Almost every family home can benefit from a little more space. This can be accomplished by adding on to your home. However, adding onto your home with a traditional extension or bump-out can become expensive. A more affordable option is all season sunroom, which is quickly gaining in popularity as an alternative to traditional stick-built additions. Cost considerations aside, a sunroom can give you the additional living space you want without skimping on comfort. And you get the added benefit of bridging your home’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Here are a few things you need to know about sunrooms.
What is a Sunroom and What Can it Be Used For?
Also known as Florida rooms, solariums, patio rooms, or outdoor enclosures, sunrooms are structures which are surrounded with glass and feature screened openings to allow fresh air in when desired. A sunroom can be used for multiple solutions for living space in your Columbus, Ohio home. It can be used as a bedroom, dining room, craft room, or space for entertaining with friends and family. Because it is insulated and capable of preserving humidity levels, it can be ideal for use as a greenhouse for year-round growing.
When you add a sunroom to your home, you can enjoy the beauty of outdoors without having to deal with bugs, harmful UV rays, or rain. During the winter, enjoying the sunlight that naturally warms your sunroom can be just what is needed to pull you out of the winter doldrums.
What Goes into Building a Sunroom?
There are various aspects to consider if you are choosing to have an all season sunroom added to your Columbus, Ohio home. Most important is you are going to need to know how big of a room you want to have and how much you want devoted to glass. Sunrooms have a considerable amount of wall space devoted to glass windows, sometimes up to 80 percent.
Depending on building codes, heating and cooling or electrical service may not be required for a sunroom. But you could choose to have electricity or your home’s HVAC system extended to your sunroom. Supplemental heating and cooling is also an installation option.
There are several options for flooring sunrooms to consider; each has its own pros and cons. For example:
- A concrete or tile floor is durable, low-maintenance and because it absorbs heat, helps save money on heating costs during the winter.
- Carpeting can add a cozy feel to your sunroom, but it could fade after a few years due to continual sun exposure. It will also require frequent cleaning if the sunroom is attached to a high-traffic area.
- Hardwood or laminate can give your sunroom an elegant, warm look, but do not absorb heat like concrete or tile.
How Can You Decorate Your Sunroom?
You will have unlimited choices when it comes to decorating your sunroom. Knowing what you want to use your sunroom for will help guide you in selecting a décor. Because of the sunny nature of a sunroom, it is only natural to choose bright décor, not just for the look but also comfort since lighter colors will not absorb heat as much as darker colors.
Some furniture choices to consider for your sunroom include:
- Comfortable seating, such as sofas, chairs, or daybed. They should be upholstered with sun-resistant fabrics.
- Furniture made from natural materials like wicker or wood to complement the airy feel of the room.
- Potting benches, colorful planters, and plants when used for indoor gardening.
- Curtains, shades, and vertical blinds are ideal for privacy and controlling light.
What Goes into Determining the Cost of a Sunroom?
The cost of adding a sunroom to your home will vary according to the options and size you choose. To get the most use out of your sunroom year-round, an all-season is the best choice.
The beauty and flexibility of an all-season sunroom will add to the value of your home. An all-season sunroom is built with insulating materials, including double or triple-panel glass similar to what is used to make energy-efficient replacement windows. It can be heated and cooled so it can be used 365 days a year.
Installing a sunroom is not a DIY project. A sunroom is heavier than a typical patio and requires a foundation. The structure of a sunroom and its installation must comply with local building and permit requirements. It is important to work with an experienced contractor to ensure successful installation and prevent future problems with your sunroom.
JSB Home Solutions in the Columbus area is certified with Betterliving, a trusted sunroom manufacturer. We’ll work with you from design to finish to accomplish your goals for your home’s all-season sunroom installation. Contact us today for more information!
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