At Georgia Front Porch, we pride ourselves on our porch and portico designs. With over 10 years experience specializing exclusively as a front porch remodeler, we’ve become the #1 porch builder in north metro Atlanta. How? It starts with our custom design renderings which help customers make confident, informed decisions. Gary Zielinski, our curb appeal expert, gives you a behind-the-scenes peek into how our company renders front porch designs…
Q: Do you always provide options for both porch and portico customers using photos of their own homes?
A: Yes, in most cases we do because we think it is essential for our customers to see how the new porch or portico blends in with their home’s design. The images we provide work very well for obtaining HOA approval for the addition. Occasionally, a customer will see a portico on our website that looks very much like their own home’s design so they don’t need the photos.
Q: Do you always ask for a meeting (versus email requests) prior to serving up options?
A: A meeting isn’t required but we highly recommend one so we can discuss needs, budget, initial options and more. It also gives the homeowner an opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts. But, a meeting isn’t always necessary. If both homeowners work during the day, I can drop by, take measurements and shoot a few images of their home for photo renderings.
Q: Do you ask the homeowners to take a photo or do you do that?
A: We usually shoot the photos but sometimes customers will email us their own photos, especially if they are a little outside of our area, for example, Acworth, which is about 30 miles away from us.
Q: How long does this take to turn around renderings? Any cost to homeowner?
A: Photo renderings typically take one-to-two business days after we have an image. We provide two-to-three different options for a cost of $100 which will come off the final invoice if we are awarded the project.
Q: Do you think renderings provide a competitive advantage for GFP? What do people say when they decide to choose Georgia Front Porch?
A: Yes, we really believe it does because very few builders provide photo renderings. Our customers often make very positive comments about the renderings because they find them extremely helpful in deciding on the best size, design style and features for their porch or portico. For example, it helps them see the differences between a gable or flat roof in relationship to their home or what a portico might look like as an extension of their front entrance.
Q: Should our customers expect a front view only?
A: Yes, our customers only see a front-on view, but that is sufficient for these types of projects. We generally provide two-to-three options so they can make an informed decision.
Q: What’s the biggest surprise for homeowners when they see the rendering? What specific areas do they respond to most favorably (e.g.: roofline, architectural details like columns, etc.)?
A: A lot of times, the roofline is the first thing they notice. For example, after they view different options, they might say, “I love the top railing – it really adds a lot of curb appeal,“ or, “I don’t want a flat roof – it doesn’t do anything for me,” or “Now that I see it, it looks a little small. Can we make the portico wider?”
Here’s an interesting story. Recently, a homeowner asked if I could take a photo of a neighbor’s portico that she really loved and wanted for her own home. She asked if I could make a rendering with the portico over her home’s front facade. I created the rendering and sent it to her. Her response? “Now that I see it, I hate that portico on my home. Wow, you saved me from making a big mistake!” Yes, our renderings can be quite helpful.
I also wanted to share with our readers that if they know anyone out of state who is looking to upgrade their curb appeal, they can go to this link and arrange for a rendering. It’s a small investment to help ensure they get what they want from a local resource!
If you’re looking for an experienced front porch contractor who will give your home the makeover it deserves, contact Gary Zielinski for a free, no-hassle design consultation at 770-781-8234 today.