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Sunroom Additions: From Plain to Palatial, They Bring the Outdoors In

Sunroom Additions: From Plain to Palatial, They Bring the Outdoors In

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June 21, 2010

Thinking of building a sunroom as a great summer project? The room can be as simple as a polycarbonate roof over a screened-in area, or as complex as a stick-built room with standard roofing, 2" x 6" walls, and lots of windows to let in fresh breezes.

There are also many kits that can be assembled by a contractor or capable handyman. Any of these can create a delightful indoor/outdoor recreational area. Let's assume a concrete pad and footings for all options, since that will vary greatly for each building site. From simple to complex, here are some choices after the pad has been poured:

Sunroom Cost Considerations

  • Kits with sturdy framework, insect screens, and rubberized canvas or rigid snap-together roofs can often be assembled in a couple of days. Prices vary with size and quality, from under $1,000 up to roughly $13,000. Add a tile or stone floor for easy-care elegance.
  • An experienced handyperson can construct a sunroom with wood studs, a solid or polycarbonate roof, 30" tall walls of brick, ornamental blocks, or wood studs, topped with screens or windows and a clear or permanent roof. Costs will vary, but a minimum might be about $2,500.
  • Rigid roof and sides sunroom kits will vary in costs from $10,000 to $70,000, depending on options chosen. If you're not a really experienced handyperson, consider using a remodeling contractor.
  • A fully custom sunroom with heating, cooling, electricity and perhaps water will cost the same per square foot as standard home construction, which varies by region.

Add removable glass or clear synthetic panels for cool weather comfort. A south-facing sunroom with adjustable roof shading maximizes solar efficiency, annual length of use, and a sunnier outlook for all householders. Start planning today!

About the author: Suzanne Clemenz designed her passive solar home and remodeled two others. She worked with architects and contractors on floorplans, electrical, painting, windows, flooring installations, flood prevention walls and stonework, major drainage issues, an irrigation system and landscaping.

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