Project Description

This 1980s era home had a wood deck that was rotted and needed to be replaced. The homeowner wanted to create a sunroom and covered porch that would keep her and guests out of the elements but allow her to enjoy her backyard.

Sunroom and covered deck goals and challenges

  • We wanted to create a functional, beautiful space in the existing deck footprint that would give the homeowner everything she wanted.
  • As was often typical in of 1980s construction, metal flashing was not installed between the deck and the house, which allowed water to penetrate and rot the bandsill.
  • We had to meet additional construction requirements due to wind codes.


  • We began by tearing down the old deck, replacing the rotted bandsill and pouring new footings to create solid foundation.
  • We took the existing 14’ x 36’ deck footprint and designed the new space to include a 14’ x 24’ sunroom and a 14’ by 12’ covered porch.
  • We designed the space so that the living room doors and the homeowner’s bedroom doors connected to the new room, so she or guests could walk directly out into the new space.
  • Plenty of energy efficient vinyl windows ensure the sunroom is filled with natural light. In fact, there were so many windows that we had to meet additional structural wind code requirements. To do that, we placed double 10” structural LVL beams across the entire length of the rear wall.
  • To ensure that the new sunroom looks as if it has always been a part of the home, we sheetrocked over what were the exterior brick walls. We replaced what had been a pair of exterior lights with new sconces and added a third electrical line to bring in an additional sconce. Two sizes of tile laid in an intricate pattern on the floor and bright blue wall paint enliven the space.
  • The covered porch and sunroom exterior are finished with Hardiplank and MiraTEC composite materials that are rot resistance and virtually maintenance free. A beautiful tongue and groove stained ceiling adds an elegant touch to the covered porch, where a ceiling fan and four recessed cans add functional lighting.
  • The electrical panel was full, so we added a subpanel to handle the additional power needs. Oftentimes, older homes were built with only a 100 amp box, whereas new homes often have a minimum of 200 or even 400 amps.
  • We completed the project a little ahead of the 12 week projected timeframe.
  • Now, the homeowner can sit on her covered porch or in her sunroom and enjoy her beautiful backyard and two large Bradford pear trees in comfort and style.
Working with Palmer Custom Builders was a good experience. We love the sunroom; we live out here. It’s been a year since it’s been finished, and I’d recommend Gary anytime. Gary had it all mapped out and would tell me what we could or could not do and why. We had a very good working relationship.
Rosemary Vincent, New sunroom
The house looks completely different on the outside. More vibrant, improved exterior and interior. Neighbors notice the change and compliment the work. Driving up to it feels better since the house looks so much better…I’d absolutely recommend PCB.
M. Melendez, Exterior renovations
I had a small screened porch, about 11′ x 17′, which is a good size for a sun porch. It had six openings with screens, a concrete floor, and the same siding that was on the outside of my house was inside on two of the walls. After Gary came out and looked at it, he made some excellent suggestions. We came up with a tile that really is beautiful and reminds you of hardwood flooring, because some pieces are wider or longer than others. Gary suggested that I put bead board on the ceiling and trimmed it with crown molding. It looks very rich the way he finished it. It really is a nice room. When people come in they say it looks beautiful; and I can see it from my kitchen and living room. He really created a beautiful room for me.
Donna George, Converted screened porch to sunroom
It has been 8 months since you finished our fantastic sunroom that we really enjoy daily. You made it so comfortable and convenient. Every detail complements our life style. The room is perfect. From the beginning of the project to the end you made our experience with Palmer Custom Builders and every member of your crew very easy and pleasant. Our sunroom is the envy of the neighborhood. Just the other day a visitor could not believe the sun room was an addition. Your design, which included much more than we expected, fits right in with the style of our original house.
Bob Janet, New sunroom and deck addition
We were so satisfied with Gary’s work on our kitchen remodel, we knew we could trust him with a large renovation project. We’ve been very happy with the quality of work and the attention to detail.
Tate, Dramatic addition, See photos of this project
The first job Palmer Custom Builders did for me was finishing off my bonus room. That was six years ago. One year after that, they built a roof over my back patio, and then two years ago I had them add another full bath upstairs. Now they are building my new house.
Sharon Dye, Existing home renovations, repairs and new custom home