A sunroom is a great option for homeowners who want a sun-filled space that is not only beautiful but functional as well. These rooms can be used as your home oasis for relaxing or entertaining guests. If you’re looking to add square footage to your home, a year-round sunroom is definitely worth considering.
While sunrooms cost less than other kinds of home additions, this doesn’t mean that you should make this decision lightly. Here’s what you need to know before adding a sunroom so that you can stay on track and design a room that will benefit you and your family for years to come.
Know Your Budget
Sunroom additions can cost anywhere from $8,000 to $80,000. With such a broad range, it’s important for you to know exactly how much you have available to spend. This way, you can make tailored decisions that won’t send you over your budget.
There are many factors that influence the cost of a sunroom, including:
- Materials used
- Type of sunroom
- Exterior and interior conditions
In general, the size, complexity, and building materials will have the biggest impact on the total cost of the sunroom. Most four-season rooms are designed to seamlessly become part of the home. This means that they not only blend internally but externally as well. This requires the sunroom to be built with the same materials as your home, including footers, insulation, siding, trim, and more.
Carefully Plan Out the Space
Take some time to think about how you will use your new sunroom addition. Do you want for a breakfast nook where you can read a book, sip coffee, and watch the sun come up? Is it a space for entertaining friends and family members during get-togethers?
Defining the intended space and vision for the room will allow you to make more informed decisions when choosing a size, materials, and other details.
You’ll also want to think about how big of a sunroom you want. The bigger the room, the more outdoor space you lose. A larger room may also cut into your home’s indoor space in order to make the room as usable as possible.
Sunrooms are cheaper than most additions, but you’ll want to make sure that every square foot you’re paying for will be used.
Choose the Right Placement
Most sunrooms are meant to be transitional. This means that they don’t impact the flow of your existing space. When having a sunroom addition installed, placement is crucial. You’ll want to choose a spot around your home that gets plenty of sun. If you want to use your sunroom for resting and relaxing, consider the view as well.
Choosing the wrong placement for your sunroom could be disastrous! Imagine spending tens of thousands of dollars to be stuck looking at your neighbor’s fence or getting little to no sun.
It’s also important to consider placement in terms of internal access. What room will you have to walk through in order to get to the sunroom? Most people access their rooms through the kitchen or living room, but this isn’t a requirement.
Unsure about placement? Ask the contractor for some ideas!
Pick the Right Materials
Most sunrooms are designed to flawlessly blend into your existing home, including siding and roof shingle colors, but this doesn’t have to always be the case!
There are many different materials that can be used to build a sunroom, including wood, vinyl, and aluminum. Wood creates a beautiful natural look but requires routine maintenance. On the other hand, vinyl and aluminum are much easier to care for.
You’ll also get to choose door and window materials. These items are most commonly made from glass, but vinyl and acrylic are also available options.
For extra privacy, consider screens. There are also pet-friendly screens that are durable and will keep you and your furry family members comfortable and safe.
Choose a Reputable Contractor
Choosing the right contractor to build your sunroom addition is a must. Ideally, you want to hire a company that has years of experience in building sunrooms so you can have the peace of mind you’ll be completely satisfied with the end product.
Whether you’re looking for a single screen or want to be able to enjoy a three- or four-season sunroom, you can count on Cross Construction Services. We have a team of skilled contractors that knows the ins and outs of designing and constructing beautiful sunrooms.
Careful planning is key for any sunroom project. We work with clients to determine the best placement, design features, and materials to meet their needs. We also remain mindful of your budget so that you don’t spend a penny more than what you planned to spend.
We offer a variety of sunroom options, so, no matter your taste or budget, you can count on us to recommend the perfect addition for you. Cross Construction Services offers professional and competitively priced sunroom services. Our team can take on projects of all types and sizes.
Ready to discuss your sunroom project? Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!