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Is it cheaper to repair or replace a deck?

Enhanced outdoor living is at the top of many local homeowners’ lists of home improvement projects.

If you are thinking about upgrading your deck, you are likely wondering whether you should invest in a completely new build. Is it much cheaper to repair or replace a deck, though? It all depends. Are you talking about replacing one or two boards on your deck, or undertaking a full redecking project? If your deck structure is built to code, properly attached to your home, and still has usable life left in it, replacing a few damaged decking boards will be less costly than building all new. The problem is, many homeowners are not sure of the age of their deck structure. They are unsure of whether the structure is properly attached to the home. They too, are unaware of whether the deck structure has damage, such as that caused by termites.

Carpenter ant damage at the deck connection on the home.

If you are considering redecking, the money you would save on keeping your existing structure is minimal. Your money would be better invested in an all-new deck.

We always recommend building a new deck, rather than redecking or extensive deck repairs.

It is not only because of the potential damage or poor deck structure construction that Archadeck of Kansas City recommends building new instead of major deck repairs or redecking. Redecking an aged wood structure with premium composite decking materials puts each element of the deck on a different timeline. The structure is well-aged already and the composite, all-weather decking is manufactured to last for decades. Owner, Dan Hall, says, “You wouldn’t purchase a new luxury car and put your old car’s tires on it.”

Deck collapse due to poor deck-to-home connections

While Archadeck of Kansas City does not repair decks, if you require only a small amount of repairs, we recommend reaching out to a company that does. Such a company will be able to inspect your deck structure to determine whether it is worthy of a simple repair or if it requires replacing.

Olathe Kansas deck with cable railing

We build premium heartland decks, but we are not just deck builders.

Archadeck of Kansas City doesn’t simply build heartland decks, we custom-design each deck to suit the specific needs of each client. Our custom deck design process ensures that the deck you wish for is the one you receive in the end. During your in-home design consultation, you will be shown various materials options, as well as past projects that are similar to what you have in mind. This consultation also allows our Design Consultant to see your property, noting any potential problems with your intended size and layout. Don’t have ideas about size and layout? That’s okay! We can help with that too.

Parkville MO TimberTech deck design with lighted stair

Choose Archadeck of Kansas City as your deck builder. We are locally owned deck contractors in the Kansas City area, who have been designing and building custom decks since 2001! Call to schedule your deck design consultation at (913) 851-3325 or email us at kansas-city@archadeck.net.

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners
Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

What is a deck with a roof called?

Depending on where you live, a deck with a roof could be called different things. What do you call a deck with a roof?

Since we are Kansas City area deck builders, we will first address the local terminology. Archadeck of Kansas City’s clients typically refer to a deck with a roof as a covered deck. However, other terms relating to these outdoor living spaces are: covered porch, open porch, and more simply, a porch.

A deck with a roof is often called a covered deck.
Covered deck in Prairie Village, KS – by Archadeck of Kansas City

Why are decks with roofs so popular?

These days, many clients inquire about designing their deck to include a roof. Obviously, covered decks provide more usability by offering protection from rain and harsh sunlight. But at Archadeck of Kansas City, we know that deck roofs can provide much more than that. They are striking architectural features, and can be custom finished inside with pine or cedar wood tongue and groove. Deck roofs can also be outfitted with electrical installation for lighting, ceiling fans, and radiant heating, which makes the deck even more usable – at night, during hot summer days, and even on cool days. Not only that, but if you really want to add a roof to your deck project, but fear it might make the interior of your home too dark, we can add skylights to your roof.

A covered porch roof can have heating, lighting, fans, and skylights.
Prairie Village covered deck with lighting, fan, radiant heating, and skylights – by Archadeck of Kansas City

What if your deck builder says you can’t have a gable roof on your new covered deck?

Archadeck of Kansas City designs and builds many covered decks with gable roofs. It’s the most requested roof line for our decks! If you have received a quote from another deck builder, who says they cannot build your covered deck with a gable roof, call on the design-build experts at Archadeck. One complimentary design consultation will allow us to determine whether your new deck can accommodate a gable roof! Not every local deck builder offers gable roof design and building.

