How Much Does it Cost to Enclose a Porch?
Enclosing a porch can be an exciting project for someone who wishes to add rooms and more indoor space into their home. Kitchen extensions, family rooms, and home offices are just a few of the things that can be made by enclosing a porch, whether in the back, front or side of the home. If you plan to enclose your porch, you must take into consideration many things. This can be a big project, so many people are afraid to actually go through with it. There are many factors that need to be considered before beginning the project, so make sure you do ample research and get a plan in place.
How much does it cost?
- The cost to enclose a porch depends on things such as the size, the materials used, the design, and the company you hire to complete the job. However, PreviewConstruction.com estimates that the job will cost anywhere from $5,500 to 15,000.
- If you want to enclose your porch as a sun room, you may need to prepare the site for excavation. According to ReliableRemodeler.com, you will likely spend $1,500 and $3,500 for excavating the site and pouring a new cement slab. The exact cost will depend on the complexity of the job. In addition, the windows will add to the overall cost. Vinyl framed windows (4X6 ft), in particular, might cost you anywhere from $350 and $650 per piece.
- The cost for the insulation also varies with how much is required and the insulation method you choose. However, it usually runs between $750 and $2,000.
- In the end, plan on budgeting at least $5,000 to $20,000 for a sturdy enclosed porch that extends from the back or side of the home.
What is going to be included?
- Enclosing a porch can be a stressful project if you are not familiar of the things you need to do. The process includes getting quotes from different companies that specialize in construction. Before you do so, you must have a clear picture of what your porch is going to be like. To hire the perfect contractors, it is highly recommended you use services such as HomeAdvisor.com to find quotes in your area.
- You also need to insulate the walls and ceilings depending on the structure of the room. Regardless of the design, the windows to be placed must be energy efficient. Also, these windows must complement the existing designs of windows at home.
- Once everything is constructed properly, the installation of plumbing system will follow. This is a crucial part of the process, most especially if the location of the porch is complex enough for the connection of the plumbing system at home. While optional, if you do plan on hooking up a faucet or something that requires a plumbing hookup, do not forget to factor this cost in.
- The installation of electrical wiring and fixtures will be the next thing to be taken into consideration. In order to avoid costly revisions in the future, you need to install electric lines in the necessary places in the porch.
- Interior finishing of the enclosed porch will then conclude the project. You can do this by using drywall construction, millwork, and your choice of floor patterns. Basically, all these depend on what your vision of the completed project.
What are the extra costs?
- Labor. If you opt for professional contractors to do the construction, expect to pay extra thousands of dollars. According to a forum thread on the website StarQuestClub.com, many users agreed that the labor costs can amount to almost $2,000.
- Carpentry work. Carpentry work will usually average around $40 to $70 per hour.
- Electrician work. Regardless of the type of room you are adding, you will most likely need to have functional electricity in it. Expect to pay $65 to $85 an hour for electrician work.
- Painting jobs. If you wish to paint the walls and roof of your newly constructed porch (which is recommended), hiring a painter would cost you money as well. Most of the painters’ hourly rate can be around $25 to $35.
Factors that influence the price:
- The size of the porch
- Kinds of materials to be used
- Type of roofing
- Type of siding
- Number of doors, windows and substantial coverings to be included.
Tips to know:
- When enclosing a porch, it may be hard to match it to the rest of the house perfectly. However, if you carefully take design into consideration you will surely enhance the beauty of your house rather than take away from it.
- Always research and analyze the costs of the materials, labors and other essential inclusions before you sign up for any contractor. Like a home, an enclosed porch can vary in design, sizes and styles.
- If you work with a contractor, it will be very helpful if he has some material costs available so that you can select products needed for the project.
- Do not compromise your family’s needs just for designs. After all, the porch enclosing is done for more important reasons and not just to add beauty to your house.
How can I save money?
- Always compare quotes and estimates from different companies. By comparing, you will know the average costs for enclosing a porch.
- If you can do the labor jobs on your own (or with the help of your family members), you would really save some cash. If you are adept at carpentry, painting and some electrical jobs, you can surely save a great deal of money.
- Consider going with a bare bones porch. Try to avoid hooking up outlets, adding plumbing or light fixtures. By doing the most basic job necessary, the costs can be kept relatively low.