Architect for screened porch?

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Architect for screened porch?

Post by abw » Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:37 pm

We would value your advice on this issue. We would like to build on a screened-in porch. We have a nondescript 90s McMansion thing with a many-angled roof, so we would like a porch that makes sense architecturally. Also, we believe that our house was slapped together so we hope any addition won't rip off a wall when attached.

In addition, we are also considering having it be two stories. The first floor would enter from the kitchen; the second would enter from an upper bedroom. One reason for this is that we can't figure out how a single-story porch would have a sensible roofline.

Our guess is that we need an architect to plan it out. We live in a smaller southeastern city (100k residents). We have never hired an architect.

We would value any and all advice. Should we hire? How to vet? How much should we expect (or be willing) to pay for an architect?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Architect for screened porch?

Post by delamer » Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:13 pm

Do you have any design/build contractors in your area?

If so, that’s where I’d start. The roof issue might be easier to solve than you think.

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Re: Architect for screened porch?

Post by 123 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:27 pm

If you haven't done so already you should probably take some drives around your city and area and take photos of house with porches that you find attractive. You may come across a home that had the same issues as yours. After all the first thing architect is going to ask is likely "What's important to you?".

From what I've heard an architect fee can be 10% - 15% of the cost of the renovation. A lot can depend on how much oversight you want the architect to have over the progress and completion of the project. Existing and enhanced landscaping, including trees, can be a significant component (and cost) of such a project. Trees and landscaping can accentuate certain features as well as hide design flaws.

"Simple" project can grow. If the problem would be blending with the existing roof line the solution might be to change that roof line.
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Re: Architect for screened porch?

Post by Watty » Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:33 pm

If you have a HOA be sure to check to see if that will be allowed.

A two story screened in porch would likely cost some serious money. Before you do that it would be good to consider moving to a different house that has more of the features that you might like.

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Re: Architect for screened porch?

Post by Sandtrap » Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:10 am

Something as you described can have a large effect on your home appearance. . and resale value.
Consult an architect.
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Re: Architect for screened porch?

Post by WWV » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:01 am

abw wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:37 pm
Also, we believe that our house was slapped together so we hope any addition won't rip off a wall when attached.

In addition, we are also considering having it be two stories. The first floor would enter from the kitchen; the second would enter from an upper bedroom.
Have worked with architect both on our house (new design + later additions) and in commercial build-out. Given the above concerns and idea of two stories-yes get an architect.

They add value both in peace-of-mind design and structural integrity. They can also get paid to inspect the build-they may see something the builder and the city inspector miss.

This last point is why I would avoid design/build option-there may not be the check and balance you want.
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Re: Architect for screened porch?

Post by abw » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:51 pm

delamer wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:13 pm
Do you have any design/build contractors in your area?

If so, that’s where I’d start. The roof issue might be easier to solve than you think.
Thanks for this suggestion. We will definitely ask around about this. I know there are a few in town.

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Re: Architect for screened porch?

Post by abw » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:52 pm

123 wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:27 pm
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From what I've heard an architect fee can be 10% - 15% of the cost of the renovation. A lot can depend on how much oversight you want the architect to have over the progress and completion of the project. Existing and enhanced landscaping, including trees, can be a significant component (and cost) of such a project. Trees and landscaping can accentuate certain features as well as hide design flaws.

"Simple" project can grow. If the problem would be blending with the existing roof line the solution might be to change that roof line.
Thanks for this advice. Based on your suggestion, and those of others on this thread, we are rethinking "complex". :happy

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Re: Architect for screened porch?

Post by abw » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:53 pm

Watty wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:33 pm
If you have a HOA be sure to check to see if that will be allowed.

A two story screened in porch would likely cost some serious money. Before you do that it would be good to consider moving to a different house that has more of the features that you might like.
Thanks for your advice. Fortunately, our HOA is quite limited in its impact on our lives. :happy

We are rethinking our view of the need for two stories. Your points are very helpful.

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Re: Architect for screened porch?

Post by abw » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:54 pm

Sandtrap wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:10 am
Something as you described can have a large effect on your home appearance. . and resale value.
Consult an architect.
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Thanks for your suggestion. We are now thinking it would be better to minimize the impact on our home's appearance. :happy

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Re: Architect for screened porch?

Post by abw » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:55 pm

WWV wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:01 am
Have worked with architect both on our house (new design + later additions) and in commercial build-out. Given the above concerns and idea of two stories-yes get an architect.

They add value both in peace-of-mind design and structural integrity. They can also get paid to inspect the build-they may see something the builder and the city inspector miss.

This last point is why I would avoid design/build option-there may not be the check and balance you want.
Thanks for this advice. These are very good questions for us to ask when interviewing firms.

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Re: Architect for screened porch?

Post by mariezzz » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:18 pm

Why not put on a 2 story addition with lots of screened windows that allow it to function essentially as a screened porch? That would have more resale value.

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