Also read: Can I have a gable roof on my covered deck or screen porch?

Covered deck in Johnson County, KS – by Archadeck of Kansas City

What if you don’t want to fully cover your deck?

No problem! Archadeck of Kansas City builds many combination outdoor living spaces. If you prefer to have only a portion of your deck covered, we can design your space to have one covered area along with an open-air area. With a covered deck and open deck design, you can have the best of both worlds.

Leawood, KS covered deck and open deck design – by Archadeck of Kansas City

If you want to add a great focal point and ambiance to your covered deck, consider a custom outdoor fireplace for your space!

Also read: Can you have an outdoor fireplace on your deck?

Is a roof your only option for a covered deck?

While roofs are very popular, some folks prefer partial sun protection provided by a pergola. Pergola covered decks also popular, because pergolas are beautiful design features. Like a roof, a pergola can be equipped with electrical installation for fans, lighting, and more.

Also read: Pergolas vs. Roofs – Do I want a pergola or a roof?

Lee’s Summit, MO covered deck with pergola – by Archadeck of Kansas City

Are you ready to design and build your dream custom covered deck? Choose Archadeck of Kansas City as your deck builder.

We are locally owned deck contractors in the Kansas City area, who have been designing and building custom decks since 2001! Call to schedule your covered deck design consultation at (913) 851-3325 or email us at kansas-city@archadeck.net.

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners
Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Heat options to extend the months you can use your screened-in porch

Many people ask us how many months throughout the year they’ll be able to use their Kansas-City area screened-in porch. It would be difficult to provide precise information since every winter is different. We want to share some porch heating options along to provide more insight in answering this question.

Screened-In Porch with Outdoor Porch Fireplace

A porch outdoor fireplace adds warmth and ambiance to a screened-in porch

There are multiple options for controlling temperature in your screened porch and they each have different costs and levels of effectiveness

Are windows a good option for the colder months?

When in the planning stages, the first thing our clients often ask is whether they should have a room with movable or removable windows. There are different types of movable windows including glass or plastic, to name a couple.

Movable or removable windows have some substantial pros and cons. If you want to simply stop wind and that’s your only objective, windows are a possible option. But in the summer months, almost every kind of window will make the porch hotter which is generally not desirable as you likely look to your porch to enjoy a cool breeze and to escape baking in the sun. Completely removable windows sound attractive on the surface but have their own set of peculiar drawbacks. They are large, bulky, hard to handle, hard to store and can be quite heavy. For these reasons, and because they add heat to the porch in the warmer months, windows are not a very popular option.

How about sliding windows?

If you’re looking at sliding windows of some type, they all increase your cost and usually block 50% of the air flow even when they’re open. Just like windows in your house block airflow, so do sliding windows on your porch. Consequently, with windows of any kind, you’re sacrificing some cooling in the summer to gain more weather control in the colder months and you’re also increasing costs. While we generally don’t advocate using windows for your screened porch, there are great heating options available.

Here are some great heating options.

For heating your porch, there are multiple choices. One option is electric radiant heating using outdoor weather-resistant radiant heaters. These heaters are usually permanently mounted and wired. They work really well but they do have a drawback. Because of the amount of power they use, they generally require their own circuit wired to your main panel which can be inconvenient and costly.

A less expensive option that is quite flexible is propane or natural gas floor-mounted heaters which are portable and come in serval sizes and configurations. They are portable and are not too expensive. They have the advantage that they can be moved around to suit different furniture configurations or moved completely if desired.

The last heating option is an outdoor fireplace which goes far above and beyond because it has aesthetic benefits as well as functional benefits. A gas fireplace puts out a considerable amount of heat and adds ambiance to the porch.

Also read: Can I have a fireplace on my deck?

There are also some portable floor-mounted electric heaters that are inexpensive but most are low power, don’t put out a lot of heat and will be less than desirable other than to heat just one small corner of the porch if that’s the goal. They will do a limited amount of heating but they won’t heat up much more than one person in a chair.

