Last spring a Libertyville home owner contacted us about a new screen porch project. When we met I shared the news that in the Village of Libertyville, IL any attached roofed structure requires a full foundation. The cost of a full foundation is a significant increase over a standard construction for a screen porch. The Building codes and most communities in Illinois do not require such an extreme foundation. The homeowner’s functional priority was a screened area for 4-6 people to dine in. She also wanted deck space that fit the house and offered room for another table as well as a grilling area. We designed and built a large main deck with a wide stair transition to a lower deck.
The lower deck held a new 14′ screened gazebo. A 14’ gazebo is a good size for a 6 person table. By building a screened gazebo we avoided the full foundation requirements and the costs involved with such an upgrade. Also, we matched her aesthetic priorities for the gazebo with a kit manufactured by Berlin Gardens Gazebo’s. By utilizing a kit instead of building the gazebo from scratch we saved the client additional costs as well as significant time in the construction process.
This project is a great example of the solutions that Archadeck provides its clients based upon their priorities, including meeting a budget.