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How To Create A Pet-Friendly Sunroom

We love our pets. They are very much a part of our families. We keep them clean and healthy, and share our homes with them. A sunroom addition is perfect for the furry (or feathery) members of the family.

Sunroom Addition

Adding a sunroom to your home is a smart move on many levels. A sunroom gives you additional living space. You can add heating (and/or air conditioning) and use your sunroom year-round.

A sunroom allows you and your family to enjoy tahe beauty of nature while being protected from the elements. Enjoy reading in a sunny room, or snuggle with your dog during a rainstorm. Add to the beauty and uniqueness of your home and increase your property value. Click here for more details, see http://simplythebestconservatories.com/sunrooms/

Making your sunroom addition pet-friendly

Dogs and cats love stretching out and napping in the warm sun. The sun beaming in from outside gives your pet the perfect haven for this recreation. They are not bothered by fleas, mosquitos, or other insects that could make them sick resulting in costly medications and vet visits.


It is natural to want to put plants in your sunroom. That is one of its best features. Keep in mind that animals like to nibble on plants. You want to only use plants that are not poisonous to animals. For a list of pet-friendly plants, click here.

Dogs (especially puppies) like to dig in the soil. If you are using large planters, it can be a very tempting treat for your dog. You can train your dog to leave the plants alone, but it may take a while. Until then, dip cotton balls in oil of cloves and put them in the soil. This is a repellent to dogs and it will not hurt your plants.


Pet owners often complain about the damage their pets do to furniture. It is wise to ask your supplier if a living room set is pet-friendly. Leather furniture is great for indoors, but to your puppy, it can look like a giant chew toy. Wicker looks wonderful in a sunroom, but it doesn’t stand up well to a cat’s paws.

Furniture must be easy to clean, durable, and it must stand up to snags and scratches. There are plenty of options. Be sure to provide a bedding space for your pets in the sunroom. Train your dog to sleep on his bed which should be placed in a sunny spot.

Pet Comfort

Remember, your sunroom feels like it is outside, but it is not. Your dog still needs to be walked regularly. If you have a doggy door that enables the animals to enter and exit the home from the sunroom, they will do well. However, if there is not a way for them to enter and exit on their own, make sure you provide a place for them to get water.

Decor and breakables

If you are decorating with a lot of glass or fragile items, you probably should not use the sunroom for the pets. Animals are curious. Things may get turned over or knocked off of low tables. Most cat owners know the Christmas tree is a cat magnet. Before you decorate, consider who will be using the space and make sure it is safe and comfortable for everyone.

Pets bring us a lot of joy and we want them to be healthy and loved. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your pet can enjoy your sunroom as much as you do.



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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

4 season room

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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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.

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Designing The Perfect Sunroom

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

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.