As you read above, there are some great ways to achieve a little warmth on your porch allowing you to enjoy it more months out of the year. If you are looking for a Kansas City porch builder, give us a call for a free consultation at (913) 851-3325, drop us an email at kansascity@archadeck.net or visit our website to view more pictures and contact us online.

Also Read: Enhanced Outdoor Living with an Archadeck Design

Here are some additional links you may enjoy:

Read about outdoor porch fireplaces
Read about screened in porch ideas
Enjoy our screened porch photo gallery
View our gallery of outdoor fireplaces

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

When is the cheapest time to build my new Kansas City porch or deck?

You’re probably not going to like the answer, but the cheapest time to build your new Kansas City porch or covered deck was 5 years ago.

It is not more expensive to build a Kansas City porch or deck because because our prices have gone up. It’s because material costs have gone up and will continue to go up since the economy is strong nationwide. Kansas City porch - screen porch designWhen times are good and the market will bear price increases, manufacturers and material suppliers take that opportunity to increase prices. We didn’t see these price increases back in 2008 and 2009 after the economy crashed but now we see them regularly and without any notice whatsoever.

We realize that the nature of planning and obtaining qualified, skilled firms to build outdoor projects and home improvements can be a long-term process. We know that a tremendous amount of thought and planning, as well as saving and budgeting, have gone on behind the scenes before homeowners contact us. We also know that when homeowners are ready to move forward with their project, they are anxious to start enjoying their new space as soon as possible. The challenge is that all the qualified and skilled firms are likely to be working months out into the future.

Here are some important timing factors to consider regarding when your new outdoor project will be completed and ready to enjoy

  • The design process takes time
  • The process of narrowing choices and selecting materials takes time
  • The process of permitting takes time
  • The shortage of skilled labor extends these timelines further
  • All reputable builders have a wait before starting projects – probably in direct correlation to how strong they are as a builder

Since there are a number of time-consuming factors involved and since materials price increases could always be looming, what’s the best thing to do?

Lenexa AZEK deck screen porch with TVThe best thing to do when you make your decision is to recognize the process and make the right choices for you since you will enjoy this space for many years in the future. Further, it’s important to understand that it’s worth the wait to ensure that you have numerous years of optimal enjoyment in your new space. It’s likely that most reputable builders have had calls from homeowners who went with the quickest option only to be disappointed and were then forced to look for another builder to fix that project that didn’t meet expectations.

Choose well, move forward instead of waiting and be patient enough to have the right project built by the right builder having made the best design and material decisions for how you want to live outside.

If you’re thinking about waiting to build your Kansas City porch or deck…

A Kansas City porch project that is tabled one year because it couldn’t be done on time may not be picked back up until the same time the following year causing the same issues as before. These homeowners always tell us they wish they would have completed the project the previous year so it would be ready at the very beginning of spring the next year.

It’s important to begin the conversation with a reputable KC deck builder and balance any wait time against your lifetime enjoyment of your new porch, deck or outdoor living space. Many memories will be made and shared in your new space over the many years you own your home.

Give us a call for a free consultation at (913) 851-3325 or drop us an email at kansascity@archadeck.net. Take a look at some of our top website photo galleries: outdoor fireplace photo gallery, screened porch photo gallery, deck photo gallery.

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Also read: Is it cheaper to repair or replace a deck?

Overland Park deck is now a screen porch and low maintenance deck

When these Overland Park homeowners called us, they had an aging small cedar deck.

We didn’t simply replace their wooden deck with a low maintenance deck.  They also wanted a screened porch. The new porch was designed to fit where they old deck was – connecting to the house at the logical connection. We mention logical connection for a reason. A porch is an extension to your home. It’s a great place for overflow and a great place to extend the living your do in a high use room in your house. Often the best place to connect to your home is from the kitchen or common living room such as the den. This porch is attached outside the family’s breakfast area.

low maintenance deck and screen porch in Overland Park KS

Low maintenance deck and screen porch in Overland Park KS

There are many other factors to consider when it comes to designing how a new roofed structure is attached to your home.

