Monday, July 9, 2012

Exterior Porch to Interior Space

If you need additional living space and your home has a porch you have all the ingredients you need to create a beautiful new room.  Enclosing your porch could be a simple, cost-effective way to gain the space you want.

You can gain living space without encroaching into your yard and a portion of the structural work may already be in place.  Side porches can be easily converted into home offices, playrooms, or den/family rooms.  Rear porches are ideal for adding space to extend your kitchen.  Almost any porch can be enclosed for year-round enjoyment. By using energy-efficient windows and correct insulation in the building process, your new room will help you save energy in your home as well.

The porch’s location, its wall and floor materials, and the condition of the existing foundation will influence the ease or difficulty of modifying a porch.  Some porches may need more modification than others to enclose.  It is also important to consider the style of your home and ensure that the enclosed porch add to your home's beauty and does not look out of place.

Our next blog will review the typical scope of work in converting a porch to a full season room.

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