7 Steps to Building a Beautiful Sunroom
Converting that little-used porch into the sunroom of your
dreams might seem like an easy route--but there are many other
factors to think about before you draw up the sunroom plans.
Consider what you may need to make your sunroom a reality, and then
call the contractor to make the dream come true.
Where should you start? These simple steps should help.
- Location, location, location. What
are your intentions? A sunroom near the kitchen can make
entertaining easy. If your sunroom will be more of a secluded
retreat, consider using a side porch that doesn't get much
- Is a sunroom addition a better
option? Depending upon your intentions for the sunroom and
the existing structure of your home, a
sunroom addition might be a pricier but more attractive option.
Be sure to look into local laws and ordinances to ensure that a
sunroom addition is acceptable in your area.
- Think about heating and cooling.
Running electricity to the existing porch might be easy, but
hooking into your central heat and air ducts could be very
difficult. Call an HVAC technician for advice before you draw up
- Look at your yard. Are there
deciduous trees near your sunroom location? When they lose their
leaves in the wintertime, the sunlight shining through the glass
can help heat your sunroom. When the trees leaf out in the spring,
the shade can help lower your cooling bills.
- Consider the roof. Will you need to extend the
roofline to make your sunroom "fit in" with the rest of the house?
If so, consider the work required and the cost. If you choose glass
that arches to the roofline, you might be able to manage with only
minor adjustments to the roof and surrounding area.
- What kind of glass do you need? Do
you want a sunroom that offers a great view yet maintains privacy?
Consider smoked or tinted windows. Will your sunroom be a hit with
children and their playmates? Consider shatterproof glass to ensure
their safety. Design
your sunroom with your most important needs in mind.
- Call the contractor. After you've
checked into local ordinances and made decisions about what you
hope to do with your sunroom, it's time to call the contractor.
A reliable sunroom contractor can help you make further choices
about what you need.
Building Your Sunroom
It can be easy to build a sunroom if you know exactly what you
want, and can convey your wishes clearly to your contractor.
Consider all your options--then sit back and watch as your sunny
dream comes to life.
About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a
freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was
built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her
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