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How to Plan for Your Sunroom Addition

Blog Post Updated on: May 31, 2022

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In this post, you will learn …

  • How to choose the right sunroom.
  • How to select sunroom size and features.
  • Tips for working with sunroom contractors.

Any home can benefit from a beautiful sunroom or screen room addition. Homeowners who have a sunroom will tell you that this is often a place where the whole family gathers for drinks, snacks, and each other's company. A sunroom just seems to welcome leisurely activities and relaxation.

Are you thinking about building a sunroom, but don’t know where to start? A good way to begin the project is to sit down with your family and discuss what the addition will be used for. Try to answer the following questions:

  1. Will your sunroom be used for plants and animals, for games, as a playroom, or simply as a place to hang out with friends and family?
  2. Do you see yourself using the room year-round or occasionally as the weather allows?
  3. Do you intend to heat and cool the room?

Identifying the main purpose of the room will give you some direction, as there are many options.

Establishing Your Sunroom Budget

Establishing a budget is an important part of planning your sunroom addition. Having a manageable budget established will help you, your family, and your contractor determine the scope of your project. If you already have a deck or covered porch that's up to code, consider converting your existing space into a screen room. Or if you already have a footed concrete foundation to build on, you could realize savings with regards to foundation work.

Most reputable companies will provide you with financing options for your sunroom addition project, offering you low monthly payment plans. This will allow you to achieve your home improvement goals without having to dip into your savings account.

All Season Sunroom Photo

Selecting Sunroom Features You Will Love

Once you’ve established a budget, you can work toward finalizing the design and layout of your room. Your sunroom can be a comfortable place to read a good book, but it can also be the focal point of family gatherings. It’s important to determine what you’ll be using the space for as you’re working to design the room. For example, you might decide to install a vaulted ceiling with floor-to-ceiling windows, or you may just want to have a screen room so you can enjoy a breeze without having to open a window.

Do you still need help determining what features you want and/or are available for your sunroom addition? View our sunroom comparison chart to see what each type of sunroom has to offer.

Choosing a Company to Build Your Project

When researching companies to complete your home improvement project, it’s important to select companies that are reputable in the sunroom industry and will work to design and build a room to fit your family’s needs while meeting building codes.

FREE Design ConsultationYou’ll want to make sure they have a process in place and will keep you informed along the way. The first step to any sunroom addition is to complete a free, in-home estimate. A design consultant will meet with you and your family to discuss the different options and styles available for building a sunroom addition. Once your sunroom option has been chosen, you should receive a statement of work. This should outline all the specifics between the service provider and the customer. It will clearly summarize the additional requirements, milestone payments, and deliverables.

Get the Most Out of Your Sunroom Addition

Do you have family members who love to play pool, ping pong, or perhaps enjoy reading in a light-filled space? Plan your sunroom around everything your family wants and needs and everyone will be happy. A Patio Enclosures design consultant will work with you every step of the way to create a custom space that functions perfectly for your family and fits your budget. Want to learn more about our process? Contact us today by calling us at 800-230-8301 and we’d be happy to answer all of your questions.

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