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Old 10-09-2012, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Hi,
Thinking about two projects. One is a second story deck (already have a cost estimate). The other is a screened in porch. Basically the existing 20 x 10 concrete slab would be used. It is not covered. We would be paying by cash, so our budget isn't as big as if we used financing.

Input, please? Or if you are a tradesperson, DM me. Thanks.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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No one has any input? I guess I should ask on the house forum?
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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There are a lot of variables in enclosing and covering a slab, so it is really hard to say. My parents had a slab patio made into a 'sun room', but they had windows/walls put in instead of screen, and I really can't remember if it was already covered or not. I guess I would just suggest going with multiple bids and see what comes back. The 'wild card' is how difficult it will be to connect and extend from your existing roof while maintaining long-term integrity.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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No one has any input? I guess I should ask on the house forum?
Yes, I think you'd probably get a better response there, since this is not a question that is specific to Austin.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Interesting...I just picked up our Avery Ranch 'newsletter' today and there's a full-page ad for Statewide Remodeling...sunrooms, enclosures, patio covers, etc. For a limited time , there's 50% off 'installation costs' for a sunroom purchase.(Tells me there's some smoke and mirrors with what is considered 'installation', but might still be worth looking into). Shows they are A+ w/ BBB for whatever that's worth. Showroom is on Rutland Dr. and it seems they offer FREE in-home consultation. Might be a decent resource. I have no affiliation with them nor do I know anything about their work...just passing along some info.

BTW, I really miss our screened-in 'car porch' back in Atlanta...especially THIS time of the year! I'd cover and screen our deck in a heartbeat IF the layout allowed.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Interesting...I just picked up our Avery Ranch 'newsletter' today and there's a full-page ad for Statewide Remodeling...sunrooms, enclosures, patio covers, etc. For a limited time , there's 50% off 'installation costs' for a sunroom purchase.(Tells me there's some smoke and mirrors with what is considered 'installation', but might still be worth looking into). Shows they are A+ w/ BBB for whatever that's worth. Showroom is on Rutland Dr. and it seems they offer FREE in-home consultation. Might be a decent resource. I have no affiliation with them nor do I know anything about their work...just passing along some info.

BTW, I really miss our screened-in 'car porch' back in Atlanta...especially THIS time of the year! I'd cover and screen our deck in a heartbeat IF the layout allowed.
I met with a Statewide Rep to get a price from them for the project described below, they were very careful about not putting anything in writing or giving me an actual bid other then cost per SF numbers, but from what they were telling me they were around 35% higher then the lowest bids I got from contractors for standard construction described below. And that was for single pane glass windows and white aluminum frame construction with minimal insulation, which would not match my house or meet the HOA requirements to do so.

Project: Enclose an existing covered patio to create a sunroom, where the roof and foundation/deck already existed. Including double pane insulated glass windows, adding insulation below the deck and above the ceiling in the existing covered patio, two new concrete footings. HardieBoard siding, painted and textured drywall interior with trim to match the existing house, 190 SF, Bids ranged from $13,500 to $29,500.

Send me a PM if you would like contractors contact information.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Round Rock
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4 years ago we covered our slab with a patio cover, not screened in, and it cost $6500. That was for a 26 x 16 slant roof that tied into the house so it looked like it was built with the house and with electricity.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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4 years ago we covered our slab with a patio cover, not screened in, and it cost $6500. That was for a 26 x 16 slant roof that tied into the house so it looked like it was built with the house and with electricity.
So that was $15.62/S.F.

My example was $71.05/S.F.

FYI new houses run around $100/S.F. Small projects tend to cost more per S.F. because of the logistics and overhead.

The cost of covering and screening in that space in motherofthree's example, no need for insulated walls or interior finishes, $20-$30/ SF is probably a reasonable "Guesstimate".
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Thanks! very helpful. BAsically I want what momofthree has but with a screened enclosure. CptnRn, if I read correctly, 20-30 SF seems like a reasonable price. Thanks, while I know it's a guesstimate, it gives me a good frame of mind on what something like this would cost. I would prefer not to go over that sq ft price, to be honest.

Statewide's prices are a sticker shock, which is kind of typical of places whose bread and butter is from financing.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Statewide's prices are a sticker shock, which is kind of typical of places whose bread and butter is from financing.
Statewide is a franchise, the guy I was talking to probably had to pay a hefty fee to be part of the franchise and sell their products. Plus they do a lot of advertising, which is costly. All of that overhead adds up and increased the cost.
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