Are the winds of change taking over your outdoor living space expectations?

Winds of Change

Are the winds of change taking over your outdoor living space expectations?

As we change, so do our wants and needs. For instance, in the 90s when searching for homes, most buyers just “had to have” a master bath that included a garden tub and a separate enclosed shower. Today we often see those same homeowners upgrading to the larger all glass, enclosed walk-in shower mostly because they offer easier accessibility for everyone. Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County, over the years, has seen the same sort of thing happen with many homeowners’ outdoor living space needs. Similarly, where a large open deck previously served your entertaining needs well for the kids’ birthday parties when they were younger or a backyard barbecue, now your outdoor living needs may be different. Perhaps your children are all grown up and out on their own or maybe you no longer need an open space, but prefer a covered space which provides protection from the elements and insects. With these changing needs in mind, converting your deck into a screened porch, or even your existing screened porch into an outdoor room (such as a 4-season room, or sunroom)  may be the perfect solution and we can help.

  • Screened Porch with Massaranduba DeckDeck-to-screened porch conversion: Your spacious deck provides an area for outdoor dining, relaxation and entertaining, so choosing to convert that deck into a screened porch simply upgrades that area for the same activities, but without the hassle of pesky insects or the dangers associated with the sun. As an added benefit, during times of inclement weather, a screened porch allows you to continue the fun on your protected porch. Just think about the last time a sudden spring shower dampened your outdoor event on your deck, ultimately driving you all back into the house just in time for the rain to stop. Now imagine that same event continuing while that quick shower comes and goes, without your outdoor party missing a beat because your outdoor living space is now covered and protected!
  • Three season room with cedar ceiling and slate floor

    Three season room with cedar ceiling and slate floor.

    Screened porch-to-sunroom conversion: Your existing screened porch protects your outdoor events, but if you completely enclose that same space with glass windows and add a heating and/or air conditioning source, you will extend the livable area of your home as well as have an excellent space for entertaining.  When you get down to the logistics of it, a sunroom, or interior room addition is like having a screened porch with walls and windows which can be used year-round after all!

Just as we have done for many other homeowners in the Howard and Montgomery county areas, Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County can custom design and construct the conversion of your existing outdoor living space. We have extensive experience transforming decks-to-screened porches, creating an outdoor living area which allows you to enjoy the fresh air and wonderful view of your beautiful backyard while being shielded from the elements. Additionally, we specialize in screened porch-to-sunroom conversions, producing outdoor room additions which blend seamlessly with your home and landscape to meet or exceed your outdoor living needs.

Rockville MD custom upscale screened porch builder

Vaulted ceilings and Velux skylights open up this gorgeous bright and airy screened porch in Rockville,MD.

Though deck-to-screened-porch conversion or screened porch-to-sunroom conversions may seem like difficult projects, in many cases they are not. Prior to beginning either of these projects, we begin with an evaluation of the structural components of your existing deck or screened porch. A good majority of these existing structures, if not built by Archadeck, may not have been constructed to support the weight of a roof. Other elements we inspect and take note of during the onsite evaluation include: the method in which the deck or screened porch was originally built and the type of foundation and joists the structure has. Full knowledge of these items are part of the criteria that must be met to ensure your existing deck or screened porch can support the added weight of a roof and the additional standards required in making the conversion. In most cases, conversions are possible, but it is crucial to hire an outdoor structure professional with extensive knowledge about decks and outdoor structures. Hiring a professional ensures the safety and success of your intended conversion.

Versatile screened porch and deck combination in Central MD.

Versatile screened porch and deck combination in Central MD.

As your outdoor structure professional, we highly recommend reinforcing any existing structure’s foundation when converting it to a roofed structure. We can retrofit most existing structures by installing new footers (as long as we can get underneath the structure to reinforce it), which reach all the way to the corners of the structure, to support the new weight of a roof.

If you are considering a conversion or upgrade for your existing outdoor living space, contact Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County today. We’ll not only inspect the structural soundness of your existing deck or screened porch and determine if it’s a candidate for an upgrade, we’ll also custom design and build your new converted structure to bring added function and beauty to your backyard and lifestyle. Call us for a free design consultation, or to schedule a deck inspection today at (301) 926 – 3001 or via email at centralmaryland@archadeck.net.

John Barrett Archadeck of Maryland

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Baby it’s cold outside; versatile heating options to keep your Central MD outdoor room warm this winter!

