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Expert Advice on Patios, Decks and Porches: An Interview with Lora Lee Ortiz of Sharp Industries, LLC

By Lora Lee Ortiz

Tell us a little bit about your experience, company history and the services you offer.

Sharp Industries LLC is a full-service construction company servicing Albuquerque, New Mexico and the surrounding communities. We build custom homes that fit our customers' needs. We also specialize in residential remodeling. More specifically, we focus on providing exactly what homeowners want to enhance their quality of life at home. Our mission is to provide you with the best experience in home building delivering exceptional home designs, features and value in a caring and professional manner. We have provided services in the central New Mexico community for over 20 years.

Can you briefly explain the differences between a patio, deck and porch?

A porch is attached to some part of the entrance to a house. It is attached to the structure and has a covered roof. It can be open or enclosed. A patio may or may not be attached to the structure. It is considered an outdoor living area and may or may not have an overhead covering such as a roof or pergola. A deck is an outdoor flat area above ground, often elevated and constructed of planks of redwood, teak or other composite material that can be exposed to the elements. It rarely has overhead covering and often has railing.

Is there anything homeowners should do before they meet with a contractor about building one of those?

Homeowners may want to consider for what purpose(s) they plan to use their new construction, and how large of an area they desire, along with their budget. They can benefit by gathering pictures of things they like in similar projects, as visuals help assure the contractor and the homeowner understand the outcomes desired.

What are some of the most popular design features that homeowners in central New Mexico are asking for in a new patio, deck or porch?

Popular requests are:

  • rounded or designed posts with corbels
  • tongue and groove ceiling with recessed lighting
  • ventilation for BBQ grill
  • brick flooring
  • colored and/or stamped concrete
  • arches for design intrigue
  • stucco finishes
  • outdoor living/kitchen areas
  • screened in porches to reduce pests
  • What are the main things that influence what can or can't be built?

    The desires of the homeowner, the space available, the budget and landscaping/terrain.

    What advice would you give homeowners about maintenance to help avoid repairs and prolong the life of their new outdoor addition?

    Take into consideration the purposes for planned use and expectations of the homeowner. For example, if the homeowner plans to place or install a BBQ grill on a covered porch or patio, ventilation must be taken into consideration. Additional venting may be needed to assure efficient smoke extraction. Know the climate and choose products that require less maintenance or maintenance that the homeowner is willing to invest time and effort later. Choose materials that have long wearing potential, maintain per the manufacturers specs and contractor's recommendations

    What's the best way for people to get in contact with you and your company?

    Email Steve at or call 505-453-8807. Email Alan at or call 505-238-6088.

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