Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Considering a Screened Porch
Old 04-22-2008, 02:33 PM   #1
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 216
Considering a Screened Porch

We live in North Florida and let's just say the bugs are ridiculous. They are even worse this year due to a fairly wet winter. We're contemplating getting a screened porch/enclosure added on to the back of the house. You know, one of those aluminum jobs.

I just got a quote of 5700.00 for the whole thing, including a slab, footer, kickplate around the entire 15x15 enclosure, some sort of more durable roof, and one door.

Has anyone ever had one installed? Does this price seem high/low? It actually seems somewhat high to me. I mean, the entire room is nothing but screen and aluminum, both of which come pretty cheap, and the guy said it will be done in one day so the labor can't be that much.

For anyone who has one, any pros/cons you can offer and/or things to opt for or against when purchasing?

Thanks very much.
__________________

__________________
"...I'm the kind of guy who if he can't have too much of a thing doesn't want any at all."
GatorBuzz is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-22-2008, 02:48 PM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
Rich_by_the_Bay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 8,827
Hard to tell about the price but I've had a couple built; might be a little high. Some suggestions from my experience:

1. Build the roof as high as your budget allows. It makes a big difference in how the living space feels. Low = cage, high = spacious.

2. Last time around there were two grades of screen mesh. One was stronger to resist things like dogs, rambunctious kids, or other hazards. We ran the stronger one for the bottom course only. Our dog never damaged it.

3. Get a screen tool - the rubber gaskets they use to mount the screen occasionally pop, and you can just press it right back in yourself.

4. Where the enclosure meets the house, consider a "super gutter" - larger and sturdier. You can't easily get at that gutter and the big one doesn't plug or sag readily. We are on 4 years with our current one, and I never had to touch it.

If you want a fancier look, you can build out the 4 corner posts in brick or block/stucco. It makes it look more substantial.

We love the enclosed space - you can leave house doors to it open, no bugs, very pleasant. It also filters the sun a bit and keeps the house cooler.
__________________

__________________
Rich
San Francisco Area
ESR'd March 2010. FIRE'd January 2011.

As if you didn't know..If the above message contains medical content, it's NOT intended as advice, and may not be accurate, applicable or sufficient. Don't rely on it for any purpose. Consult your own doctor for all medical advice.
Rich_by_the_Bay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2008, 03:05 PM   #3
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Moemg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sarasota,fl.
Posts: 10,035
We built one in 1995 and the price was $3,500 . I second Rich on the high ceiling plus make it nice and large . The are great for entertaining . We've entertained thirty people on ours with room to spare . I am curious . What bugs do you have ? I live on the border of Sarasota and Bradenton and except for the love bugs we are never bothered with bugs .
__________________
Moemg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2008, 04:11 PM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Laurel, MD
Posts: 2,951
I would think most of the cost is in the slab. Are they required to pull a permit for that? I would guess $15-20/sq ft for the slab and I had a patio contractor tell me he would not quote any jobs under $2K.
__________________
jazz4cash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2008, 04:48 PM   #5
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Midpack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 11,977
We used to live in central FL and we had a pool with the screen enclosure. I can't imagine being without there. Kept bugs, leaves & other debris out and kept the pool temp lower. I never understood why I never saw them anywhere outside FL. Beyond that I'd echo the suggestions you've already gotten.
__________________
No one agrees with other people's opinions; they merely agree with their own opinions -- expressed by somebody else. Sydney Tremayne
Retired Jun 2011 at age 57

Target AA: 60% equity funds / 35% bond funds / 5% cash
Target WR: Approx 2.5% Approx 20% SI (secure income, SS only)
Midpack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2008, 04:53 PM   #6
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
OAG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Central, Ohio, USA
Posts: 2,598
A few years ago my Son and I built one on his home in Middleburg FL. Had the slab put in (we did not do that part). It was about 20X20 and we got all of the parts at HD. It cost about $3K because we put an insulated roof on it (which was about 1/2 of the cost). Took us a few weeks to do since parts (roof) had to be ordered. I would suggest you get about a 23" kick plate around the entire thing and put as much of a overhang on the roof (rains will come in big time otherwise).
__________________
Vietnam Veteran, CW4 USA, Retired 1979
OAG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2008, 06:06 PM   #7
Moderator
Walt34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Eastern WV Panhandle
Posts: 16,544
We had it done when the house was built, I forget what the price tag was. There's a storage shed underneath for the lawn mower & stuff. DW was the one who wanted it but I'm the one who spends the most time out there. A nice place to be at sunset with a glass of wine.

I like the ceiling fan, that makes it usable for another ten degrees higher.
__________________
I heard the call to do nothing. So I answered it.
Walt34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2008, 06:37 PM   #8
Recycles dryer sheets
Bram's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 214
Ours is called a "sunroom" & we have glass sliding doors, as well as the screens. Here in the northern states they also known as 4-season rooms, tho' they will get nippy in the dead of winter unless there is a heat source. DH says it's the best room in the house! Gives you the feel of being outdoors, yet protected when the weather is unfit.
Nice place for the grandkids to play also.
__________________
.
.

Every step of the journey is the journey.
Bram is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2008, 08:35 PM   #9
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 216
Thanks for your replies everyone. Very helpful information.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Moemg View Post
What bugs do you have ? I live on the border of Sarasota and Bradenton and except for the love bugs we are never bothered with bugs .
I live in Gainesville and we have mosquitoes, gnats, horseflies, etc. We live on some land that butts up to a large hardwood forest, which makes the bugs even worse. It's pretty bad.


Quote:
Originally Posted by jazz4cash View Post
I would think most of the cost is in the slab. Are they required to pull a permit for that? I would guess $15-20/sq ft for the slab and I had a patio contractor tell me he would not quote any jobs under $2K.
Yeah, they are required to pull a permit for it.

I'm going to try tomorrow for some more rough estimates over the phone and see what I can get. Thanks again for your feedback. It's really helpful.
__________________

__________________
"...I'm the kind of guy who if he can't have too much of a thing doesn't want any at all."
GatorBuzz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:34 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.