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Ranch House Additions: Taking Your Home to the Next Level

Blog Post Updated on: May 27, 2022.

In this post, you'll learn ...

  • Why a sunroom makes a great home addition on a ranch house.
  • The sunroom addition options for ranch houses.
  • Sunroom addition ideas and ways to enjoy your sunroom.

If you live in a ranch house, chances are it was built between the 1950s and 1960s. After so many years, you might be looking to renovate or add an addition to your ranch home as it's likely getting cramped or outdated. One great option is to add a sunroom. When you own an older home, you’ll usually find that the need for interior updates seems to never end. But with a sunroom, you don’t have to worry about updating it for years to come because of its timeless windows and architecture.

With a sunroom, you can take advantage of a gorgeous view, get a little closer to nature, and bring in a great deal of natural light. Expand and update your home’s living space with a wide selection of sunroom types.

Adding a Sunroom to Your Ranch House

ranch home with sunroom

Ranch houses differ from each other, but also share distinct common elements. For example, many of these houses are single story, have attached garages or carports, and may even have vaulted ceilings. Ranch homes can be open, rectangular, L-shaped or U-shaped. Additionally, many of them have large eaves.

Ranch houses generally have two stand-out features that make sunroom additions a great idea:

  1. Large Windows: This means that a sunroom, which also features large windows, will flow well with the rest of the house.
  2. Existing Outdoor Space: Many ranch homes feature patios or decks with glass doors leading to this outdoor space. This makes adding a sunroom very easy, as contractors can simply enclose your patio by building onto this existing foundation. You can leave the patio doors in place or you can replace them with interior doors that match the rest of your décor.

If your ranch house does not have a patio, don’t worry! You can still add an addition. The type of sunroom that you will want will depend on your climate and your budget. For example, two options are three season rooms and all season rooms.

All Season Rooms 

All season rooms feature insulated windows (among other features) that allow you to use the room year round and are climate controlled. If you live in a very cold or very hot climate, you might want to consider an all season sunroom so that you can enjoy the view year-round.

Three Season Rooms 

Three season rooms are designed to be used in the spring, summer, and fall. They are energy efficient and they are ideal for moderate climates or for anyone who wants to enjoy the view when the weather is nice.

There are many customizable options when it comes to building a sunroom. You can choose from a variety of glass types, frames, and roof options to create the ranch addition that suits your style and budget.

Sunroom Addition Ideas

solarium on ranch house

So you’ve decided on an addition, but this may be the first time you are considering a sunroom. Sunrooms and solariums are just as much of a home addition as the traditional drywall addition that you may be looking into. The primary difference is the large amount of sunlight you will get through your customized windows and the view that comes standard with a sunroom – both of which you won’t get with a traditional set of windows.

If you’re wondering how you can expand your home’s living space to make it more comfortable, but you’re not sure how to reassign the purpose of each room, you could start by considering what you would like the sunroom addition to be utilized for.

One popular idea includes using your sunroom as a breakfast room. With all the natural light that a sunroom has to offer, it’s the perfect place to wake up and enjoy your morning paper. You can also use your sunroom as an entertainment space, a place to read, a place to exercise, or even a children’s playroom for growing families.

Interested in Adding an Addition on Your Ranch House?

Since most ranch houses are single-story houses, adding a sunroom is a relatively easy affair. Sunrooms can even be added to multistory houses. If you are interested in adding a sunroom to your ranch house, learn more by scheduling your free in-home estimate today.

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