I’ll bet you can’t wait to have the bright suns shining down, warming your bones, right? With all the bitter cold temperatures lately, it may seem like it’s going to be forever before that happens, but hopefully, it’s only a few months or even weeks away.
If you’re thinking about adding a sunroom onto your home, now is the time to start planning for it. You don’t want to waste one day without a beautiful sunroom in which you can relax, read and entertain. If you initiate the process now, you’ll have the sunroom of your dreams by the time the warm spring breezes are here to thaw you out!
Reasons to Build a Sunroom Addition
Let’s first discuss reasons why a sunroom is a great addition to your home. There are many benefits to a sunroom and the space can be used for several purposes. Because of its natural light, just being in a sunroom can brighten anyone’s day! Some possible uses for a sunroom include:
- Home office
- Children’s playroom
- Family room
- Extra entertainment area
- Reading alcove
- Game room
- Year-round plant/herb garden room
- Breakfast nook
Sunrooms can be enjoyed during at least three seasons out of four in the St. Louis area. Typically, sunroom temperatures aren’t controlled by the heating and cooling system within the main home. But adding ceiling fans will keep the breeze blowing in the hotter weather, while a fireplace or free-standing stove can diminish the chill in cooler temperatures.
Of course, you could also opt for a four-season room instead. Closely related to the sunroom, this option is designed to be heated and cooled. As a result, it can be enjoyed year-round in any type of weather, but is more expensive to build and maintain.
What to Consider When Planning Your Sunroom
Before diving in on getting your sunroom addition scheduled, it’s wise to first think about options you will have in its design. Having a detailed plan in place will help you avoid cost overruns and mistakes. There are several factors to consider.
This is a critical aspect of any home addition or improvement. You’ll need to know how much you’re willing and able to spend. Sharing the budget with your selected contractor will also help them determine the scope and extent of your project.
Deciding where the sunroom will be located depends on factors like the direction of the sun and its impact in relation to other rooms of your home. South or southeast locations are best for optimal sunlight. Don’t forget to consider the curb appeal of your home. Make sure the added structure doesn’t compromise the view.
Design and Style
This is probably the most enjoyable aspect of the project for the homeowner, and one that is personalized to your taste. However, there are things you’ll need to keep in mind when selecting furnishings and decorations so that they can withstand the outdoor elements if you don’t have a four season sunroom.
Sunrooms are designed to accommodate several windows and large doors, in order to allow sunlight to easily enter the room. When designing your sunroom addition, consider the placement and design of the windows. For example, do you need double or triple glass panes?
Other important aspects to consider include the flooring, crown molding, lighting, siding, and landscaping.
Select Your Contractor
The most important aspect of sunroom planning is to work with an experienced, reliable contractor who will work with you from start to finish. Online estimates vary widely due to the many options available. You can even buy a sunroom “kit” at a retail home improvement store. However, neither the online estimate nor the teenager working at the big box store will be able to advise you on any special considerations posed by your property, existing impediments or utilities, or how to integrate a sunroom with your current structure.
Choose Finnteriors for All Your Home Improvements
The professionals at Finnteriors are experienced in constructing your next sunroom. We can help you assess your needs and desires, consider your budget, and help you lay out and select the design to make sure you get the sunroom of your dreams!
As a family-owned and operated business since 1990 Finnteriors offers professional remodeling and construction services at a great price. Contact us today to find out how we can help you get that remodeling project started!