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The sunroom was renovated after damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Donna S. of Philadelphia)

Sunrooms and patios

Porches and sunrooms can add space and character to any home. From helping to create a unique look to the many benefits that they offer to the homeowner, these structures have the ability to add visual appeal and extra living space to any home when properly constructed.

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Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvement projects.

Service providers say it’s important to clarify who the decision-makers are early in the process. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Remodeling - General, Remodeling - Kitchen & Bathroom, Remodeling - Sunrooms & Patio Enclosures, Windows

Angie's List members say some companies decline their business when they learn only one spouse will be present for an estimate. Is it sexism or practicality?

Pictures of three types of pavers: Textured pavers, smooth pavers, and tumbled pavers.
Remodeling - Sunrooms & Patio Enclosures, Landscaping - Hardscaping & Pavers

Choose the perfect pavers for your patio with these inside tips. Learn the difference between paver styles and which one is right for your family’s patio.

Sometimes a nice cover over at least part of your deck can provide much-needed shade on hot days. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Jeffrey H. of Warners, N.Y.)
Decks & Porches, Remodeling - Sunrooms & Patio Enclosures

Both decks and patios increase a home’s outdoor living space and its value. Before embarking on your project, be sure to evaluate your needs by considering your budget, topography and maintenance.

Angie's Answers

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Todd said it best.

An itemized list / cost breakdown, more often than not is used against the contractor when it is shared with other builders who will then beat it.

Good contractors use good people, and good people cost more.  Just the cost of having the appropriate insurance / bond can be the difference between winning a job or losing it ot a 'lower bid'.

It is the rule of three; there is Good, Cheap and Fast.  You can have any two:  Good and Cheap, won't be Fast; Good and Fast, won't be Cheap;  Cheap and Fast, won't be Good!

When comparing bids, it isn't the cheapest or the 'nicest' person you should select.   You should understand why there is a large price difference (it shows there are gaps in your design program or what you have asked for specifically, which means there may be arguments later).  If most of the bids are in line, and one is way high or way low,  you want to know why before dismissing or selecting them.

A price-only decision almost always costs more in the long run. 

Good luck!
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There are two sides to this and everyone will have an opinion.  I can tell you that from a contractor's point of view a customer that is up front with me is much easier to work with and the entire experience is much more pleasurable to all parties involved.  If you treat your contractor like there's always something to hide from him expect the same in return.  A good contractor is going to take your budget into consideration and make recommendations based on that budget.  When possible, he's going to estimate the work 10-20% under your target to leave room for the unexpected.  With any remodeling work, there's always the possibility and likelihood that there will be surprises that will have to be added such as mold damage, improper existing framing, etc.  The cushion allows room for the project cost to grow without going over your budget.  If no problems are found and you decide to spend that money some of the final finishes can be upgraded or other projects added.

Another good arguement for disclosing your budget to your contractor is to save you both some time and aggrevation.  You may have a $10,000 budget and want $30,000 worth of work.  Wouldn't you like to know your desires aren't possible before you get your hopes up or spend money on design fees for plans you can't afford?  Likewise, the contractor doesn't want to put in the hours of calculating the estimate only to find out it was all for nothing or that he has to refigure for a much lower cost after pricing what you specified.

Be fair and honest with your contractor if you expect the same respect in return.  You'll get a lot more out of it with the right contractor.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio, TX
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Herlonginc's answer stated that it is not the contractor's job to pay for materials and labor to do the job. I say baloney - a reputable, established contractor has the funds (or a business operations line of credit) to "carry" the job between interim or partial payments, each of which should be keyed to completion of distinct easily measured mileposts in the job, and for a homeowner I would say should be in not more than 20% increments for jobs exceeding a week or so. For shorter jobs, then an initial payment, 50% completion, and completion would be normal. His cost of carry funds is part of his cost of doing business, and is figured as part of his overhead.Bear in mind when he is buying materials and paying labor, his materials he typically pays for on a 10-30 day invoice, and his labor typically a week or two after they work, so he is not really "fronting" that much money if you are giving him weekly or biweekly interim payments, on a typical residential job.

If he does not have the funds to buy materials (excepting possibly deposit on special-order or luxury items, which still typically are 10-30 day invoiceable to him) and hire personnel then he is a fly-by-night operation, and he should not be bidding that size job. You should never (other than MAYBE an earnest deposit of not more than the LESSER of 10% or $5000) let the payments get ahead of the approved/inspected work progress - typically payment should be 10-20% BEHIND the progress, with at least 10% retained at the effective end of work until final inspections and completion of the final "punchlist".

That promotes rapid continuation of the work, discourages the all-too common nightmare of contractors taking on more work than they can handle so they leave your job for weeks or months to go work on someone else's job (frequently to start that someone else's new job so he can get the job), and does not leave you out a tremendous amount of cash if he does not finish and you have to hire another contractor to finish the job. Remember, if you have to hire a new contractor to finish the job, he will charge you a lot more than the original bid to finish someone else's unfinished mess.

