A southern exposure makes an especially nice location, as it cuts down the heat of the afternoon sun. Notice the trees and plants around your lanai space ‒ will they interfere with construction, or will your lanai destroy colorful plantings?
Adding a lanai will also affect the interior of your home. You’ll want to avoid blocking windows that let in sunlight and cooling breezes, and especially steer clear of interfering with beautiful views into the outdoors.
Choose materials that complement the rest of your home. Whenever possible, go with natural floor coverings ‒ wood, bamboo, and stone are all great choices. A wood ceiling is a spectacular touch as well. Make sure, though, that your lanai’s roof is pitched enough to afford good drainage in our frequent cloudbursts.
Building your lanai
As much fun as you’ll have planning your lanai, prepare yourself for some complications when you’re ready to build. This is not to say that the building process itself is difficult ‒ the problems come when you discover halfway through construction that you needed an array of permits your contractor neglected to tell you about.
It’s no secret that regulations regarding construction permits are tricky and hard to understand. City governments all over the country generate significant revenues from permits and the fines involved in building without them; our government is no exception. That’s why it’s extremely important to do some thorough research yourself, and hire a trustworthy, knowledgeable design build contractor like Atlas Construction.
We’d like to point out (modestly, of course) that the Star Advertiser named us Hawaii’s Best Contractor for 2013. If that’s not recommendation enough, ask our many happy clients. We’re ready ‒ and qualified ‒ to build a lanai that gives you years of pleasure.