Screened Porch

Nature is a beautiful thing but spending time out in it can come with its drawbacks, as anyone who has ever experienced a mosquito bite can tell you. Porches were made for sitting and relaxing, for time spent with friends and family, for being outdoors without being exposed to all the drawbacks. Unfortunately, no one has told mosquitoes or those other flying pests that porches are not part of their natural habitat.

This gentleman had a lovely porch, perfect for spending an evening on, but he wished for a little more protection…

That’s where we came in. We started by framing in a 32″ wall around the porch:

Next we wrapped the wall in 1×6 wooden tongue-and-groove siding, which the homeowner then chose to paint white himself:

And we finished up by installing black screen in the upper half of the porch wall, providing that extra protection without sacrificing the fresh air of outdoors when the homeowner wants to do some porch-sitting:

More than one person has bought a house with a lovely porch, happily imagining themselves spending many evenings on it, but then found that they seldom make any use of the porch at all for fear of mosquitoes and other insects. That doesn’t have to be you. If your porch is too often invaded by creepy creatures for you to enjoy spending time on it, why not look into turning it into your own screened sanctuary? Call us today at (870) 845-1121 for your free consultation.

From Porch to Kitchen, Part 1 of 2

Porches are wonderful things, but there are few of us who feel like our house has too much room inside, especially when it comes to the kitchen. Sometimes the most cost-efficient way to grow our living space is to change what we already have, rather than adding something completely new. By having us remove a wall and enclose her existing porch, this lady expanded her kitchen by quite a bit.

We started with this:

After removing the porch railing and posts, we framed in the new room:

Here we see the walls are closed in, ready for windows:

And the WindowMart® windows are installed. The homeowner chose the Desert Tan color for her vinyl windows:

New concrete underpinning and cedar siding for the exterior walls, nearly done:

And the exterior is complete:

And for those of you who are thinking, “But now she doesn’t have a screened porch,” no worries. We took the part of her porch that was open…

…and screened it in for her:

Exterior transformations are always fun to watch, but it’s inside where the real magic happens. Stick around til next week, when we’ll step through that door and get a look at this lucky lady’s new kitchen!