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Maximize the use of your screened porch

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Adding a fireplace to your screened porch

Maximize the use of your screened porch by adding a fireplace

You already enjoy your screened porch on pleasant late spring, summer, and early fall days, but if you want to increase the time you can use your screened porch during the year, consider adding a fireplace.

Here are a few things you’ll need to consider when planning  a fireplace for your screened porch:

Location

The structure of your home and porch, its size, the direction it faces, the views you want to preserve, access to energy sources, and building codes all need to be taken into account when deciding where your fireplace can be placed on your porch.

Energy source

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We’ll help you take all factors into consideration when planning your new fireplace.

Both wood-burning and gas fireplaces are available. If you already use natural gas to heat your home, this may be an option. Otherwise, you’ll need to determine where to place your propane tank or determine if a wood-burning fireplace is a better option.

Your budget

In addition to choosing gas versus wood-burning, porch fireplaces can also be either inset or set in with new masonry. The exterior finish and trim also needs to be chosen. All of these factors needs to be taken into account when planning your fireplace. Having an idea of what you can afford to spend will help you determine feasible options.

Building codes, local ordinances, property owners association restrictions

Depending on where you live and the type of fireplace you choose, you’ll want to make sure that your choice complies with all applicable regulations. You’re also likely to need to get a building permit before construction and an inspection after the work is complete.

We can help

Contact us to schedule an on-site review of your screened porch, and we’ll help you identify the options you have based on your budget, porch structure, and local building codes. Your screened porch may become your favorite place in the house!

Clean your screened porch easily

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Get your screen porch ready for spring

It’s spring! Time to get your screened porch ready!

It’s finally spring and time to get your screened porch ready to use. Here are some tips to make the preparation easier and more efficient.

Check for needed repairs

Check your lights and electrical outlets. Inspect the paint, trim, and screens. If you see anything that needs to be fixed, do that first so you don’t have to clean up twice.

Gather your cleaning supplies

You’ll need a long-handled duster or mop, a bucket, a large soft-bristled brush, a sponge, cleaning solution, and a broom or mop.

A wet/dry vacuum cleaner is optional, but it’s the fastest and cleanest way to remove dirty water once you’ve finished cleaning.

Choose a cleaning solution that won’t damage your screen, the porch trim, or the floor surface and prepare a bucket of it mixed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Clean from the top down

Use an extension mop or duster to wipe down the ceilings, lights, and ceiling fan blades.

Then hose down the screens from inside, top to bottom. After wetting the screen. Use a soft-bristled brush dipped into the bucket of cleaning solution to clean the screen and remove the dust and pollen that has accumulated over the winter. Remember, clean from the top down. Hose down the screen from the inside to rinse.

Use the same cleaning solution and a sponge to wipe off the porch trim, then rinse with the hose or the sponge and a bucket of clean water.

Now you can scrub the floor with a broom or mop and your cleaning solution. If you have indoor/outdoor carpet, use the manufacturer’s recommended method. Dry by sweeping the residual moisture out the door (if possible) or vacuum with a wet/dry vacuum cleaner.

Now your porch is clean and ready to use!

Contact us

If you don’t have one yet but would like to increase your home’s living space by adding a screened porch, contact us for a free, no obligation, on-site estimate.

Screen porch adds outdoor living space

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Screened PorchIt’s a great time of year to consider adding some outdoor living space to your home.

There was nothing on the back of this house when we added the covered screen porch, complimented by the large rough sawn timbers wrapped with stone bases.

Notice how we were able to tie in the new stone with the original stone wall on the house. Retaining walls were added as well.

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Contact us by phone at (540) 966-2808 or complete our online request form to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation estimate for creating the screened porch of your dreams!