Want to create a private sanctuary at your home? Add a sunroom to your home; a place where you can sit and relax as you enjoy the splendor of the outdoors without the annoyance of heat and insects. Depending on the size of the room, your new addition can be a family room, a room for reading and reflection, a game room, or a spot the hot tub. It can even have amenities such as a fireplace or wet bar.
Positioning Your Sunroom
A sunroom addition creates a bright, cheery respite, even in the cold of winter. Usually located on the side of your home, a sunroom may also be located in the back according to today’s creative designers and architects. Using one wall of the house for side or the back, the additional walls are covered with large windows that emulate glass walls or with screens and windows set above a porch rail.
Your sunroom is constructed with the idea of enjoying one foot indoors and one outdoors. With three walls jutting out into your yard, you get a panoramic view of the yard or garden. The glass walls allow the sun to flow into the room, which makes you feel you are outside. To gain as much light more as possible, orient your room to the east or south in northern climates, and to the east or north in eastern and southern climates where you need shade to keep cool.
You can celebrate the room as a sunroom by surrounding it with gardens or shrubs, not just the lawn. The landscaping makes the room part of the décor. Even in the winter, the view can be impressive.
What is the Best Type?
The type of sunroom select comes down to personal choice, but here are a few of the many options to choose from:
- Studio sunrooms have flat roofs forminimal energy usage
- Gable sunrooms have vaulted ceilings for extra height, along with floor-to-ceiling windows
- Garden sunrooms are artful structures of different shapes that to accommodate indoor gardens
Elements of the Design – Windows
Windows are the key design element in any sunroom. The average glass enclosure has 24 or more windows which, depending on their style, material, and quality, impact how the room looks.
With so many openings, you will want to choose energy-efficient windows that will retain heat in the winter and block it in the summer. Many sunrooms have a double-paned glass with a low-emissivity coating, triple paned windows filled with argon gas are even more effective. Aim for ENERGY STAR® windows that qualify for a federal tax credit.
Other Elements In Sunroom Design
Once you determine your window selection, you need to consider other elements for a coordinated look.
- Floors. To accommodate the traffic between the inside and outside via the glass enclosed room, consider something durable, such as wood laminate, which is versatile, easy to install, and affordable. Other choices include concrete or tile, materials that also give an outdoor vibe.
- Walls. Bypass drywall for materials that give a porchy feel, such as tongue and groove wood boards, steel, or concrete.
- Outside materials. Continue the materials used on the rest of the house so that your room appears to flow from the rest of the structure.
- Wiring. Make sure that the room is wired for a ceiling fan to promote proper ventilation. When you choose a fan with a lighting kit, you will be able to use your sunroom in the evening.
- Décor. Durable furniture like wicker, bamboo and wrought iron that can tolerate high humidity and won’t fade or rust. Add plants for a natural touch.
Designed correctly, your sunroom will open the house while offering additional living space and lift your spirits during a long dreary winter. Contact Simply The Best Conservatories to discuss the type of sunroom that is best for you.