Completed covered patio by Strite Design in Boise, Idaho
Patio Remodel

For those who enjoy patio living, Boise can present some seasonal challenges — especially for those used to more temperate climes.  Thanks to a patio roof addition, however, a Treasure Valley couple was able to enjoy life in the great outdoors.


Our clients had kept a second home in Mexico, but eventually decided to sell it and live full time in Boise.  They had become used to spending time outdoors on their patio, however, and wanted to continue that lifestyle in the City of Trees.


Although their Boise home had a patio area, it offered very little protection from the elements — a particular problem during the extremes of summer and winter.  While they could have opted for a folding arm awnings or umbrellas, we wanted to give them a more weather resistant, and permanent, option.


Since we had already remodeled the kitchen and bathroom in their home, our clients had us build a roof over their patio, which we extended as well.  We installed two skylights to take maximum advantage of natural light, and even added a TV cable hookup to help transform the space into an “outdoor living room.”


Tying the roofline of the covered patio into the existing roofline of the home was tricky, but the result was that the new addition looked as though it had always been a part of the home.  To compensate for the fact that the patio roof would block sunlight to the rear of the home, we added another skylight deep inside.  This actually brought more light to the home than it had before the addition.  Viva la vida fresca!

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From Qualified Remodeler:’s U.S. Homeowner Sentiment Report for Spring 2011 reveals that homeowners who are interested in remodeling or expanding their homes have limited options. Of the 5,000 homeowners surveyed, today the average amount of home equity is $106,000 compared to $176,000 in 2009. This trimmed equity is partly due to a reduction in the average home value from $302,000 to $281,000.

If a homeowner moves, the report showed that the new home that meets their needs will cost, on average, $428,000. This is $145,000 more than what they could sell their current home for. On the other hand, the remodel cost estimate is approximately $100,000 to make similar improvements to their existing home. “To remodel or move has always been a difficult decision for homeowners,” says Dan Fritschen, founder “This most recent survey reaffirms that both options could cost the homeowner more than $100,000. The calculator on our site can help homeowners to quickly gather information on renovating and moving and then make a recommendation which is best for an individual’s situation.” Fritschen adds that anyone who is considering a move or remodel should work with a real estate agent who can give them three key data points: an accurate estimate of their home’s value, the amount their home could appreciate as the result of a remodel and the price of a different home that would meet their needs.

So, what changes do homeowners want to make if they remodel or move? The Spring 2011 report includes the following data:

  • 57 percent report that they would like to have at least one additional bathroom;
  • 49 percent would like a kitchen renovation;
  • 46 percent are looking for more bedrooms; and
  • 44 percent would like a bathroom remodel.

While home expansion and renovation is on many people’s minds, the majority in the survey reported that they are very satisfied with local schools, their home’s location and neighborhood.  A detailed report is available here.

Bob Mundy, Strite Design + Remodel in Boise, Idaho

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