This may seem cynical, but having started in the construction business about 50 years ago and seeing the shenanigans that a lot of contractors pull you cannot be too safe. You have to remember contractors are like any other people - I would say maybe 10% are outright crooks, another 25% or so will pull a fast one or overcharge if the opportunity presents itself, maybe 30% will do the work but not any better than they are forced to, about 25% are good conscientious reputable workmen, and the last 10% or so are really spectacular - conscientious, fair, and efficient craftsmen. This top 35% are the only ones you should have bidding in the first place. Therefore, only get bids from long-term reputable firms (so you shake out the marginal short-timers with less experience and also generally less ability to finish the job on budget and schedule), only those that have good RECENT references, and preferably with excellent word-of-mouth recommendation from people you know and trust. That way, you are starting right off with the cream of the crop, so hopefully whichever one bids low should be a good choice.

NEVER start with bids, then check the references of the low bidder - why even consider a vendor or contractor who you do not have faith in from the start ? Get references and short-list you possibles BEFORE you ask for bids.

Low bids - that is another matter - commonly the low bidder is NOT who you want, especially if he is significantly lower than several others, which might mean he is desperate for work, made a math error, or did not correctly figure the entire scope of work. You want a reasonable bid with someone you connect with and trust - that is worth a lot more in the success of the job than the absolute lowest bid.

 

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You should always get a set of print and pull a permit when remodeling you home. It is a good thing that you want to be involved in your project. I do have some reservation about the electrical work. There is a lot at risk with doing the work yourself. If the house burns down you will never get the insurance money, unless your a certified electrician. Now of days 90% of home fires are blamed on electrical problems because the insurance company is to lazy and cheap to investigate the true problem. Also find out if the city you live in will allow you to perform the work. Make sure you coordinate your subs to have the proper time and space to perform their job. You don't want people working on top of each other. If you order all you materials make sure everything is there before you start your project. Have your subs check for proper and full items to be installed. Make sure every sub has a working set of prints. Make sure you have all the demo done before your subs show up to work. Schedule your plumber first, do any final framing or electrical work while you wait for inspection. Electrical inspection next followed by framing, insulation, and wallboard. All subs must get a final inspection on the job before you (the GC) can call in your final inspection.

All Sunrooms in Dixon, MO

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Affordable Builders LLC

67 Broken Wheel Ranch Rd
Camdenton

All Phase Home Repair

2815 Felix St
Saint Joseph

All-Star Home Renovations

814 Lazy Days Rd.
Osage Beach

Build Pro Carpentry

18325 Rathbun Hills Rd
Pacific

Burnett & Son's Plumbing & Remodeling

151 Cam Mo Drive
Sunrise Beach

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Copperhead Contracting LLC

936 Farrar rd.
Leslie

Crowden Home Improvements LLC

8430 Schumacher Lane
Catawissa

Curt’s Construction Company L.L.C.

141 Bearcreek Rd
Brumley

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Foundation to Roof

403 S. Jenkins Street
Centralia

Freedom Home Crafters

1550 E Rt 66
Lebanon

Hawkeye Windows & Doors, Inc

104 Brookeridge Dr.

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

JUDE MARKWAY CONSTRUCTION CO

4812 WARDSVILLE RD
Jefferson City

KNOERLE HOME SVC

232 Care Free Ln.
Gravois Mills

Mac Company

2911 Beaver Creek Drive
Cape Girardeau

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Mike's Construction

134 Hwy 61 S Ste 4
Hannibal

Missouri Web Bay

32 Durham Drive
Washington

NOAH BUILDERS INC

276 HIGHWAY F
Silex

Randolph Deveolpment

100 N Lafayette St.
Madison

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

ROSS CONSTRUCTION

31668 STATE HIGHWAY C
Bevier

Ruhl and Son Construction & Excavation

110 Alan Drive
Montgomery City

Segers Properties LLC.

7221 Troost Ave.
Kansas City

Semo Painting Company

Route 1 Box 117
Williamsville

Shawn D's General Construction

19 Surrey Hills
Hannibal

Show-Me Tile

3526 Prescott Ln.
Columbia

Spillman Contracting

5107 Hatteras Dr
Columbia

Stable Homes, LLC

20375 Stagecoach Rd
Waynesville

Stokes Dock Co., Inc.

3797 Osage Beach Pkwy
Osage Beach

SW Sun Control

6429 N Oracle Rd

T&L Design and Construction

296 Cedar St
Camdenton

Terbrock Remodeling & Construction

200 Cuivre Point Ln
Moscow Mills

TreadStone Exteriors

383 DeerTrail Dr
Roach

TRI STATE ROOFING & GENERAL

1607 BIRD ST
Hannibal

V & K Construction

Mt. Sterling

W & W Services Co LLC

32766 Waverly St
La Grange

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Warner Construction

12759 Hwy 28
Dixon
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