Adding a sunroom to your home can give you an “outdoor” entertaining experience with the benefits of an enclosed porch. It can bring more natural light into your home creating a warm comfort. If you live in a single-family home, adding a sunroom is often easy. However, if you live in a condo or townhouse, can you still add a sunroom? What if you’d like to build it over an existing patio or deck?
The short answer is… it depends. Let’s take a look at what you need to keep in mind when adding a sunroom to your townhouse or condo or over an existing structure.
1. On a Townhouse
When it comes to adding a sunroom to your townhouse, it’s basically location-specific. How your townhouse sits in relation to other owners is the key. Keep in mind your shared walls and HOA. Your neighbor or associate may need to approve any project, especially if it blocks light or could encroach on property lines. A professional contractor can help you to determine the feasibility of adding a sunroom to your townhouse.
2. On a Condo
Like a townhouse, when adding a sunroom to your condo you’ll need to not only meet building codes, you’ll also need to get approval from your neighbors and the condo board or HOA. Before you start, make sure you understand your association’s bylaws. For example, you may be allowed to add a sunroom, but may need to finish it with a certain material or color to meet the HOA requirements.
3. Over An Existing Deck or Patio
Adding a sunroom to a single-family home is less of a challenge. You can add a sunroom to an existing deck, although a pre-fabricated model is probably a better choice than a stick-built sunroom. As for adding a sunroom on a solid foundation like a patio, the answer is often no. While there are sometimes instances where it’s possible, check your local building codes before you build on an existing patio.
The best solution before starting any type of project is to speak with a professional contractor. If you live in the greater Columbus area, contact the experts at JSB Home Solutions. We can answer any questions you might have and are known for offering “SMART Solutions for Quality Living.”