Remodeling Tips

Dated: 01/30/2018

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Remodeling Tips: How To Build A Screened In Porch

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Remodeling can be an excellent way to improve your home, whether you plan on living there for a long time to come or are trying to raise the value so that you can sell it more quickly on the market. One impressive project that can improve both the interior and the exterior is to build a screened in porch.

Building a screened in porch is quite simple from a structural standpoint. Here’s an easy to understand guide to get started!

Step One: Make A Budget

Make sure you have enough in your budget for the job. You’ll probably need to spend $766-1025 to create a screened in porch on your current deck, with higher prices for premium materials.

Step Two: Secure The Right Permits

You will need to make sure that you acquire the appropriate building and zoning permits for your area. Some municipalities have self-facilitation programs that can help you apply for your permits online, but in other areas you’ll have to contact your local permit office and apply through them.

Step Three: Start Building Your Screened In Porch

Your Framework

Once you have enough money and the appropriate permits, it’s time to get busy. If you’re building on an existing deck, your first step will be to assemble the framework for your porch. Otherwise, you’ll need to lay the foundation from scratch. If you’re building your foundation, follow these steps:

  1. Lay out a perimeter using mason’s string.

  2. Remove your pavers, dig a trench and fill it with crushed gravel or small rock.

  3. Level off the gravel to create a base.

  4. Set your foundation timbers on the gravel base, level them, and nail them together using 10-inch spikes.

  5. Cut the pavers and reinstall them, making sure they fit against the timbers snugly.

Image titleIf you already have a foundation, you can move right into the framework. Each framework will differ slightly according to your design, but make sure to do the following in order:

  1. Notch your vertical posts.

  2. Mount a plank beam on the two rear posts and raise them all into place.

  3. Install the posts at the front corners, fit upper horizontal beams into the notches, and screw in the joints to secure them.

  4. Cut any protruding side posts down to length.

  5. Bolt the finished frame together.

Building Out the Posts

Once you have created your framework, you’ll want to work on detailing your posts by placing rafters and adding cross supports. Then you’ll want to build doors out of straight 2x4s and 2x6s. If you don’t feel like making a door yourself, it should also be fairly simple to buy one—but you can save up to $150 by making one from your spare materials. After you have assembled or purchased a door, you can move on to fitting in screens and putting on the awning.

When to Hire a Contractor

If the construction sounds too technical for you at your current skill level, you may consider having your porch built by a contractor. If you do, make sure to find a licensed contractor with insurance so that you can rely on them to work safely and professionally. You will also want to make sure that you receive an estimate from your contractor prior to making any binding agreements. Contractors normally inspect the site before offering an estimate, so once they give you a quote you should be able to avoid surprise expenses.

It is also better to hire contractors in the winter instead of waiting until spring. Spring is peak season for builders, which means that they may charge more for their services and be harder to book. Hiring a contractor during the winter is normally easier and more cost-effective.

If you have the time and skill for the job, learning how to build a screened in porch can be an incredibly rewarding project. If not, hiring a contractor to do it can still provide you with attractive results. Refer to this guide when pursuing either route, and enjoy an addition to your home that will make it more comfortable and beautiful.

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