Adding onto your home can be time consuming and expensive, but if you take on the right project you can end up with a result you love with less risk that you'll run afoul of your municipal building codes. Enclosing a porch is no small project, but doing so is possible with a bit less red tape to sort through than other home renovations or additions. With the addition of an enclosed porch in mind, focus on what you'll need in order to turn the space into a part of your home that you'll actually use.
All Weather Comfort
Staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer can be a challenge when you're dealing with an enclosed exterior setting. There are ways to overcome this though, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors without suffering from the weather in the process. It all starts with choosing the right windows and insulation.
Find a brand of multi-pane windows that can provide sufficient insulation, such as those that use inert gas to create a thermal barrier. The gas makes for a more effective insulator than glass alone, and can even help to amplify the ambient heat of the sun, which will really help in the winter. Insulating the walls and the window frame using expansive polyurethane foam will provide additional protection, creating a sealed space where you control the temperature.
The Ins and Outs
Closing everything off from the outside world offers control, but if you're a fan of letting a nice breeze in, there are other things to consider too. You'll also want to look at foot traffic access for your new enclosed porch too. Will your porch double as a sunroom for entertaining and relaxing, or a pass through from the outside?
Choose windows with tight fitting screens, so you have the option of closing off the space or opening it up to a cool summer breeze. The screens will keep unwanted guests from intruding on your afternoon, while still allowing the smells and sounds the season in. A sliding door or French doors that match the specifications of your windows will allow you to maintain the same aesthetic, while still providing insulation in the winter, or if you choose to close off the space.
If you choose to attach the new structure of your porch to your home's existing structure you'll have different statutes and codes to consider. Both attached and floating porches have value, and both can be made into comfortable spaces that can be used all year long. For more information, contact a company like Lexington Tent & Awning.