From start to finish, we handle all of the details! When your patio project is complete, you will have a brand new patio that can add value to your home! Here is a step-by-step approach to ensure a smooth project throughout the construction process, resulting in a beautiful and very well-built structure:
We will come out to your house to discuss your ideas and offer a few solutions to achieve your outdoor living-space goals. You will select your finishes, such as brick or stone columns, tongue and groove ceilings, paint and/or stain colors, light fixtures/ceiling fans, concrete finishes, and address any concerns you may have about the project. We will also discuss which type of roof system will work well with your home, whether it be an open or closed gable, a hip-style roof, a shed roof, or some combination of all three.
Once we have a clear idea of what the design will look like, we will give you a FREE ESTIMATE for your review. If you are agreeable to the terms, we will sign a construction agreement and ask you for a copy of your survey of the property that you received when you closed on your home. We will use this to assist with obtaining approval from your HOA. If necessary, we will have our in-house designer or a third party architect submit any applicable drawings that the HOA requires to approve your project. HOA’s typically take a few weeks to get back with us with an approval letter to start construction.
After we receive the approval, we will have a pre-construction meeting with you and the construction manager. In this meeting we will go over the details of the project to ensure that we are all on the same page before we schedule the start date. We will discuss scheduling and logistics as well as things like colors, finishes, and selections and then set a date to begin work!
Once we have scheduled a start date, we will order materials and have them delivered to your home and have the framers begin the demolition work, such as removing the eves to expose the framing of your home where we will tie in the structural components of your new patio. We will also begin digging the structural concrete footings to support the columns and structural beams. The footings are a dug a few feet underground and we tie in rebar for added strength. We use 5000-psi concrete, with rebar, to give your structure a solid foundation that meets or exceeds windstorm specifications.
Roofing and Electrical
Once the frame is built we will have our roofing experts install the shingles. Also around that time, we will have our electrician meet with you discuss the exact locations of your fixtures and switches. We then begin installing the wiring and the recessed can lights, ceiling fans, and outlets/switches. Typically, the only two days that you actually need to be home are the days that our electrician is installing the switches, and also so that we have access to your main electric panel.
Cover-up and Painting
After the electrical is “roughed-in” (all wires are ran and all fixture locations are placed), we start the cover-up phase. This is when we install the ceilings, which will be a James Hardie fiber cement board ceiling or a tongue-and-groove plank ceiling (painted OR stained). Once the “cover-up” is completed (all exposed framing is wrapped with the exterior finish), we will have our painting professionals come out and paint the patio to match your existing home, or you can customize your paint colors and paint scheme to whatever fits your style.
Stamped Concrete and Masonry
When the painting is complete, we move on to the concrete and masonry phase of construction. This is when we pour the concrete, which you have many options to choose from, such as stamped concrete, stamped overlay, spray deck, stain or broom finish. If you decided to go with brick or stone columns, once the concrete cures we begin the masonry work. If there is to be an outdoor kitchen, we begin building it at this time as well. You have the option of using natural stone, manufactured stone or brick for your columns, OR we can use round columns, decorative columns, or hardie-wrapped columns. Most of the time we are able to match brick and stone that may already be installed on your house somewhere, or something that complements your existing brick or stone.
The Final Touches