One of the many joys of having a sunroom is it allows you to enjoy the great outdoors without having to deal with rain, cold wind, and other variants Mother Nature offers. Before you hire a qualified contractor and get started in your new sunroom, it’s important to ask yourself the following questions.
1. What purpose will your sunroom serve?
Deciding how you plan to use the sunroom is important, and there are many ways you can use the space:
- Will it be a gathering space for friends and family? Many homeowners use their sunroom to unwind and relax while enjoying the company of others.
- A sunroom may serve as a “nook” for people to enjoy their morning coffee.
- Will it be a space where you can also do your work while enjoying the outdoors?
- Another factor to consider when deciding where to place your sunroom is privacy. How much privacy do you need?
There are many other ways to utilize a sunroom, from using it as a space to grow plants, to exercise, or even a place to enjoy meals.
2. Where do you have the space to add a sunroom?
Deciding where to build your sunroom depends on many things, including how big it is. You have to calculate the amount of outdoor space you’re willing to sacrifice, as well as how it fits your unique lifestyle.
Most people want a sunroom which provides the best view possible. If your views are limited, you can always create one through landscaping.
If space is limited, another idea is to replace your backyard patio or deck with a sunroom.
3. Where to place a sunroom
Adding a sunroom depends on where you have space, but something else to consider is the direction the room faces.
- Many people choose a southern exposure for their sunroom, but doing so in the south or other warm climates may require extra cooling. An east-facing room is ideal for southern climates because it provides a good balance of sun and shade.
- A room in a northern climate needs enough southern exposure to provide sufficient warmth and light. A room with western exposure works well for a northern climate because it provides maximum sunlight throughout the day.
- An eastern exposure provides sun in the morning and shade the rest of the day.