A residential innovation known as the sunroom has revolutionized the meaning of the word 'getaway'. From enjoying a romantic evening outdoors with your significant other to simply lounging peacefully with a captivating novel and unwinding after a long day at work, an increasing number of Americans are discovering the pleasures of a private retreat- at home. Also referred to as solariums or plant rooms, sunrooms are enclosed extra rooms that are exposed to natural sunlight, offer breathtaking views, and are generally situated at the back of a home. Sunroom additions are an extremely popular outdoor amenity and living space, particularly in residences valued at more than $250,000. Due to their availability to the general public, they are no longer deemed luxurious upgrades.
Sunrooms boast numerous benefits, including the following:
1. Add space and light to the residence
2. Allow homeowners and their guests to enjoy the outdoor scenery while simultaneously basking in the comfort of the home's interior
3. Make homes look more spacious
4. Increase real estate value
5. Provide year-round insulation and ventilation
6. Decrease exposure to UV rays
7. Help residents save on cooling and heating costs
8. Avoid homeowners the hassle of maintaining outdoor furniture
9. Eliminate the need to purchase waterproof furniture
Sunroom plans vary from one homeowner to the next. The most commonly-implemented uses of the extra space are as follows:
- Pool Enclosure
- Kitchen Solarium
- Spa Room
- Patio Room
- Game Room
- Bedroom Addition
Homeowners should choose a light color such as a soft green or yellow or a creamy white for their sunroom since these conserve energy. Light colors offer the advantage of a cooler room in the summer and a warmer one in the winter. A few sunroom ideas to enhance energy efficiency include installing a water fountain, small pool, or a hot tub. Sunrooms are available in a multitude of sizes and styles; consumers should choose one that corresponds to their needs and objectives. Three elements should be taken into consideration when purchasing a sunroom: 1) the number of seasons that the homeowner intends to use it for, 2) the quantity of glass desired for the sunroom, and 3) whether the homeowner seeks to convert existing space or create a new room. Consumers may also choose from a wide array of architectural styles, such as conservatory, cathedral or vaulted ceiling, solarium (for optimal sunlight reception), and curved or straight eave.
The following types of sunroom additions are available in the marketplace:
Screened Porches - A screened room consists of screen panels attached to a standard porch. The screen wall blocks insects while allowing the entry of fresh air into the porch. Screened porches may be utilized during the warmer days of the fall and spring and in the summertime.
Full Glass Rooms - These are ideal for homeowners wishing to nurse indoor gardens, capitalize on sunlight, or build an indoor swimming pool. Some of the most solicited types of glass rooms are garden rooms, greenhouses, solariums, and orangeries.
Wooden Sunrooms - These are as durable as vinyl but more costly than the latter and require more maintenance.
Partial Glass Sunrooms
Three-Season Sunrooms - Because this type of sunroom usually lacks insulated glass windows and walls or an insulated ceiling, it offers insufficient heat during the winter. Purchasers of three-season sunrooms could purchase an electric heater for the extra space or simply close the sunroom for the winter. Three-season sunrooms offer tremendous comfort and enjoyment when temperatures are moderate.
Four Season Sunrooms - Since these contain insulated-glass windows and walls as well as an insulated ceiling, homeowners benefit from a cooling and heating system in their extra room.
Vinyl Sunrooms - PVC or vinyl sunrooms offer numerous advantages. First, they are the most affordable types of sunrooms and are practically maintenance-free. Homeowners may easily clean them with soap and water. Secondly, they are sturdy and durable. Vinyl sunrooms are also extremely energy-efficient and withstand extreme heat and cold. In addition, they offer a complete protection against corrosion and rust. PVC sunrooms come in different sizes, shapes, styles, and colors.
Many companies custom-manufacture sunrooms to homeowners' specifications and deliver them to their clients' homes. Installation by a home contractor is generally effectuated expeditiously and with little disruption or modification to the residence. Many suppliers sell do-it-yourself sunroom kits, which typically range from $7,000 to $17,000. Sunroom additions cost on average nearly $30,000; the price range is between $12,000 and $70,000. Surveys have consistently shown that a home with a sunroom sells faster than one lacking this home improvement feature. Moreover, sunrooms offer a (92%) return-on-investment that exceeds that of all other home improvements, such as family room additions or swimming pools.