For example, roof connection is another factor. There may be a limited number of places a roof connection can be made with your existing home. There may also be constraints further dictating the roof shape and how/where it is attached. This particular home had a very steep sloped gable roof. The family was concerned about the amount of runoff from the steep slope. We designed a roof that would ensure smooth continuous water flow from the house roof in order to achieve the best drainage.

screen porch interior Overland Park KS

Screen porch interior in Overland Park KS

To add visual appeal to this porch, we added an inset gable. Take a look at how beautiful and visually appealing the inset gable is. The ceiling was finished with beadboard that the homeowners painted off white. The homeowners wanted an extra large fan that required special wiring which we designed and installed the circuitry for. The flooring for the porch is AZEK low-maintenance decking. The attached deck and stairs also use this AZEK decking.

Also read: Is it cheaper to repair or replace a deck?

The attached deck has attractive black aluminum railing. This color is a nice contrast to the lighter decking color. It also provides nice visibility from the deck out to the backyard. In addition, the deck has lighting for evening enjoyment.

double-stairs-on-overland-park-screened-porch-750Paying continued attention to traffic flow, the deck has two sets of stairs. One descends toward of the front of the home and a steeper stair set descends to the backyard. There is yet another steep stair set descending from the far end of the screened porch out to another area of the yard. You can see how the yard’s asymmetrical elevation is managed with the elevated porch and stair sets with appropriate grades out to the yard.

Also Read: Enhanced Outdoor Living with an Archadeck Design

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

If you are considering adding a porch or deck to your Overland Park or Kansas City area home,  drop us an email or give us a ring at (913) 851 – 3325. We look forward to working with you to design your new outdoor addition.

Improving a Room vs. Building a New Outdoor Room

An outdoor room could be the answer for you too!

When these Prairie Village homeowners initially called us, they were unhappy with an interior room, wishing that room was larger and had more light. They were looking for a screened porch to become an ideal outdoor room, a bright and airy living space – the sort of open and cheery feeling that their current living room did not have. Together with the homeowners, we put together a design that would open up their living room as well as give them the sunroom they wanted.

Porch builder Prarie Village KSThe exterior wall of their living room had a fireplace flanked with custom built-in bookcases. Although attractive, it made the room dark and gloomy. By removing the built-in bookshelves and replacing them with doors, we could extend the size of the room to include an entire screened porch. The doors would also allow light to enter into the once darker living room.

Also read: What is an indoor porch?

The new doors we installed are full-glass inserts allowing the maximum amount of light to dance between the two rooms. From the porch side, the brick chimney is visible. The family was able to use the chimney as a design feature by mounting a TV on the fireplace exterior.

gable roof porch Prarie Village KSAlthough extending the living space was a challenge, it was relatively easy compared to the complicated roof connection the new space required. We had to extend and match an existing hip roof, change it to a gable roof, wrap it around a chimney and custom flash it to the chimney. In the picture, you can see where the chimney protrudes from the roof. The exterior house wall previously ended there. That small protruding section of the home had a hip roof. The new screened porch would have a gable roof to add as much light as possible to the porch and the adjoining living room. We also had to ensure that the space works in conjunction with the existing house rooflines to make it look as if the space was original to the home.

Prarie Village KS screened porchLooking at the room from the inside, you’ll see a generous cathedral ceiling. The gable roof had to be high in order to match and complement their existing hip roof. To reduce height inside, we installed a drop down collar tie ceiling. This provides feeling that it’s not excessively high.

The ceiling is finished with recessed lighting and a ceiling fan built in. The decking is AZEK for low maintenance.

At Archadeck of Kansas City, our goal is to build spaces that are solutions to how you want to live outside. Because the family wanted a brighter space than their living room, we were able to make their living room brighter and create a walkout to a large new porch for the ultimate double living room.

Also read: Enhanced Outdoor Living with an Archadeck Design

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Give Archadeck of Kansas City a ring for a free consultation or drop us an email or give us a ring at (913) 851 – 3325. We look forward to working with you to design your new outdoor addition.

Take a look at dozens of screened porch photos in the Prairie Village and Kansas City area market on our Archadeck of Kansas City website.

Should you give your outdoor contractor your exact budget?

