A sunroom is an external space, attached to your home, but is enclosed with glass or screen walls, allowing you to passively be in the sunshine and appreciate the outdoors while protecting yourself from the sun’s rays.
Many people dislike feeling claustrophobic. That’s why your prospective sunroom should be just as spacious. Remember the bigger the space, the more you can do with it. It may be tempting to build a minimalist sunroom, so it’s wise to keep future uses in mind when planning your sunroom addition.
Sunrooms can also serve as an extension of your existing living space and can easily expand a small living room. Glass sunrooms are excellent for getting out of the sun or rain, but they can still help to draw in light, especially on overcast or rainy days. Conversely, glass or vinyl windows can be closed on sunny days, providing a temperature controlled, air-conditioned room.
Today, let’s explore how you can plan the perfect sunroom space in your home.
Inspect the Property Thoroughly
The first step to creating your perfect sunroom is to inspect the space properly.
Before you start any remodeling, you should take stock of the space you’re working with. You need to look at the space and determine what looked or functioned well before and what requires improvement. Before you purchase any construction materials and plan out your space, you need to have a clear idea of what you want to do.
Spend some time analyzing the space, and ask yourself these questions:
What purpose does the room serve currently?
What would I like to use this room for?
What would this room look like if it was designed precisely to my liking?
What do I wish this room offered me?
How can it be improved to meet my needs?
If you’re doing the remodeling yourself, it’s essential to check your local building codes and ensure that your plans fall within the appropriate laws. For example, you need a permit to build an enclosed sunroom in some areas. Even if you’re building a smaller sunroom addition, it’s still a good idea to check your local building codes.
Decide on a Budget
Having a budget is critical to make sure what you build stays within your financial means. Interestingly, you may be surprised how much a sunroom can add to your home’s value. An addition that adds to your home’s overall square footage and perfectly matches its aesthetic can easily add 6% to the resale value of your home. Even if you’re building a sunroom for the lifestyle benefits, it’s still nice to know that eventually you’ll get a nice return on your investment.
The Bottom Line
If you’re remodeling a home, it’s best to renovate it if you expect to keep it for at least a few years. Remember, it doesn’t cost any more to create a better home. Investing in a sunroom addition can help you save money for the long haul.
As with any home remodeling project, you should start by identifying your ideal function, deciding your budget and timing, and choosing the right location. You should also check local building codes and review your homeowner’s insurance policy.
If you are interested in getting started on a sunroom construction project, we can help you. Titan Sunrooms is the premier provider of sunrooms, screen rooms, patio covers, and other backyard living structures for homeowners along the Gulf Coast. Contact us today to learn more and get started!