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February 6, 2020
Plan Now: Turn Your Porch into an Enclosed Patio
It may be cold now, but this is the perfect time to start planning for ways to enjoy the warmer temperatures come spring. If you’re tired of looking at your back porch as it has turned into a resting place for kids’ toys, mismatched furniture, or a place for anything that doesn’t fit in the garage, there is hope. What about turning your uninspiring porch into a beautiful living space? Patio enclosures can transform the outdoors into a beautiful indoor/outdoor space to be enjoyed by all. Here are some things to consider when drafting your plan.
Every family is different. That’s why it’s essential to take the time to think about your needs and your wants. Note, the perfect enclosed patio can give you both of these! Do you need more storage for the kid’s sports equipment, more elbow room in the house, or maybe a quiet space to relax? Do you want more entertaining space, a tranquil space to do yoga or a beautiful place that lets you appreciate your backyard and garden? While thinking about how you’d like the room to function, it’s also time to consider when you’d like to use your enclosed patio. Do you want this to be a three season room, or would you prefer a four season room? If you need help determining which is best for your family, read our blog post, “Three Season Room vs. Four Seasons Sunrooms.”
It’s the thing no one wants to think about, but it’s a necessity. Now that tax season is here, talking about budgets for upcoming projects is a bit easier as you have a baseline from the previous year. By coming to the table with a list of needs and wants, a reputable dealer can help you scope out your project and determine where you may need to cut back or where you might be able to expand on your vision. The sooner you engage with a dealer, the better. They may also be able to tell when they have specials running or how fast they could install your dream enclosed patio based upon the time of year you want to start enjoying your new space.
Patio Enclosures You Envy
Take ownership of your design aesthetic, share your ideas, and collaborate with your project team. Don’t go to a dealer empty-handed. Explore Pinterest, manufacturer websites, and other resources to see what type of patio enclosures you like and even what doesn’t excite you. Take note of door and window styles, accessibility options, and the types of materials and colors you are drawn to for each enclosed patio image you share.
When selecting a dealer to work with on a patio enclosure project, it’s essential to make sure they’re reputable and that you can speak with previous customers. No matter the size or cost of your project, knowing that you’re working with a company you trust and one that uses the best products available, will ensure you end up with the perfect enclosed patio. Also, if you have friends, neighbors, or family who have completed a similar project, ask them about who they worked with on their enclosed patio.
Have Fun With Your New Space
Now that you’ve addressed the construction of your new space, it’s time to pull together a plan for decorating it. Pinterest, Instagram, design blog posts, and other resources can help get your creative juices flowing. Don’t be afraid to tear out magazine photos or create a Pinterest page with ideas you like. Also, check out our blog post, “Our Favorite Four Season Room Photos,” for decor inspiration.
It’s the perfect time of year to start thinking about patio enclosures. This type of proactive planning will help you create the ideal space for your family, and you may even find some cost savings for being such a good planner.