We all know that every outdoor contractor does not have a standard price list. How do you work with your contractor to receive the best project bid?

We know there is a degree, if not a lot, of wiggle room in the pricing. We know that everything is negotiable when working with contractors. What we don’t know is the degree that contractor’s use this to their advantage to inflate profits and line their own pockets. And we don’t know the degree to which this has changed over the years. What is the “real” price? Are you paying too much?

Here are 3 things you need to know:

  1. There are trustworthy contractors and not-so-trustworthy contractors
  2. You must work with a contractor you can trust
  3. You will get more for your money if you’re honest with your contractor about your budget

There are trustworthy contractors and not-so-trustworthy contractors. You have a lot more to worry about if you don’t trust your contractor.

We don’t want to say there are less-than-honest contractors. Even more, though, we don’t want good contractors to have to take the rap. Most importantly, it’s important you have confidence in the trustworthiness of your contractor. As it relates to your budget, here’s why.

Kansas City porch with outdoor fireplaceImagine preparing a budget for a wedding dress. Imagine you have $1,000 to spend. You know there are dresses for $100 that will accomplish the same task. You know there are $200 that may look nearly as nice. But you have saved $1,000 and you want the best dress for that amount of money. What could possibly make two dresses that look similar have one that’s 5 times more expensive? Often we pay more for a good brand name because we are confident that the quality is built in. Perhaps we want a particular lace or silk that is only available in the higher price grouping. But perhaps what we really want is the dress that meets all of our objectives within our budget. Are we going to find that? If we’re being honest, we know the dress that meets all of our objectives will most likely not have every last detail we want. We trust that the sales person has the knowledge to get the absolute most out of our budget utilizing tools in their time-tested arsenal of getting the best product to the buyer.

This is exactly the same with your outdoor porch or deck contractor. There are a number of different elements involved in your custom space. Take a deck for example. Decking options range from standard pressure-treated pine all the way up to Ipe Brazilian hardwood and its similar price rival – PVC decking. Choosing the higher end decking alone could easily exceed your budget. Then there is railing. Again, there are less expensive wood options and a multitude of low-maintenance options ranging from aluminum to iron or PVC. Again, going with the high-end railing option could quickly exceed your initial budget. There are a number of additional options including custom shapes, upgraded stair designs, lighting and many more.

What if you are honest with your contractor about what you are looking for and what your budget is? What if you share all of the options you would like? Is it possible that your contractor has intimate knowledge of whether that particular upgrade is worth the additional investment? Is it possible that your contractor can recommend a number of alternatives that meet the same objective but leave you more flexibility with upgrades in other areas? Is it possible that your builder can suggest a construction design alternative to a material upgrade based on their experience and expertise? The answer is a resounding yes. The answer is yes if you work with a contractor you trust.

You will get more for your money if you’re honest with your contractor about your budget.

large AZEK deck Shawnee KS by Archadeck lrContractors who have been in the business for many years are successful because they help people design and build the best project that balances their wants and what their budget allows. Your trusted contractor is in the building business because they love building great home additions for people based on their wants and needs. Your trusted contractor has years of experience and expertise in selecting and working with any number of material and design options. Further, that trusted contractor has strong established relationships with subcontractors they can trust. This includes plumbers, electricians, painters, etc.

Should you give your outdoor contractor your real budget?

If you want the best project for your budget, you absolutely should.

How do you know that an outdoor contractor is reputable, trustworthy, talented, experienced and successful? One of the best ways is to learn from what their past customers have to say. Make sure the contractor is willing to provide references. Check their online reviews. Scour the online reviews. They either tell a story or they don’t. Low ratings at online review sites should give you pause. Few or no online ratings should give you pause.

At Archadeck of Kansas City, we are proud of our:

Angie’s list Super Service Award for 13 years, our A+ rating at the Kansas City Better Business Bureau and our 5-star rating on Houzz.

What’s your best option in considering contractors for your next Kansas City porch, deck or other outdoor project? Do your research. If you talk to more than one contractor, give them each the same information about your budget and your list of wants and needs. Carefully evaluate the proposed project and materials. Then do some more online research to confirm your contractor selection.

