Sunroom Home Improvement

by Jane VanOsdol on June 14, 2011

If you’d like to enjoy some of the easy summertime living in your life this summer, what better place to do that than in your own sunroom? If you’ve got the space on your property, adding a sunroom could give you that extra spot you need for relaxing and entertaining.

It might be that you’d be able to renovate a little–used den or office into a sunroom as well. By adding a block of windows and possibly a sliding glass door or French doors to this room, you may be able to convert it into a sunroom that will warm up your days.

The first step is to consult with your general contractor to see if the project is feasible for your home. They’ll be able to let you know the best way to proceed for your property (check the zoning) and obtain all the necessary permits. Make sure the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured and comes well recommended.

If you are adding on an addition of a sunroom, you’ll need to decide upon the design. Consider whether the room will be constructed of glass on all sides, including a clear roof, or whether you’re going to have a traditional roof installed. Do you want to include a hot tub in the sunroom, or will it be sans hot tub? Sunrooms can be built in different styles (contemporary, traditional and Edwardian are a few), so do your research and have some ideas to discuss with your contractor about this home addition. You’ll want to consider the type of flooring you’d like in the sunroom; tile or natural stone is often an ideal choice for a sunroom.

Paint choices are another decision to be made. Usually, warm bright yellows are an obvious choice if you have any walls to be painted. Wicker furniture is a natural for a sunroom and you’ll also want to let nature dictate your choices in décor. Plants, flowers, botanical prints, water elements, natural stones, rocks, shells and natural materials are all things you’ll want to incorporate into the design scheme.

You may think that sunrooms are best enjoyed in the summer; naturally that’s a perfect time when there’s abundant sunshine, blooming flowers and warm temperatures, but really you’ll find that a sunroom is a bonus in every season. You’ll be able to be close to nature without having to worry about the weather or insects. And in the fall and winter months of the year, a sunroom will bring in some much needed light on those naturally shorter and sometimes drearier days.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your sunroom and experience some summertime living throughout the year

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