I’m excited to share the progress on our under deck project with you all. It’s a little slow going and I’m waiting on the next steps now which will be working with Phantom Screens to get the rest of it finished, but Mark and I have a lot to still figure out too as far as finishing this space off. I shared in this post about our plans and now it’s just a matter of time before it all gets completed. An under deck aluminum ceiling is one of the best investments if you have a deck that’s high enough to be useable underneath. It creates a whole other room and we are so glad we got this done too!
The first step to finishing our under deck room was getting our under deck ceiling installed. We hired pros for this part and I got 3 estimates from companies here in Atlanta who do this sort of thing. I ended up using Armando with All South Rain Solutions and his team did a fantastic job. We could not be happier with it all, so let me share the project with you! This is not sponsored at all, but I’m happy to share their information if you’re in the market for this too. Just check out the website link.
We had a day set up for installation and they actually got here a day early, which was fine with me and then they finished up the next day. The crew set up everything in the backyard and worked at getting it all done. I kept peeking during the day to see the progress.
The wiring was time consuming, so it took most of the day to get all the wiring done and get it ready to install the aluminum panels. The price that we got included 4 can lights and a ceiling fan installation. I also paid extra ($300) to get 4 hooks installed for our new twin swing bed that will come later.
Here’s a look at the can lights as they were going in as well as the swing hooks.
It’s an intricate project to add those swing hooks, but it will be worth it to have a secure space for the new swing bed. They have to make sure it’s all water proofed when it goes in too.
I chose the following colors:
Linen for the ceiling
Wood Beige for the trim.
A look at the progress with the dirty old deck boards still showing, but soon they were all covered up.
They had to install the metal framework for the panels to sit in so that had to go in first and was a bit time consuming because of our angled wall down there. I love how neat it all looks when finished.
Adding the last of the panels in place.
And here’s the finished ceiling! We just love it.
Before the ceiling fan went in.
Here’s a reminder of the before of the under deck.
And now the AFTER! Doesn’t it look so good?! Notice the differences. They added extra wood below the deck boards all the way around and then wrapped them in aluminum. I chose a taupe color that was close to our siding color for the trim pieces and a Linen white for the ceiling. I wanted the ceiling to feel lighter and brighter so I’m glad I went with white. Definitely not stark white, but a pretty creamy white that blends great with our white trim.
You can see the gutter on the left side of the deck which leads to the downspout. That’s how all the water drains out of the ceiling now! This is the coolest system. Water that falls on the deck now collects in the aluminum panels and flows down the gutter to the down spout there on the left. It’s a perfect solution to dry in under a deck!
We absolutely love it and I couldn’t be happier with the colors I chose. It was a little agonizing choosing colors, but I’m thrilled with my choices.
Here’s a closer look at the gutter.
The wrapped wood looks so nice and neat and fits right in the deck.
Here’s how the trim looks, all nice and neat.
We just love it all and now sit down there at night to enjoy the cooler evenings we’ve been having.
I ordered this pretty black outdoor ceiling fan from Amazon, it’s a Hunter. I just wanted something simple and dark and this one does the trick. We didn’t need lights on it.
Here’s the one I bought from Amazon (affiliate link):
The only thing I’ll warn you about is the electrical wiring. We could have hired a separate electrician to come out and fish the wiring through the wall in our basement, but to just get the job done, we let the company do the wiring on the side of the house like you see above. Because he wasn’t a licensed electrician, he had to add a wire housing to the box. He actually changed out our boxes above and below the deck giving us more plug ins and a better box.
He had to pull wires from the top deck, added a new covered electrical box with 4 outlets instead of the 2 we had. And then he went below the deck and wired the fan and can lights on that switch that you see above. We didn’t really mind that part once it was finished. But again, if you don’t want that covered wire cable, you’ll have to hire a licensed electrician to finish it off. I’m going to paint it the same color as the house to help it blend in a bit more.
So that’s how an under deck aluminum ceiling system works. We are completely thrilled with getting the under deck dried in and ready for a real screened porch now. Stay tuned for more! Again, this is going to be a slow project, but we’ll get it done eventually!
All South charged us $2840 total for this job, which I thought was a very fair price. The other estimates I got were more, so I was very happy with this one and the job they did. That included the 4 can lights, wiring and installing the fan too, as well as the 4 hooks for the swing bed (that part was $300). Just wanted to let you know how much something like this costs!