Also read: Why are my building quotes different?

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Give Archadeck of Kansas City a ring for a free consultation or drop us an email. (913) 851 – 3325 or kansascity@archadeck.net. We look forward to working with you to design your new outdoor addition.

Designing your new Kansas City area screen porch

If you are considering a new Kansas City area screen porch for your home, there are things you should consider in your final design.

Last week we published a blog about the technical aspects of designing your new porch. At first, it may not be intuitive that technical and practical considerations are also design considerations for you Kansas City area screen porch. But, you must determine particular functional characteristics of your new space before you can jump into the design of your space.

Fun screen porch design considerations.

We promised that this post would cover all the fun considerations involved in designing your new porch. First, it’s important to note that design is a collaborative process. We could not design a great new porch without working very closely with you on what you are looking for. We hope that our experience and expertise with building porches allows us to translate your needs and wants into a great design. So here goes the fun part of the porch design process.

Leawood KS screened porch

Creating kitchen access to this Leawood KS porch required removing a wall and installing a large custom sliding door.

Have you picked out furniture for your new porch? You don’t have to purchase it yet. But, it’s important to have the dimensions if possible. That way we can design the correct size to accommodate both the furniture and the traffic flow around it. For example, if your porch space will be utilized for eating, we must also take into account how the chairs will be placed. While eating, they will be pushed out a little from the table but after eating they may be pushed way out as people sit back and relax or move their chair back to give their fuller belly some breathing room. It’s important to know that you still need room to walk around the eating area even when the chairs are pushed out.

Composite floor Kansas City screened porch lrBelieve it or not, the flooring boards themselves are not the only aspect of floor design. The direction of the floorboards allows you to add even more of a custom look and to add visual appeal to your floor. The boards can be run parallel, perpendicular, or at an angle. A parting board can be utilized between where boards would otherwise abut. A picture framing technique can be created using an alternate color board for terrific aesthetic appeal.

Also read: How much value will a screen porch retain?

Think about the porch posts and the width of the screened areas within the posts. Do you want very wide screened sections for particular visibility? Or perhaps there is something outside of a particular area that you don’t care to see. Let your porch designer know and they will likely have great suggestions to help you accomplish that goal.

Lenexa KS screened porch AZEK floorIt’s even important to think about color at the design stage. If you have a finished, or enclosed, ceiling, you have the flexibility to paint the ceiling. The color of the ceiling will have an affect on the overall design. There is a reason that most interior ceilings are painted white. It makes the room look larger. If you are considering an open rafter porch, you will most likely leave the wood its natural color which will be darker but will also be higher from the ground achieving that more open and spacious feel.

Getting back to the less glamorous decisions, it is important to consider your budget first. As you will see from reading all of the choices above, budget will be an element of your design. It’s extremely helpful to identify an overall budget range with the designer so that you can have a realistic discussion about which choices may fit within that budget.

Choose a trusted, award-winning porch and deck builder – choose Archadeck of Kansas City!

Also read: Heating Options for Your Screen Porch

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Looking at lots of pictures will help you identify some design features you like and dislike. Take a look at our website and our Houzz site for many great pictures to help you identify some design aspects you like.

Then give us a ring for a free consultation or drop us an email. (913) 851 – 3325 or kansascity@archadeck.net. We look forward to working with you to design your new porch.

Designing your Kansas City outdoor living space: Where to start?

The boring but practical side of designing your new Kansas City outdoor living space…

There is always a starting and a finishing point to outdoor living design. Where do you start with design? At what point do you consider your design choices finalized? We will help walk you through the thought process we use when we plan and design a Kansas City outdoor living space.

Leawood KS composite deck with lightingThe first step is determining any of the physical limitations of the space.

Are there trees that limit the space? How big is the yard? Is there a swimming pool or other large elements that constrain where a space could be built in the yard? Are there retaining walls or any other features that would limit the space when drawing the footprint? The practicality of identifying any space limitations needs to be the very first thing you consider. Other limitations may include any restrictions set by the city or county. It is important to know any setbacks before beginning the design process.

How do you intend to live in your outdoor space?

