Tip Sheet from Venetian Builders, Inc., President Chris Noe: Small Screen Rooms and Sunrooms Serve as Entries, Mudrooms, Personal Retreats

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They may not be what people have in mind as holiday gifts, but screen rooms and sunrooms can come in small packages, says Venetian Builders, Inc., President Chris Noe. Well, maybe not that small, but miniature versions serve as covered entries, mudrooms and tiny hideaways from the pressures of everyday life, Noe says.

A patio cover from Venetian Builders, Inc., Miami, serves as a small retreat and screened entry to a home.

People often think of aluminum sun rooms as living and dining rooms, and as family rooms, recreation areas and media centers. But those major additions aren’t the only cases where a sunroom works.

South Florida homeowners are turning to aluminum sunroom additions and screen rooms as covered entryways, mudrooms and personal-sized retreats, says Chris Noe, president of Venetian Builders, Inc., Miami.

“Aluminum framing with insulated walls and screening or windows can adapt to a wide range of uses,” Noe says. “Because of the high technology of the framing systems, the savings in labor, and the low material costs, aluminum additions perform well in smaller applications, not just in bigger projects.”

Venetian installs Florida rooms, patio covers and screen swimming pool enclosures throughout South Florida, including West Palm Beach, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miramar, Homestead and the Keys. It also installs retractable canvas awnings and aluminum pergola for shade, and aluminum privacy lattice.

“There’s versatility to aluminum framing,” Noe says. “We can order insulated roof panels that carry power to fans and lights in varying sizes. Wall panels can have outlets, too."

“Windows can be fixed or operating, and they can be glass or acrylic and made to size.”

All those variables make aluminum additions applicable to more than just traditional uses, Noe said. “People often think of aluminum sun rooms as living and dining rooms, and as family rooms, recreation areas and media centers,” Noe said. “But those major additions aren’t the only cases where a sunroom works.”

He gives these tips to homeowners in need of smaller improvements:

Entryways: “There are pockets in South Florida where screen-enclosed entries are popular,” Noe said. “West Palm Beach is a good example. Aluminum framing is perfect for this. The addition or, in some cases, the insert in a roofed entry can be made to complement the architecture of the home. Doors can be single or double, and high-end models that are piano-hinged are sturdy and quite attractive.”

Mudrooms: “People who spend time in the garden know just how valuable a mud room can be,” Noe said. “So do owners of a home along the beach, where the room works more to keep sand rather than mud out of the house.” A cozy mudroom may have enough space for hanging hats and storing shoes that are worn into the garden or to the shore, and it likely will have glass to let in ample light, Noe said.

Personal retreats: “People err when they think that sun rooms and screen patio covers need to be major undertakings,” Noe said. “We have homeowners who’ve asked us to provide a more personal space, maybe something that overlooks the backyard or a pond – a space maybe two or four people would enjoy. Or it might connect the main house and a driveway. If you want to enjoy the evenings outdoors, maybe with a light on for reading, screens are a must. That same spot will be more comfortable in sunlight, too, especially if it’s not heavily shaded without a roof.”

Venetian estimates are free and detailed. The company provides no-cost consultations in the customer’s home, with curbside access to the Venetian mobile showroom.

For more information call 866-596-2427.

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