Must See! Beautiful Sunroom with Fireplace Near Walton

East Cobb Porch Installation

Recently, we wrapped up a new porch installation in East Cobb near Walton High School. The clients initially found us by an online search for recommended East Cobb contractors. Atlanta Curb Appeal set up a meeting to examine the home. After a thorough examination of the property, the process of creating a complimentary estimate for them began. The age of the homes in their neighborhood is about 10-15 years old. Thus, they were ready for an update.

Attached to the home was the original small deck and pergola. However, their dream was to have a screened porch. After 15 years of exterior wear and tear, their wooden deck was showing signs of deterioration. During our consultation, they also leaned heavily towards adding a new outdoor fireplace if the budget could accommodate.

Clients often have a difficult time deciding whether to add a screened porch or sunroom. Building a new sunroom involves a whole new set of costs and changes to a home, including new HVAC duct work, insulation, electrical work, and support walls. The beauty of a screened porch is that you are still connected to nature. You can hear the morning song of the Georgia birds, the rustling of the fall leaves, and the feel of the breeze on your skin during the spring.

As with any significant changes to a home’s footprint, there can be county inspections and paperwork to complete. For some neighborhoods, approval by the HOA is required, too. In our experience, we recommend that the homeowner get the HOA to sign off before work commences. Atlanta Curb Appeal was able to provide the client with CAD drawings from an architect and facilitate the process of county permitting. We helped with the application process for building, electrical and plumbing permits. Finally, we met with the various inspectors during the process and paid the fees.

One of the challenges to our design was that the home had an arched brick wall full of windows. This curvature required us to attach the porch differently than we normally would. The inspectors made us build it as a free-standing structure. He also wanted us to provide an additional engineer’s letter to make sure that we made it to county specifications. The wall shape was unusual, and as such they wanted us to over-reinforce it with massive beams. This porch will not be going anywhere for the next 200 years!

Another great addition to this structure was the installation of a new fireplace. Together we selected a custom-designed stone front facing style. A beautiful cedar mantle was cut and shaped for it by hand. It’s gorgeous and durable. Altogether, this particular sunroom took about 5 weeks to finish. This was a typical timeline. However, if your home doesn’t have an arched brick wall, it could be less.

The final results are that the clients are so excited with their new sunroom! They love it and have already given us a great review online. In fact, when we went to pickup the last payment, they asked us to start renovating their basement! We are happy to say that we are now nearly finished with this project, too.

See more photos of other Atlanta Curb Appeal projects in our online Porch gallery here.

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Amazing East Cobb Sunroom Renovation

Sometimes the answer to dissatisfaction with your home isn’t to move, it’s to grow where you are. For this East Cobb family, they were looking for a larger space to enjoy the beautiful view of trees on their lot while basking in the natural sunshine.

The Backstory

Their original old deck was slowing falling into disrepair. The decking was warped and full of splinters. Sadly, both the sun porch and deck didn’t get much use because of the unusual floor plan. The awkward layout didn’t encourage the family to stop and enjoy the view.

Initially, the family thought the outer deck structure was salvageable. However, we discovered that after removing the top boards, the underlying joists were not only weak but also not level. It would be unsafe and short-sighted to build on top of this. What a shame it would be to put a beautiful new deck and porch on such a crooked, irregular frame. After a short meeting, the family decided to bite the bullet and start fresh from the ground up. Another benefit to starting over would be an expansion of the foundation. Increasing the square footage would also boost the home’s value.

Going Up!

With the new foundation installed, the structure started to take shape. A new detail to this sun porch was the EZE Breeze windows. EZE Breeze windows are different than your typical residential windows because they are made of vinyl. Benefits include a lifetime warranty. Most interesting is that they fold up or down and can stack into four pieces. Modularity allows for more creativity, especially when the screens are open and there is airflow. Plus they are excellent at protecting your furniture during Atlanta’s dreaded pollen season!

Another style upgrade to the sun porch is the addition to the ceiling. Behold the beautiful dark brown cedar beams! The overall color scheme chosen is a gorgeous shade of white with complementary browns. The natural color of the cedar in the beams and detailed columns give great warmth to the room now. We used 2×6 smooth cedar decking outside and finished it with an oil base tinted stain. It should be noted when designing a new porch, the price of cedar raises the overall cost quite considerably.

Efficiency Year Round

The key to keeping the temperature stable year round on a sun porch is insulation! The walls and ceiling were the first to receive the treatment. In a later phase, the floor will get insulated too. Georgia summers can be brutal, so we installed a massive 72″ ceiling fan. It’s doing an excellent job keeping the room cool when some of the windows are vented.

Skylights were installed to overcome the vastness of this larger porch. Skylights help bring some natural light inside; it’s beautiful to see the sky and clouds pass by while sitting down enjoying the day.

The final dress-up to this sun porch was the myriad of lighting selected. Outside, we installed under soffit can lights. Inside, we placed indoor can lights on two different dimmer switches; this allows for ‘atmosphere dimming’ to set the mood. The new wall-mounted decorative lights look fantastic on the columns.

 

Have you heard of shiplap? It’s the latest style in renovating and it looks sumptuous on the inside wall against the house. We used different-sized wood planks and gave them a whitewashed finish. It’s a trend that’s here to stay.

According to the client, the most popular part of the sunroom they have found themselves using is the sitting area. It’s getting daily use now along with the long table when they host friends.

Are you ready to get your porch ready for Spring and Summer? Call Atlanta Curb Appeal to get a free estimate today at 770-778-1172.

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