Does anyone have any suggestions for an honest contractor to turn a deck into a sunroom in the Metro Atlanta area

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We would love to turn our deck into a sunroom & open the room up to expand our kitchen. We live in the Metro Atlanta area.
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  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Feb 19, 2013
    Melissa, there are several Hometalk members in your area who have showcased just that type of work. You can do a search for them using the "find a pro" button at the top of the page.

  • Melissa Melissa on Feb 19, 2013
    Thanks, Douglas! I will do that, I'm just learning how to navigate Hometalk :) I really appreciate the tip.

  • Yair Spolter Yair Spolter on Feb 20, 2013
    Here's a link to help you out, Melissa. You can click on any of these pros to find out more about them: http://www.hometalk.com/members/professionals?search=building-construction&zipcode=30214 Welcome to Hometalk!

  • New Age Global Builders New Age Global Builders on Feb 20, 2013
    You can try http://remodeling.networx.com, they have a relationship I beleive with http://hometalk.com. I would help you but we are general contractors in the Queens- Manhattan- NY area. Thanks - Paul from http://newageglobalbuilders.com

  • Melissa, check out my website, bewareofcontractor.com. To convert your deck to a sunroom in GA will likely take a building permit. It will definitely take a state licensed residential or general contractor -- that state license may be verified with the Professional Licensing Board of the Secretary of State's office and assure that they have not had unfavorable action against them. It is NOT a business license. Be careful, unfortunately there may even be some on Hometalk and other websites who are performing work for which they do not hold a lawful license. The contractor should pull the permit in their name--NOT YOU! That makes them responsible for code compliance and inspections. You want to be sure to have these to at least have some minimum assurance that your deck is properly attached to your home and, if above ground, will NOT collapse and injury someone. My suggestion is to start here in Hometalk but to continue your due diligence elsewhere to confirm anyone. Check their BBB rating, Kudzu, etc but those ratings and reviews can be falsified or manipulated. If however you see horrible ratings, the run away. Any company can have one or two bad reviews (if so, see how they respond and see that they are professional). A good contractor will have a good contract and will meet with you. There are certain requirements that they should have in their contract, and the absence of a written warranty, the FTC Cooling Off rule disclosures (if signed anywhere other than their permanent place of business), and the Right to Repair Act disclosure should be warning signs also. I also recommend that you find a member in good standing with an association like NARI (full disclosure: I have been legal counsel to NARI Atlanta). As a general rule (and this is broad brush), members working on certifications and keeping up with the industry have a reputation they truly care about. Again, however this is only one thing to check. I can go on but check out my website (its free) and if you have questions give me a call. Also you may want to check out the Natl Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud (NCPHIF.org). I speak for them and we'll soon have out a workbook to help homeowners.