Need advice on how to turn 12'x20' patio into a all seasons room.

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  • Betsy Betsy on May 20, 2018
    Be aware that if you do this, it will increase your taxes. If there are no existing walls, then you have to start from scratch. Check this site: https://www.familyhandyman.com/garden-structures/screen-porch-construction/view-all/

  • Bijous Bijous on May 20, 2018
    1. Check local buildings codes. You are essentially adding another room to your home.
    2. Make a budget (then multiple that by 1/2. That will be your final cost.)
    3. Make a time line and add a week.
    4. Draw a design, or look into purchasing an online design.
    5. Check the capacity of your heating and air to make sure it can handle the additional room. Or decide if you are going to have a separate way of cooling and heating the area.
    6. Line up your subcontractors for electrical, plumbing any masonry work. Start with framing and go from there.
  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on May 20, 2018
    Start by obtaining a permit, the inspector will be out to make sure it's up to code. A professional is what you need for this project.
    • Esther McCray Esther McCray on May 20, 2018
      We have had one professional company come out to give us a cost. Good news is because there's an existing roof, the permit is not necessary. However the company cost is exorbitant.
  • Betsy Betsy on May 21, 2018
    Yeah, the little stuff will escape a lot of people:) Also, you may have to pull a permit to do this and, if you are going to have lights put there, you will have to have a licensed electrician. What ever you do, don't pull the permits yourself. If you do, you're telling the city that you are doing the work. If it's electricity, and you pull the permit and the house catches fire, the insurance company will say that you pulled the permit, therefore you did the work and are not a licensed electrician. Then, the claim will be denied. If any worker is not licensed and bonded, or says "You pull the permit and I'll save you $100", throw them out! One thing you might do is to build a frame and have those roll-up screens, like a gazebo. Also, you can check with the city and see exactly how much your taxes will go up, it just may be a small amount. Good luck:)
  • Betsy Betsy on May 22, 2018
    Isn't this a great site for information? I'm so proud to be a part of it:)
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