Category Archives: Outdoor Living

Isn’t it Time to Build or Convert Your Outdoor Living Room?

Imagine the enjoyment you could have with a year-round outdoor living space! During the cooler days of fall, you can watch football games sitting around a fire. Make the most of your time relaxing outdoors by having comfort in every season. One of our specialties is building customized outdoor areas, like covered patios, screened porches, and Georgia rooms (sunrooms for 3-4 seasons). Look at some of our projects below and learn more about which type of space is ideal for you!

Covered patio transformation by ADB

Covered Patios: Blurring the Line Between Indoors and Out

This open concept outdoor living room is covered to protect your furnishings and television from the elements, but open on the sides to feel almost fully outdoors. With well-made outdoor furnishings, beautiful slate tile flooring, and a mounted television, this room blurs the line between the indoors and outdoors. Enjoy family meals at the teak table and lounging by the pool in summer. 



A convenient door leads into the home with close access to a pool bath, and also the kitchen for ease in carrying meals outside. This patio is a great retreat for overhead shade, while at the same time lovely gable windows bring in extra sunshine.   

 


By replacing an existing screened porch, we created this spacious
all-season space with an open grilling deck.

Screened Porches: Fresh Air Breezes and a Fireplace   

Screened porches offer year-round possibilities for relaxing or gathering with family and friends. A screened porch can provide privacy and invigorating views of nature without mosquitoes and other pests! Enjoy a nice breeze in springtime or fall evenings with a fire burning in a gorgeous stone fireplace while watching the game. Even in winter, you can entertain in a large and versatile space like this one. With its abundance of comfortable seating, just imagine the long conversations taking place while a fire crackles in the background. 


Dale coined the term “Georgia Room” to describe
ADB’s 3-4 season sunrooms.

Georgia Rooms: Expand Your Home’s Sunny Square Footage

Georgia Rooms become a seamless extension of your home. Whether by replacing an existing screen porch or deck, or adding on new, Georgia Rooms provide needed gathering space with comfort and style. The room displayed above is finished in rustic elegance, matching the home’s interior. The ceiling is tongue and groove in a warm maple color, and the space has IPE wood floors. Georgia rooms have large windows giving you a convenient way to bring the outdoors into your home without the pollen. Heating and cooling the space, whether by extending the homes HVAC, or using separate mini-split systems, provides year-round enjoyment.
 

Are You Ready to Create Your Outdoor Living Space?

Getting closer to nature has benefits for your overall well-being! ADB is here for you every step of the way. We use our proprietary HOMEStyle System™ to design a project that fits with your lifestyle and your home! Let us transform your home and enrich your life. Contact us today for your free consultation!

The History Behind Your Screened-In Porch

Thirty years ago, your grandparents’ porch would have originally been built on top of decks with general deck boards. This gave the porch an “added-on” look to the house, instead of what we now see as a wholly-formed, functional asset of the house. As the field has grown and materials have improved over the years, standards have changed in how homeowners view the concept of a porch’s presentation. What started out as plain deck boards morphed into plywood/carpet, which then transitioned into a tile setup that has now settled into tongue and groove (T&G) decking.

When porches were originally built with deck boards, they left gaps between the boards as they did not fully align. This resulted in an overabundance of bugs crawling up between the boards to investigate. The solution to this was stapling screens to the bottom of the deck and obstructing the easy access for insects. But what was thought to be a decent solution, actually resulted in an unhealthy, unattractive trap for all food, hair, and garbage that was dropped throughout everyday life. And with that brought to light, it was back to the drawing board for ideas. 

Next up was installing plywood on the deck so that carpet could be placed over top. This allowed for a smooth and comfortable surface, perfect for bare feet. But soon the cons of using carpet began to outweigh the pros, as natural elements took their toll on it. The “shelf life” of carpet immersed in the outside world is much shorter than that of carpet used indoors. And because of that, carpeted porches began to see a decline. Allergens, such as pollen and dust, were trapped in its fibers, and rain (or water in general) sped up the degrading process of the plywood underneath. 

Now, twenty years later, we find that T&G is the best option for a porch, specifically utilizing Brazilian hardwoods. This type of wood is more stable than your average American wood, as it will not buckle, warp, twist, or cup. T&G connects in such a way that removes the spaces found in the original plain deck-boards setup and stops the infiltration of bugs from below. It can get rained on without the fear of degrading materials, and with that beautiful, natural wood look Brazilian hardwoods can last from 50-100 years with little maintenance required. 

As the past thirty years have come and gone, they have shown us the evolution of the screened-in porch. From its visual representation as a household “add-on” to a functional homeowner’s necessity, down to the technical advances of how materials have been designed to build an affordable yet well-designed space. If the past thirty years have taught us anything, it is that there is always potential for a bigger and better result of creativity, and that this is only the beginning.