Adding a sunroom to your home can be a beautiful addition, creating more space for entertaining and relaxing. However, sunrooms can be a tricky business when it comes to design, and sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. At Complete Windows, we always suggest starting with the fundamentals. We’ve asked our professional design team to compile a list of Sunroom Design Basics to help you get started with your next sunroom project!
These two decisions are some of the most important you will make when creating a sunroom design, and deserve careful consideration. Function refers to how you intend to use the sunroom; all year round, or just in the warmer months? Perhaps you would actually like more of an attached greenhouse for year-round plant growing? Determining function will help you settle on a location for your sunroom. West facing sunrooms could catch gorgeous evening sunsets, while south facing sunrooms could benefit from all day sun. Deciding where your sunroom will be, and how you will use it are crucial first steps in the design process.
1. Design Options
Once you’ve settled on location and use, you can begin to focus on the design details. There are a number of elements involved when creating a sunroom design, and each one presents a wide range of options to consider:
Framing: It is generally advised that you choose framing materials that match the rest of the house. However, modern designs are using less traditional choices that may not match, but are beautiful for their unique look.
Windows: When it comes to sunrooms, this is a big one, and the choices are nearly endless. Sunroom windows come with a wide range of additional features, such as UV resistance, special tinting packages, double or triple paned and open/close abilities. Regardless of the window type, remember rule number one about windows in sunrooms: you will want plenty of them!
The entire point of a sunroom is to create an indoor/outdoor feeling of space, and letting in as much natural light as possible. Windows are therefore one of the most important aspects of sunroom design, and require thoughtful planning.
Roof & Doors: These two elements are vital in sunroom design, and affect the entire look and feel of the room. A glass window roof offers unmatched views of both blue and starry skies, and can be custom made to take full advantage while protecting your sunroom from weather damage. Doors, whether leading inside or outside, can be sliding, swinging or sash style, and can increase the amount of light and air available inside the sunroom.
2. Consider the Benefits
Many people tell us how much they would love to add a sunroom to their home, but are afraid it’s just too expensive. To this point, we emphasize the benefits a sunroom can bring you. Firstly, it represents significant investment value in your home, increasing its resale price and making it a hit with potential buyers. Secondly, it’s an incredible way to showcase a beautiful view that perhaps can’t be fully appreciated from other rooms in the house. Lastly, the additional space to your home will help create a happy and relaxing atmosphere for you and your family.
At Complete Windows, we are here to help take your sunroom project from dream to reality. Designing and building a sunroom comes with a particular set of challenges, and our project managers are experienced at dealing with all of them. We guarantee the Complete Experience for our customers, including a 5-year Workmanship Warranty.
Visit our showroom in Parksville today to meet with one of our experts, and get started on your project today!