How to Plan the Perfect Sun Room Addition

By on April 26, 2018

More and more homeowners are choosing to invest time and money into remodeling their homes. In fact, the HomeAdvisor’s 2017 True Cost Survey showed homeowners spent almost 60% more on home remodeling projects in 2017 than they did in 2016. And one of the most popular projects? Sun rooms. Sun rooms are a great addition to any home, and this article is going to discuss a few tips to help you plan the perfect sun room for your home.

Determine location: The location of sun rooms can vary depending on the current housing structure. However, your sun room or screened in porch should have convenient access from your home. Many homeowners choose to have their sun room off of their kitchen or living room to allow for quick access from a central location. Additionally, you should consider what you plan to use the sun room for, as this may impact where it should be located. And lastly, you should think about where the sun rises and sets to make sure your new sun room will actually get sunlight.

Consider your home’s architecture: If your sun room is going to connect directly to your home, it’s important to think about how it will look and be used in ways that complement your existing home. For example, if your home has metal roofing, your new sun room should have metal roofing as well. Ensuring the design of your sun room complements the design of your home is key to making it look less like an addition and more like part of the existing structure. While it’s okay to add some new features and design elements to sun rooms, they should match the rest of the house as well for aesthetic purposes.

Choose windows and doors carefully: The type and number of windows and doors a sun room has is one of the major aspects that sets this type of addition apart from other additions. Sun rooms are designed to let the light in so homeowners can enjoy the outdoor elements without having to deal with the downsides, like bugs and too much heat. Because of this, homeowners need to consider their intended use for the room when choosing windows and doors. Glass will allow for maximum sunlight exposure and give homeowners a view of their outdoor area, but there should also be screens so there’s the option to let in the outside air. Additionally, thermal paned windows and doors should be considered for those rooms that will be used all year long to keep in the heat.

Sun rooms can be used all year long to allow homeowners to enjoy the outdoors, even when the weather is unfavorable. So if you’re planning a sun room addition, remember these few tips to get a sun room you and your family will love.

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