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Getting Your Sunroom Started

Getting Your Sunroom Started

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May 6, 2008

As our interests and needs change, what we want out of our homes changes as well.  In the beginning, just having a place to sleep and take a shower is enough for most people.  However, after the kids come and life settles down somewhat, our homes are there for relaxing, preparing meals and eating together, as well as the countless other little tasks that happen everyday.  With all of this life going on, it only makes sense for the idea of a sunroom to come up at some point.  After all, they add room, give the family a place to enjoy each others' company, and take in lots of bright sunlight.  If you are considering the option of adding a sunroom to your home, there are some details you should think about before calling the contractor.

Sunroom Plans

One of the first things you have to consider is the purpose of your sunroom.  Most sunrooms are added on as a type of indoor/outdoor patio, but they can be used for all kinds of other purposes.  Sunrooms are great as pool or hot tub enclosures.  Of course, for a pool, the room has to be pretty large.  Some homeowners add their sunrooms as a place for the entire family to hang out, much like a family room.  Those who really enjoy nature and the feeling of openness have opted to use the sunroom as a bedroom with a private entrance to the backyard.  There really isn't any limit to the functions of the sunroom, but you need to have a good idea of your purpose before you make too many more decisions. 

Once you have decided on your sunroom's purpose, calling in a reputable contractor is probably a good idea.  You are going to need some help determining how to best to proceed so that your addition fits in with the overall look of your home and which exterior material is going to work best.  You will also have to discuss things like running electricity and the option of adding water lines.  For example, if you are planning to use your sunroom as a party room, you might want to add water for a wet bar or sink.

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