to ensure your porch does not create
any visual obstructions from the second level. Your hip roof porch will
still allow plenty of light in your new roof. The house attachment can
be elevated and the ends can be open allowing for more light to enter
your new porch or sunroom.
The above porch has a hip roof with an open end enclosed with glass.
The final roof option is a flat roof. A flat roof is a great choice when
the second story windows or architectural elements don’t provide
any room for an elevated roof style. Don’t be fooled into thinking
it’s truly a flat roof. It is pitched exactly the correct amount
to ensure water drains properly.
The above open porch has a flat roof style
What about your porch ceiling?
There are several ceiling options for inside your new porch. The biggest
decision to make is whether you want an exposed rafter or enclosed rafter
ceiling. There is tremendous visual appeal to exposed rafters but the
style is also less formal. It depends on the look you are seeking for
your room. Exposed rafters provide a rustic feel that is very true to
a screened room. Enclosed rafters provide a more formal and finished look
and also easily encase electrical amenities such as ceiling lights and
speakers. There are also many fun options for your screened porch ceiling.
Beadboard is a popular option. It can be left natural or can be painted.
If you are adding a sunroom, you may want to choose a ceiling that matches
the ceiling finishes in your home.
Does your porch or sunroom have to look added on?
At Archadeck, we specialize in making sure your new room looks original
to your home. We carefully select and source exterior finishes such as
brick and roof tiles to make it look as if your new room was always there.
If you are considering adding a porch or sunroom give us a call or drop
us an email for a free consultation. Call us at
(877) 362-5802 or drop us an