DCI recently started a remodeling project converting an existing screened porch to a year-round sun-room. You can see the first phase progress here. In this second phase pictured below, the walls are framed and sub-flooring is installed. The project is coming along nicely. Even the yard critters seem to agree! What can the average DIYer learn from this project? Here are a few things to think about if you are considering a conversion project such as screened porch to sunroom, patio to deck, adding a roof to an existing deck, etc.

  1.  Any project that will result in adding to or changing the existing structure will likely require a building permit and inspections. If you are going to DIY, you can pull a permit yourself. Read about that process here. You’ll need to have Miss Utility mark any gas/electrical lines and you may also encounter other unexpected obstacles that have to be addressed. For example, on this job, there was an underground power line beneath the existing porch door where the homeowner initially wanted the new stairs to go. It would be significant time and cost to move that power line so the decision was made to move the exterior entrance to the side.
  2.  What you can likely do yourself:
    • Light demolition of existing structures (i.e. deck, patio, etc.)
    • Digging and pouring footers
    • Framing
    • Installing insulation
    • Drywall
    • Painting
    • Finish trim
    • Windows
    • Siding
    • Flooring
  3. What you will likely have to hire a specialized contractor for:
    •  Electrical work
    •  HVAC (duct work, a/c or heating unit installation, etc.)
    •  Masonry (concrete and/or brick work)

Shelburne Project Phase 2