Time to Improve: Benefits of Adding a Covered Porch

long covered porch

As the New Year rolls in, you are probably thinking of all the home improvement projects you want to tackle for 2017! If you have more projects than you have the motivation, time, or budget for which one should you start with? A covered porch or patio might be the perfect place to start.

If done correctly, you’ll be asking yourself how you ever lived without a covered porch. The extra living space can become a great entertaining spot or a nice, relaxing space while adding value to your home.

covered porch with decorative landscaping and patio furniture
You can spruce up a covered porch with landscaping.

Outdoor living areas are trending right now (for very good reasons!). Covered porches can be very elaborate and versatile by being a living area, dining space, and sometimes an extra kitchen!

covered porch with full kitchen and fire place
If you don’t want a full blown kitchen like this covered porch but want a cooking spot, consider building a brick oven, pizza oven, or fireplace.

Since the space is sheltered from some environmental elements you can even decorate the space. These furnishings will last longer by being sheltered from most weather conditions. You can feel better about investing more money into decorations, rugs, and furniture if it will endure longer.

You might find that adding a covered patio or porch will reduce your utility bills since it increases the amount of shade around your home. Depending on where you live, you might find that it’s a good idea to add ceiling fans or some outdoor heaters to help lengthen the span of usable weather.

Lastly, putting in a quality covered porch will increase the value of your home. If you happen to live in a more competitive housing market or put your house up at a competitive time of year, the extra outdoor living space might give you the edge.

 

2016 Home Transformations

House with grey siding and white trim

Carlson Exteriors has had the opportunity to transform many homes this past year. Below are just a few of the homes we were lucky enough to get before pictures of!

 

This house had a plain white exterior- the homeowners were looking to give it a snazzy update with more contrast and decorative gable accent.

 

The Normal, IL homeowner had big ideas for this covered porch. Carlson Exteriors were able to make that dream a reality.

 

These Bloomingotn IL homeowners were tired of the up-keep that came with their natural cedar siding. They loved the look and were able to find a maintenance-free vinyl that had a very similar appearance to real cedar! Want to see more about this project? Click Here!!!

 

 

This homeowner in Peoria IL, had been fascinated by James Hardie Fiber Cement and wanted to add that product to his home.

 

This Bloomingotn, IL homeowner had been talking with us for a long time about replacing his cedar siding with James Hardie Fiber cement for a very long time! See more about his project by clicking here.