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Convert A 3-Season Room Into Year-ound Living Space

Many homeowners enjoy the luxury of having a sunroom or a conservatory built onto their homes. This adds living space for relaxing, entertaining, or even to be used as an office or playroom. However, to change a 3-season room into a 4-season room brings with it a set of challenges.

What makes a 3-season room different than a 4 season room?

The easy answer to this question is heating and cooling. Many sunrooms are made from porches that have been converted. The porches are enclosed and this allows you to have space which is used spring, fall, and summer (except for very hot days). However, without a heating system to keep you comfortable, the room becomes useless in the winter. If you live in an area that has long, cold winters, this can make a serious impact on your living arrangements.

Why not just add a heater?

The original intention of the room has an impact on the future use of the room. If the room was built with glass walls and a glass roof, it is a conservatory which is designed to grow plants. A sunroom is almost all windows but with a solid roof. It is brighter and takes in more light. It is a living area.

The position of the room and the amount of sunlight it is exposed to make a difference. Here are a few other considerations:

  • Is there open space under the room?
  • How much insulation is in the room and roof?
  • What kind of flooring does the room have?

All of these factors must be taken into account to determine the challenges of heating the room. If the heating (or heating and air conditioning) system is continually cycling on and off due to extreme glass, sunlight, lack of trees or shrubs nearby the cost of heating it will be expensive. The life of the HVAC system will be shortened, and it would be difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature in the room.

To avoid these issues, you need a professional. They will check these factors and advise the best way to achieve your goal of having a 4-season room. This may mean some reconstruction of the structure, adding insulation, and planting greenery around the room. It could mean changing the roof. Or it could mean very little. Only an expert can tell you how to change the room and how to save money while increasing the property value of your home.

It is more affordable than you think

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This type of project can be very cost effective. One way you can save money is to tap into the existing HVAC system. Many of the building materials can be reused in the conversion of the room.

To know what expense you can expect, call a professional to come and give you a free estimate. Also, contact your HVAC contractor for an idea on what that will cost. You may be pleasantly surprised at how affordable this project can be.

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Sunroom Serenity – The Hidden Health Benefits

The idea of a sunroom added to our homes brings images of enjoying life with our family in a protected and beautiful environment. If you live in a place that has harsh winters, you know the importance of owning four-seasons rooms for year round enjoyment. States like New Jersey have winters that keep the average person cooped up for several months per year.

What many people do not realize is that sunrooms have a lot of surprising health benefits that improve our lives. We will show you a few of the ways, having sunrooms in New Jersey can improve the quality of your lives.

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While the temperatures begin to drop in the month of October and continue to drop until after the holidays, it is not the cold weather that causes the primary problems. Humans need exposure to natural light. Man can create artificial light for homes and offices, but they cannot imitate natural light. It is not the sunlight itself that causes the changes in your body. It is the reaction from your body to produce biological reactions to the sun that matters.

Ways a sunroom can help improve our health

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  • Depression

It is a proven fact that sunlight has a direct effect on a person’s mood. When the brain is exposed to sunlight, it produces the “feel good” chemicals we are often deprived of when we are stuck in doors. Spending time in a sunroom tells your brain you are in a good place and rewards you with chemicals needed to keep you there.

  • Sleep deprivation

The human body has an internal clock that signals us to wake and too sleep. Because our lifestyles are often 24/7 machines, we need a signal that helps us keep our rest program. Using a sunroom is the easiest way to reset our biological clock and restore our natural sleeping habits.

  • Growing herbs and vegetables

A sunroom is the perfect environment to grow fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables. This is a fun hobby and a very calming project to work on. It is inexpensive and the plants are lovely to see in flower boxes or planters. But the best part is the foods you grow are healthy and delicious for consumption by you and your family.

Other benefits

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  • A sunroom is a perfect place to entertain guests.
  • It adds beauty and additional living space to your home.
  • Increases property values
  • It can be used as a home office, exercise room, or guest room when needed
  • It makes a safe and healthy play room for children
  • Perfect pool room for

There are many styles of sunrooms. They can be built to accessorize existing property style. As you can see, there are no limits to the uses of a sunroom. Consult with a professional sunroom builder for a free quote and to determine the best options for your property.

You cannot stop winter, but you can harness the powers of nature that will create you home into a place of rest and healing.

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Choosing A Conservatory Or A Sunroom

For hundreds of years, conservatory addition or sunroom addition to a home has been a much sought-after extension. Beyond the fact that they add living space, beauty, and comfort to a home. They add property value, curb appeal, and uniqueness to your property.

The popularity of adding a conservatory or a sunroom to homes is popular even today. But before you can choose a conservatory or a sunroom, you need to know the difference between them.


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A conservatory is a room added to a home that is made primarily of glass, with other materials such as plastic. The roof of a conservatory is made of glass for maximum sunlight.

No matter the style of the home, there is a conservatory design to complement it. Even Victorian style homes can have a vintage and beautiful conservatory. They commonly have a sunroof and they are perfect for growing plants and vegetables. They can be used in residential homes or commercially.

Some designs to consider are:

  • Victorian – for vintage appearance
  • Georgian – symmetrical look with many flat and rectangular fronts
  • Gable – perfect for small spaces, maximizes use of space and creates a look of elegance
  • Roof Lantern – uniquely shaped roof which allows maximum sunlight
  • Custom – expert builders can design a conservatory, unlike any other, to suit your desires


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In many ways, a sunroom is similar to a conservatory, but there are differences. The sunroom has walls made of glass and wood. They sometimes a sunroof. They come in many styles such as:

  • Studio – this design is patterned after the doors and windows on your existing structure
  • Gable – like the conservatory, perfect for small places and adds the look of charm
  • Garden – traditional style designed for growing plants, vegetables, and even fruit trees

A sunroom has the feel of an extension of the home built with large windows and much glass but also framed with wood and opaque material on the roof. A conservatory is made almost entirely of glass. A sunroom is often a closed in patio.

Perhaps the most important difference between these two buildings is what the owners plan to do with them. Both rooms are great for relaxing and enjoying the panoramic view of the area. Both are suitable to use as an office, playroom, pool room, exercise room or a place to entertain guest. However, the sunroom has climate control. With heat and air conditioning, sunrooms are four-season rooms. Also, they must have a door that leads directly to the building it is attached to. Sunrooms do not have these requirements.

As for which structure is best, it is a personal choice. For a family that is looking for a multi-purpose room, the sunroom is the best choice. If the room is being added to use as a greenhouse or garden room, a conservatory is better. Also, a conservatory allows easier access to the home for convenience and ease of use.

Once you decide which type of addition is right for your home, you need a qualified builder with experience all designs and styles of the rooms. Choosing a large company with a proven track record is wise.