Is this what your screened porch feels like during the winter

Is this what your screened porch or 3-season room feels like during the winter months?

Do you yearn to spend time with friends and family on your porch this winter? Too often it is assumed screened porches are not conducive for use in the winter months…not so! As the old saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention and homeowner’s need to enjoy their outdoor living space year-round, the development of a convertible porch or 3 season room along with a host of options for keeping the nip of winter at bay has been serendipitous.

Extending the use of your existing 3-season room or porch with the addition of heating devices, not only increases your enjoyment of the space, but also brings more value to your investment. The winter months in Montgomery and Howard counties are full of wonderful winter and holiday activities for you and your loved ones to enjoy. What better way to carry on the fun, or unwind after, than by gathering in your favorite space to share the events of the day. Imagine coming home from an afternoon of ice skating or an evening tour of the holiday lights to share hot cocoa and muffins or a dinner and hot toddies. With your incorporation of heating, your convertible porch or 3-season room can magically morph into your own cozy lodge.  Listed below are some of the innovative warming options you might consider to keep your space warm:

  • Radiant Heat Panels – These flush or recessed mounted ceiling panels provide non-drying, non-allergenic, sun like warmth via safe, infrared radiant energy that travels through the air with the speed of light warming objects in its path, including the floor.  Heat is zone controlled so you stop paying for heat in unoccupied areas. Additional benefits of this “green” product include quiet operation, life of building longevity (meaning they never need maintenance), availability in various sizes, voltages and wattages and can be painted with latex-based paint to match any décor. They have no odor and since they do not circulate air like convective systems, there is no dust.
  • Yes, this is actually an outdoor heater that looks like an elegan upscale floor lamp! This one is made by Northgate.

    Yes, this is actually an outdoor heater that looks like an elegant upscale floor lamp! This one is made by Northgate.

    Modern Electric Tabletop and Floor “Lamps” – With the look of a lamp, these electric heaters have taken design and décor into greater consideration. A popular example is the Northgate Floor Lamp. They are designed to blend into the outdoor living space environment, yet still provide the same function of the traditional electric space heater. These are available in a wide selection of styles, varying in size and price range to make “cozy” affordable to all porch owners.

  • Wall or ceiling-mounted electric heaters – In recent years smaller versions of this typically commercial space type heater, have been designed for residential use on patios. The use of infrared elements or halogen bulbs in this heating technology produces invisible rays of light that only heat objects and people, not the air. This makes such a heater a sound, economical choice because you pay only for heating the things you want to warm, rather than heating air that is quickly blown off the porch!
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Custom ceiling mounted infrared heaters keeps this outdoor space toasty warm in spite of winter’s chill!

  • Gas tabletop heaters

    Gas tabletop heaters work great in both covered and open outdoor settings.

    Gas tabletop heaters – These smaller gas patio heaters use camp stove-type fuel canisters and can prove useful for warming guests seated around a table. Safety reminder: when dealing with any type of fuel-powered heater it is vital to make sure the model you choose is approved for use in a covered area, such as a porch or screened porch, and the proper clearance is provided to ensure the unit is safely operable.

Fireplaces…not to be forgotten

While the aforementioned heating units are typically the options for existing outdoor living spaces, if you are adding or remodeling your Central Maryland outdoor living space, you have the benefit of integrating a wood burning or gas fireplace right into the design. Please do not misunderstand…adding a custom fire feature is, of course, possible for an existing porch, but it is more economical to include as part of your outdoor living design from the start due to the dynamics involved.

Montgomery County, MD, cedar ceiling porch with stunning outdoor fireplace integration.

Montgomery County, MD, cedar ceiling porch with stunning outdoor fireplace integration.

Fireplace – A fireplace provides ambiance and a focal point of rustic beauty for your outdoor room, all while keeping the space toasty warm and comfortable throughout the cold winter months. When used in conjunction with a ceiling fan(s), your porch will be warm enough to enjoy almost year-round.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandArchadeck of Central Maryland & Montgomery has designed and constructed many outdoor living spaces to the rave reviews of our clients! We can provide more ideas on utilizing your screened porch or 3-season room year-round, or if you are ready to update your current outdoor living space, contact Archadeck of Central Maryland & Montgomery today at (301) 926 – 3001 or via email at centralmaryland@archadeck.net. Our expert team has many options available to suit your needs, budget and keep you loving outdoor living season after season!