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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