We use our sunroom all the time. From just enjoying an evening outdoors to hosting parties, it’s been a versatile space for our home. So if you’re interested in learning more about sunrooms and the benefits they can offer, read on!
Sunrooms add value to your home through extra living space by increasing the square footage of your house. Some real estate experts suggest that the return on investment for a well-built sun porch can be as much as 80%, although the average tends to hover around 60%. Also, adding this type of porch on the front of your home can improve your curb appeal when selling.
From family rooms to entertaining spaces or even just a place to put plants during the winter, the additional space sunrooms provide is a huge benefit.
Things to Keep in Mind When Planning the Addition of a Sun Porch
Alright, you’re probably super stoked to get started on your sunroom, and who can blame you?
Here’s a friendly reminder to spend some time planning and budgeting with a contractor to make your home improvement project a success.
The first thing you need to look at is your location because it can determine whether a four-season or three-season sun porch is right for your home. For colder climates, a four-season (or all-season) one with energy-efficient windows would be the best option. They can help moderate seasonal temperatures better and not drive up utility bills if your HVAC system runs into this room. The drawback though is it costs a lot more money.
Three-season porches are generally just closed off by screens, making them a more affordable option. However, this limits the amount of time you can use it in cooler, snowy climates. Some people compensate by putting up Plexiglass or a tarp to keep rain and snow out. It’s not the prettiest option, but it works in a pinch if you want to save a little cash.
Next, consider a size that fits with your current home’s footprint and your budget. To use quality materials and get the most of your investment means you may or may not have to compromise on the size of your sunroom.
Lastly, most experts suggest that you’ll want work with a contractor. Adding a sunroom is almost like adding an addition to your home. If you aren’t a handyman (or woman) extraordinaire, you’ll want to work with professionals to make sure the job is done well and meets local building codes.
Sunrooms, when planned and budgeted out, can enhance your home in many ways. Plus, they can bump up your home’s value quite a bit.
Do you have a sunroom at home? What do you love most about it? Share what you love about yours in the comments section below!
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