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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Gorgeous East Cobb Porch Installation

Recently we had the pleasure of installing a new screen porch and deck in East Cobb/ Marietta. Atlanta Curb Appeal standards are high when completing a porch installation. Safety, quality of materials and design are the main focus when planning a client’s outdoor oasis that will be a showcase piece to enjoy for years to come.

We asked Avi some questions about the project below.

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Did they have a porch before or was this project from scratch?
No, they did not have a deck, but they did have a porch.

What did Atlanta Curb Appeal do exactly?
First we built the screen porch walls and installed a matching shingle roof. Second, we added a lower deck and a new set of stairs. At this point, we took the time to reinforce the old deck up to code, per inspections. Then we enclosed the area underneath allowing for added storage.

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Look at the view!

Did you do more than a back porch?
Atlanta Curb Appeal added a front portico and replaced the front door. We enjoy installing porticos; the transformation is always astonishing. Then we renovated two bathrooms in the home.

Did you do any electrical upgrades?
We added outlets, new outdoor floodlights and new can lights on the back porch.

Why did they decide to do this project?
They wanted to add a covered porch and extend their deck space so they could enjoy outdoor seating while covered from the sun and protected from mosquitos. We also added wiring for an outdoor TV. It’s the perfect package.

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How did they find you?
Word of mouth. We have happy clients in their subdivision that recommended us.

What is the client planning for this new space?
The porch is mainly for the entertainment of kids and friends.

What was the biggest obstacle?
No obstacles. All permitting inspections passed the first time, and all work was finished in within budget and timelines.

How many days did it take?
The porch and deck project took just under four weeks. The small bathroom took a week and a half, and the master bathroom took three weeks. The portico took less than a week, including inspections. We did these projects in parallel and completed all work in about two months.

What did the clients think about Atlanta Curb Appeal?
They are so happy with the final results! They had a party to show off the work to their neighbors, and we’ve already started another project in this subdivision.

Atlanta Curb Appeal has been serving East Cobb, Marietta, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs and the surrounding communities since 2012 and offers free estimates on Porch, Basement and Kitchen remodeling.

Click here to read about a Stunning Modern Kitchen Atlanta Curb Appeal transformed recently.

What a Transformation to this Sunroom!

This month we are discussing a beautiful sunroom we built out from a regular screened in porch.

The results were gorgeous!

How did they find you?
East Cobb Moms Facebook Group.

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What made them decide to get the renovation? Was it an older house?
They had a screened-in porch that they wanted to convert into a sunroom. They also wanted to open up two walls and connect this new sunroom to the living room and kitchen area.

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How has the sunroom changed?
First, we stripped off the whole porch. Second, we reframed the walls for the additional windows and door. Then we reframed the floor so that we could install new hardwoods. After that we added two skylights in the existing roof structure and installed can lights. Finally, we added two sturdy LVL beams to support the expanded new openings in the walls.IMG_0279
Did you have to do any shoring under the floors?
Basically the entire structure from roof to walls to floor had to be reinforced.

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When creating sunrooms do you have to consider the increased sun exposure? How do you address this?
Certainly more sunshine will bring in more heat. To compensate, we added a good layer of insulation to the new walls, into the ceiling and under the floor.  Then a new air conditioning unit was added to the home. We connected this HVAC to the sunroom by installing two floor vents and one return. A ceiling fan was installed; the windows are energy efficient with Argon Gas and Low -E , new window blinds will come next.

What part of the sunroom is the homeowner most excited about?
The sunroom brought an amazing amount of light into the house. It also brought the outside view inside the living area, which before had just been a small standard window.

What other projects did Atlanta Curb Appeal accomplish?

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The living room got a face-lift. We added unobtrusive can lights. Plus the old fireplace got pulled out and a new heat-glo fireplace was installed. Heat-glo fireplaces are amazing, it is the luxury of a fireplace without the inconvenience. Our clients worked with an architect, so we got full set of drawings and 3d views of everything before we started. The architect designed the whole new fireplace wall with ensconced side shelves and a TV niche.

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The project took 4 weeks from start to end.

We enjoyed working with the homeowner and they are in love with their new space.

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