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Tips for Designing a Sunroom Addition

Sunrooms add many benefits to your home and lifestyle. They give you a place to enjoy the natural sunlight away from bothersome insects and the vagaries of weather. They can offer you beautiful views of the landscape as well as an area for growing plants.
Usually, building a sunroom addition to a home requires remodeling, and it takes some finesse to create cohesion between the original structure and the addition. What's more, you'll want to ensure your sunroom provides the benefits you're looking for. This guide offers some tips for designing a beautiful and practical sunroom.

Choose the Location

Naturally, the point of your sunroom is to enjoy the sunshine. Therefore, you'll want to locate it so that it receives a lot of natural sun. However, consider how you'll use your sunroom, too. For instance, it's possible to have sliding doors installed that will open up the interior to the exterior almost completely. In that case, you'll want a location adjacent to an outdoor living area.
How the addition fits with your house is also important. You want as seamless a transition as possible. Walk around your house, and look for areas where an addition would look good or make sense.
Make the Exterior Cohesive
When planning your sunroom, it's essential that you consider proportion. The shape of your sunroom should in some way echo proportions in the house's façade. Likewise, the addition’s materials should match as closely as possible — use the same brands of siding and roofing, if possible.
Additionally, plan to echo shapes in the sunroom that are featured in your house. For instance, Better Homes and Gardens describes a sunroom with a peaked roof, which is also featured in the roofline of the main house.

Pick Window Styles

Windows are the main part of your sunroom addition. One of the first choices you'll make is whether you want a conservatory style or traditional sunroom. A conservatory features windows in the roof, while a traditional sunroom features a standard closed roof.
As you pick window styles, you should also decide how much you want the sunroom to open up to the outdoors. Contractors can use a system of folding or sliding glass walls and doors. Conversely, you can choose a simple array of windows.
The windows you choose will impact the overall façade of your sunroom. It's best to choose windows with shapes and proportions that echo those in the house. However, you can add some attractive detailing, such as arched tops or transoms, to add beauty to your sunroom.

Consider Flooring Options

The foundation of your sunroom is the flooring. Some homeowners renovate an existing structure, such as a deck or porch, into a sunroom. Others have the room built fresh. Either way, you'll want flooring that complements the rest of the house.
Concrete is a common choice for sunroom flooring because it's budget-friendly. You can have concrete customized with stamping, staining and dying so it resembles other materials or to create a unique surface.
Tile is another common flooring material. You can choose traditional ceramic tile or opt for natural stone tile.
Carpeting, hardwood, brick and laminate are other popular flooring materials. Your choice depends a lot on the style of the sunroom as well as your budget.

Plan for Plants             

Most homeowners use their sunrooms to grow plants. Indeed, a line of plants is an attractive way to create a little privacy and an informal screen. While you're planning your sunroom, consider whether you want the contractors to create any built-in spaces for plants. Likewise, you might use the opportunity to have them install a system of hooks for hanging plants.
Create a beautiful indoor-outdoor transitional space with a sunroom addition. Visit with the experienced contractors at Four Our Sons Inc. for advice on how to design your ideal sunroom.


Four Our Sons Inc.
Huntsville, Alabama

Phone: 256-721-9930