New to the Fishers area, these homeowners moved into their spec house in November of 2011 with the intention of adding on. “We are outdoor people, and our old house had 4-season room,” said the homeowner. “We lived in it when we were there, so we wanted to build one on this house.” The homeowners also wanted a large, multi-level deck attached to the addition, with a pergola at the outdoor entrance.
Design Phase: The homeowners knew how they wanted to use the addition space, which led the design plans. One homeowner is an avid reader, so she needed lots of light and a comfortable place to sit. The other homeowner is a cigar aficionado, so he needed a state-of-the art exhaust system in the space. “We had a commercial grade fan put in for the cigar smoke,” said the homeowner. “ It is whisper quiet, and draws the smoke out immediately so it does not bother my wife.”
Our designer and the homeowners worked together to complete the final design. According to the homeowner, “The designer came up with idea to clip the corners so the room was not just a rectangle. I came up with the idea of the ceiling beams. As we were trying to replicate the look of our last home, we added the bead board and plank ceiling. The final design was exactly what we were looking for.”
Construction: The foundations for the 4-season room and deck were built on 4”x4”piers anchored in concrete piers with 300psi concrete. 2” x 12” beams were installed from pier to pier to support the structures. Each pier was approximately 18” in diameter and set 36” deep below final grade per code.
The 4-season addition floor was built to match the height of the existing structure. R-15 insulation, Jeld-Wen windows, Anderson doors and a 7000 BTU Amana wall PTAC unit ensured that the room would be comfortable in all seasons. Special attention was paid to the exterior finishes such as trim and paint color so the new structure would blend well with the original.
The main level of the exterior deck was built 24” below the finished floor of the addition, and the second level of the deck was 31” below. 5/4 treated wood decking with hidden fasteners was installed parallel to the house walls. The treated wood hand-rails were 36” high with powder coated aluminum balusters in black. The pergola was built out of treated lumber.
Finishes: The four-season addition was meant to look like an extension of the interior of the home. Maple, black-painted cabinets were installed in the wet bar area, with a solid surface countertop in Tempest. The ceramic floor tiles are in a Warm Pewter color.
According to the homeowner, “Our favorite part is the eastern exposure. The light in the morning is so serene. I love the deck and my wife loves the porch.” This outdoor living project gave the homeowners another way to enjoy their beautiful yard all year long.