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Spring Project: Building the Sunroom You’ve Always Wanted

Spring Project: Building the Sunroom You’ve Always Wanted

Nothing says springtime like sitting in a sun-drenched room, relaxing with a book and simply enjoying your view of the outdoors. For many homeowners, investing in a sunroom increases leads to happiness with your home and overall quality of life. Importantly, people who add a sunroom to their house typically recoup 51.7 percent of the cost when reselling the home. Invest in your happiness and financial well-being by building the sunroom of your dreams.

Plan Your Space

Before building the addition, think carefully about your sunroom’s purpose. Will it be a gathering place for visiting friends and family? A secluded nook for quiet relaxation? A space overflowing with plants and greenery? Your overall vision for the sunroom, both in style and purpose, influences construction details. If you’re planning on using the room as an extension of your living space, make sure there is plenty of square footage for a sofa or chairs. If you’d prefer an intimate nook, consider tall windows that will drench the room in sunlight.

Consider the Sunlight

In many houses, there is an obvious area to place a sunroom addition. Whenever possible, align your sunroom to face south, so it can take in maximum sunlight in the winter. To find “true south,” hang a plumb-bob from a corner of your home, suggests Build It Solar. Then, check your area’s sunrise and sunset calendars to determine day length. Calculate the exact midpoint of the day (often around noon) and make a note of the direction of the plumb bob’s shadow at that time. The shadow will be oriented true south, which is not exactly the same as magnetic south determined by a compass. Use the information to orient your addition and place your windows.

Carefully Choose Window Treatments

Windows can make or break a new sunroom. Choose windows that will become a seamless transition from the rest of your house. You never want someone to walk in and immediately think ‘addition.’ In general, try to pack in windows as large as your area permits. Also pay careful attention to the glass. For example, Comfort 365 glass offered by Champion Home Exteriors reduces UV exposure so your interior furnishings will be safe from fading.

Heating and Cooling

A poorly planned sunroom has the potential of becoming a heat box, trapping solar energy and converting it into sweltering indoor heat. One solution is to create exterior doors with removable screens, allowing cool breezes to find their way inside during nice weather. Having French doors between the sunroom and home interior also keeps the sunroom’s climate separated while maintaining a light, open feel throughout your house. Install vents to cool the sunroom or set up a ceiling fan to move stale air.

It’s generally worthwhile to hire professionals to handle the heating, cooling, electricity and plumbing in your sunroom. A licensed contractor will ensure that your sunroom is properly connected to the HVAC and electrical systems serving the rest of your home. Contractors are also familiar with local laws and codes regarding building permits and zoning.


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