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Old 03-10-2019, 03:39 PM
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Have you who have enclosed your lanai kept the same outdoor furniture? Or did you use more indoor type furniture? Did you hang insulated curtains? What one thing you did, that you are really pleased with in your new space???
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Old 03-10-2019, 03:48 PM
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I kept the same patio furniture. I don't think regular in house furniture would look right in a Lanai. But that,s just my opinion.
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Old 03-10-2019, 05:06 PM
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Depends on the enclosure....since we tiled the floor to match, have a knee wall (wired with outlets), sliding windows, sliding doors to the birdcage the room actually becomes a room, not a lanai in the true sense of the word. Therefore, we furnished with furniture though more in line with a casual, Florida colors, feel.
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Old 03-11-2019, 08:26 AM
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Different counties have different rules. They can change, even if you talk to someone who was well versed in their county rules when they enclosed. So call your county. (Marion is especially strict, but all have strict rules).

It is important to go with high quality windows - triple glazed to keep out heat from the sun - you will not be able to add air-conditioning to your lanai without either high cost, or increasing your taxes, or both. On the other hand, its possible a very large lanai will need air. (Mine is only about 100 square feet). Your contractor can advise you. My heat and air bills barely changed when I opened up this area (sliding doors stay open at all times).

I used Chill Outback and was thrilled with the work and service. The price was great for the very good quality I got. The Chill Outback design person (no extra charge) planned some very beautiful windows, and not the typical 3-4 foot wide windows you see on most lanais. I have a nice pond behind my home and want to enjoy the view. But if you do not want picture windows, they can do the standard width for a lower price. They cater to what you want.

Why enclose? I find outdoor temperatures unpleasant at least 9 months of the year (too hot, too cold) and I want to enjoy the lovely space with lots of light from windows year-round. I have a patio and can put of screens, etc. if I ever want to (but I do not). Also, dirt comes through the screens, so there is constant cleaning of the "screened-in porch" (old Florida term for this room when I grew up here).
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Old 03-11-2019, 09:52 AM
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When the original HVAC is installed, it is based on the square footage of the house. To think that this unit will take care of a now enclosed lanai is not reasonable. It might cool and heat the enclosed lanai, but the HVAC unit will be overworking.
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:29 AM
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To be able to enjoy the space year round and to keep the rain and dirt out. We love ours enclosed because we enjoy sitting out there quite a lot and still feeling that we are out in the good old outdoors.
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Old 03-11-2019, 02:20 PM
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The different counties have different rules for what constitutes a taxable area. That said, I have had two homes here and have enclosed both lanais. I have just finished enclosing this one and it is fantastic. I used simple sliding windows completely around it, with a hip wall. A full glass door allows access to the outside patio. I added electrical receptacles under the windows to allow for more access to electric power. I covered the floor and walls to make it appear as an interior room. I also installed a split AC unit for climate control. My wife can use it as a place where the neighborhood ladies can play cards. I use it every morning to enjoy the climate controlled area to view our landscaping and plan modifications or additions to the rear garden. I also like to sit out there and read. On cool mornings I open the windows to allow cool, fresh air inside. Some folks use the area for hobbies, such as painting. It is a nice retreat for a bit of privacy if the spouse is watching a TV program that you are not interested in, or visa versa.
Some counties say that if you use glass windows, you have to pay taxes on the space and if you use plastic you don't. Some say that if you have climate control you have to pay. I raised my floor in my other home and was told I was OK as long as I did not remove the slider door to the bedroom. Like someone else said, it is best to get the latest ruling on what constitutes a taxable area. I understand that the criteria has changed recently in Sumter county.
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:11 PM
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Hi do you have a phone number for Chill Outback? I couldn't find it. Thanks
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