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Old 07-09-2015, 10:31 AM
 
Location: SaddleBrooke
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We are house hunting here in Saddlebrooke and saw a home that is lovely, however, would need an extensive ramada to capture the beautiful mountain view and also because the backyard is facing west. Does anyone have any experience with the costs involved, materials used, etc.?
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Old 07-09-2015, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Are you wanting a solid roof on it or open slats? We built a large pergola/lattice cover (attached to the house) with 1" slats and used Ray's Solar Solutions. They can also do solid covers if you don't want light coming through slats. They do offer free estimates and have some photos of their work on the website. They did a wonderful job. I believe it is aluminum. The best part is it comes in many different colors and won't fade.
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Old 07-09-2015, 04:33 PM
 
Location: SaddleBrooke
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Are you wanting a solid roof on it or open slats? We built a large pergola/lattice cover (attached to the house) with 1" slats and used Ray's Solar Solutions. They can also do solid covers if you don't want light coming through slats. They do offer free estimates and have some photos of their work on the website. They did a wonderful job. I believe it is aluminum. The best part is it comes in many different colors and won't fade.
We were looking for open slats. Just looking for a ball park figure because without the ramada, you really cannot capture the mountain view.
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Old 07-10-2015, 10:40 AM
 
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Price will vary depending on overall size and width between slats. I think ours was about $4500-5k. I can't recall the dimensions off hand but it might be about 20' by 15'. Call Ray's with the dimensions you are seeking and ask for approximate prices.
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Old 07-11-2015, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Don't buy a house with a backyard facing west. You will be miserable.
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Old 07-11-2015, 02:25 PM
 
Location: SaddleBrooke
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Don't buy a house with a backyard facing west. You will be miserable.
Thank you for that! We decided that since it faces west, it may be a poor choice.
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Old 07-11-2015, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I agree with that....the ramada wont do much good with west sun anyway.
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Old 07-11-2015, 08:24 PM
 
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do you really mean a patio roof?....not clear on why a ramada is required to "capture" the mountain views.....are there no mountain views as is??!!.....to me, this is a ramada:

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Old 07-12-2015, 08:11 AM
 
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Yes, I am stumped on that part, as well. I have determinedly avoided building anything with a roof in the backyard to block the sky and the view. So I'm not understanding that. I would probably time my patio visits on a west-facing side to mornings and after sunset and nights, when it should be awesome! West facing twilight is fantastic; witness the popularity of the view from Gates' Pass, for example. When we visited the U of Arizona Sky Center on Mt Lemmon, their whole program is built around a west-facing view, and it was breathtaking. I wouldn't turn down a west-facing patio in Tucson, necessarily. You just need to know the ins and outs.
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Old 07-12-2015, 08:27 AM
 
Location: SaddleBrooke
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do you really mean a patio roof?....not clear on why a ramada is required to "capture" the mountain views.....are there no mountain views as is??!!.....to me, this is a ramada:

Oops, I was meaning patio extension to provide more shade. I'm just getting used to the terminology here... We did find a home with a fabulous mountain view with a north/south exposure. I am guessing we will see some beautiful sunsets and sunrises.....
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