Sunroom Basics

Summer is the time of year when most people love to be outdoors soaking up sunshine, but it’s also a great time for DIY and construction projects.

One popular addition many people are considering this season is a sunroom.

A glass-walled, solarium-style sunroom (also called an enclosed patio) is a great place to enjoy sunny days year-round without having to leave the comfort of your home, while also providing a little much-needed extra room.

So, how can you use a sunroom? 

Any way you want!

A sunroom is a versatile space that can function as a sitting room, a game room, a dining area, a greenhouse or even a conservatory. Sunrooms are particularly well-suited for growing plants, as their glass walls help keep them warm year-round.

Of course, those walls also make sunrooms an ideal location for taking in the sights. If you’re lucky enough to have a view, it can end up boasting the best seat in the house, but regardless of what lies outside the windows a sunroom provides a warm and cozy space to enjoy sunshine anytime.

How do you build or add a sunroom? 

Sunrooms are sometimes part of a home’s original design, but they’re also easy additions that can be built from scratch or purchased in prefabricated form.

Custom-constructed sunrooms offer the freedom to create exactly the size and shape you like with optional extras such as multi-pane glass or air conditioning. But, these fancy frills come with a hefty price tag: Estimates can range from $12,000 to $100,000 depending on the scope of your project. (Note that pricing for any project like this will vary by region.)

Prefabricated sunrooms or sunroom kits, on the other hand, can deliver the comfort and quality of a custom addition in a more standardized shape and style. What these designs may lack in novelty they make up for with more versatility and a much lower price point: Basic models can be purchased for under $1,500.

Any of these choices will require a level concrete pad and, depending on where you live, may or may not require a building permit. Be sure to check out your local building codes before starting any addition.

How do you furnish a sunroom? 

Once you have your sunroom, you get to move on to the fun part: making it you own. There are a huge number of ways to add character to this room, as a sunroom’s indoor/outdoor functionality opens up more possibilities for how it can be furnished and decorated.

If your sunroom will be a sitting room, you may want to opt for a traditional sofa and a pair of accent chairs, but if you want to go the greenhouse route then outdoor furniture can be ideal. Really, though, with such a versatile area, you can add just about anything – a pool table, a dining set, craft room furniture – the possibilities are endless.

So explore the options, create a space that is truly your own, and enjoy a warm and relaxing addition that can be used all year, every year.

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