The second thing to do is look at how the space will be used. This may be something you haven’t thought much about… you’ll know the opportunities once it’s built and you start spending time in the space. The problem is that starting this way is upside down. If you are going to eat many meals outside and your space isn’t large enough to accommodate a table to fit your family and guests, you will wish you had thought those logistics before building. If you are adding a porch to enjoy outdoor living many more months of the year but have not considered the angle of your backyard or the degree of shade your trees create, it is quite possible you will not be able to spend the amount of time you hope. There may be too much shade cover and a northern facing backyard that limits the sun coming in to your room to such a degree that you cannot spend many more months in your new room.

How many people will be accommodated and how comfortably?

Lenexa screened porch and AZEK deckIn addition to how you will live in your new space, you need to think about traffic flow. Boring! True. Where are the exterior doors of your home? What is their proximity to where you want to build your space? Will a new roofed structure need to have 2 doors to ensure traffic spills out into 2 different areas? If so, that limits the useful space within the enclosed room. You will even need to think about any aging family members, frequent guests or dogs will get in to and out of the space. This might require wider stairs or a lower lying space.

After you’ve taken into account all of the practical considerations, you can move on to the elements that are most often thought of as the true “design” components including shapes, colors, aesthetic features, materials and more. Check back for an upcoming blog about the “fun” part of design.

Also read: How much does it cost to build a Kansas City area deck, porch, or sunroom?

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

If you’re considering adding a screened porch or other roofed structure to your home, give us a ring. During our free consultation, we can discuss options and provide design ideas for your new space. Give us a call or send us an email. (913) 851 – 3325 or kansascity@archadeck.net.

Will a porch make it dark inside my home?

If I add a porch to my Kansas City area home, am I robbing the sunlight from Peter to pay Paul?

Homeowners seeking to add a new porch to their home almost unanimously want that bright, airy and sunny room to enjoy a great view of the yard while still within the comfort of an enclosed room. One very important consideration is whether creating a sunny outdoor living space will rob the sunny adjoining room in your home.

There is no need to worry. Here’s why.

Quite often, I visit a home and notice that the blinds across the back of the home are drawn. The back of that home is likely facing south or west directing a good bit of sun toward the back of the home making it too bright or too warm to keep the blinds open in the heat of the day. In this case, having a porch to diffuse some light from that rear facing room may be the perfect solution.

Leawood KS porch with outdoor fireplaceThe natural question that follows is whether the porch would then have the same problem in receiving too much light at different times of the day. The answer is, it could. But with proper design it will not. When designing your new porch, we have flexibility in the placement of columns, height of the roof and angle of the roof as well as flexibility in the addition or subtraction of screens. Further, there are available screens that provide more sun protection than others.

When loss of light is a true consideration

If the back of your home faces north or east, maintaining sun that enters the back of the home will indeed be an important consideration. If this is the case, there are a number of techniques we can employ to preserve sunlight. These include adjusting the pitch of the roof, adding skylights and even ensuring a brightly colored ceiling. White ceilings preserve sunlight whereas dark ceilings make a room feel gloomier and smaller.

The outdoor contractor you choose will make a difference.

Composite floor Kansas City screened porch lrIn the many years we have been building roofed structures throughout the Kansas City metro, we have encountered many scenarios and we have experience employing a number of techniques to achieve the degree of sun you’d like in both your new room and as this affects the adjoining room of your home.

It is important to note that while these techniques are helpful, there most certainly will be some compromise. Regardless of the design, having a new room added to your home will have an affect on how sun enters the existing room. More often, there is a degree of compromise that must be reached. Rest assured, we have the experience and expertise to recommend and build the best solution to achieve your needs and wants for your new space.

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Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

Bonnie and Dan Hall, Archadeck of Kansas City Owners

If you’re considering adding a screened porch or other roofed structure to your home, give us a ring. During our free consultation, we can discuss options and provide design ideas for your new space. Give us a call or send us an email. (913) 851 – 3325 or kansascity@archadeck.net.

Visit our screened porch page on our website or peruse some of our photo galleries including our screened porches photo gallery or our covered/open porch photo gallery.