Sunrooms– a room of many names and a valuable addition to the home. People also refer to the outdoor-like space as a conservatory, garden room, sun parlor, patio, and solarium.
The rooms contain windows or screens on all three sides. Placing the room on the most southern side of the home provides maximum exposure to sunlight
If you’re considering adding one onto your home, it’s wise to consider all available options before re-modeling.
Choices in sunroom design are plenty. Such choices include deciding between a partial sunroom with more shade, a screened-in porch, or expanding an existing room by adding new windows for brightness.
Porches, decks, and patios commonly function as the foundation for most sunrooms; however, existing decks are usually too thin to support a sunroom. This is due to the fact that adding floors, walls, roofing, windows, and doors makes for a much heavier structure needing support. Contractors place patios and decks to slope away from the home for efficient drainage. The sunroom foundation must be flat to prevent the room from settling and creating cracks while pulling away from the home.
Keep in mind preparing for all kinds of weather. The sunroom’s roof should slope because flat roofs are vulnerable to leaks, mold, and ice damage.
Lighting should also be a design priority. Sunrooms are typically behind a den or living room, resulting in lost light. Well-placed windows and skylights solve this problem.
If you live in an area that experiences all four seasons, insulation equipped with heating/cooling is worth considering. These fetatures allow the room to be usable year-round.
Sunrooms are a very versatile space and can serve several purposes. Deciding on the room’s purpose will help determine the size, type of floor, and amount of light needed in the room.
The most popular types of sunroom floors include carpeting, stamped concrete, and ceramic tile.
People lean towards carpet in all-season sunrooms because it’s multi-functional, low maintenance, and cozy on cold winter nights. Stamped concrete is also popular because it gives the room a “patio” look. There is free reign regarding the pattern the stamping is done in. Depending on the type of sunroom, the walls may need to be sealed to a non-stamped portion of the floor to ensure air does not escape or enter. Ceramic tile is easy to keep clean and thermostatically-controlled heat can be added under the tile. This type of floor is popular in areas that experience fall and winter weather.
You can choose the most appropriate floor for your needs. Carpet might be great for a dining room or other comfortable space for friends and family to gather. If you want to have a sunroom resembling an outdoor patio, then stamped concrete may be the right choice. However, if you’re looking to use the space as an art studio then ceramic tile may be best because it’s easy to keep clean.
The room’s purpose will play a significant part in deciding how much ventilation the room needs.
If you want as much sunlight as possible with a glass roof, be sure to find a company that builds sunrooms with Conservaglass Plus, such as Four Seasons Home Products. Traditional glass is not adequate as a roof because it gets too hot in the summer.
Ceiling fans help circulate air in both winter and summer. Just reverse the way the blades spin for the respective season, and you’ll appreciate the comfort it brings to a room.
Other methods of air conditioning include screens and vent fans. Screens are one of the easiest ways to get fresh air in a sunroom without having to deal with any sort of insects. Vent fans also do a great job by allowing hot air collected on the roof to be vented outside.
For those sunrooms exposed to harsh winters, heating will be necessary. Adding a separate electric heating system is most convenient through a baseboard or under the floor. Just remember to have good insulation to prevent heat from escaping!
Year-round sunrooms can be updated seasonally by using different slipcovers on furniture for winter and summer. Fresh plants are also a good way to liven up the room throughout changing seasons.
Kendra is a content writer with a BA in literature from Wilkes University. When she’s not reading up on the latest home decorating trends, Kendra is busy designing her future home, library included.