You might be surprised at just how many benefits there are to adding a sunroom to your home. The advantages go far beyond just how it looks. The extra space is a large benefit as is the functionality and personal comfort that comes with adding a sunroom.
Now is the time of year when many homeowners want the benefits of an outdoor structure without the exposure to the elements. The perfect solution to this dilemma is the addition of a sunroom, four-season room or three-season room to your environment. The important thing is to choose the right structure to fit your lifestyle, your intended function and your budget.
Choices, choices and more choices
Sunroom additions can greatly enhance your personal comfort and can add beauty and curb appeal to your home. Although a sunroom is considered a room addition because it requires a foundation and a roof, it delivers the luxury and elegance that a simple room addition lacks. A sunroom is more expensive to build than a 3- or 4-season room, but is a cost-effective way to add square footage to your home and increase outdoor living enjoyment at the same time. Sunrooms also capture the warmth of the sun and allow you to take advantage of large amounts of natural light. These factors can create a large energy savings when compared to the energy costs associated with a regular interior space.
Sunroom enclosures allow you to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors with the comfort and coziness of the indoors. All the beauty of Mother Nature appears to be close enough to touch but in a space that is protected. Imagine being able to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate in your sunroom and stay toasty while there is a sprinkling of snow on the ground right outside your window. Sunrooms are also versatile and can serve whatever purpose you envision. It can be that one area of your home that doesn’t have a predetermined function and can become the chameleon of your castle by aiding in whatever function is imaginable. Sunrooms can make a great spot for entertaining, dining, and can even serve as a 2nd living room or a personal reading nook.
Another option when considering a sunroom addition is to consider the rooms within your home that offer “lack luster” function. A good example of this is a formal living room that you never use, or extra bedrooms that are no longer used because the kids have grown up. In many cases we can transform your porch into a sunny multi-season room with the simple addition of windows and a few interior changes.
A 3- or 4-season room addition usually is not as costly as a sunroom. Many times a 3- or 4-season room can provide as much enjoyment as that of a sunroom with less invasive construction. A 3-season room can be used comfortably for 5-8 months here in our North Carolina climate. A 4-season room is a space that will serve you comfortably through much the entire year. For example turning an existing screen porch into a 3- or 4-season room can be accomplished by installing an Eze-Breeze window system and adding a space heater to the area. These window systems allow you to control how much window or screen you use at a given time. Eze-Breeze systems are constructed with sliding vinyl panes to allow for total protection during the cooler months or partial screen/window coverage when the temperatures are a bit milder. The beauty of using a window system is you can decide when and how much window you need. They are also less expensive to use than glass.
Converting screen to glass windows will add a great deal of value to your home at an economical cost as well. By choosing insulated and energy-efficient windows and insulating the walls you can portray the same feel as a sunroom in a four-season room. A room that is not hooked into a HVAC system will not offer the same protection as a sunroom does but there are options to review when considering a four season room. In some cases your HVAC can be extended to facilitate your four season room. If this is not a viable option, ductless heating and air condition units available that heat and cool on a “per room” basis that are quite effective at getting the job done. Mitsubishi makes a great ductless heating and air conditioning unit that is similar to those used in resort settings and 5 star hotels that offer individualized control within a specified space. These systems are efficient and make you the master of your personal domain at the touch of a button.
With so many choices in creating a room for extended seasons it can be hard to decide which addition is best for you. Turn an existing indoor room into a sunroom or build one from scratch. The best place to begin is to contact Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad to discuss the varied options for your individual needs and budget.
Contact us today for a free consultation and start living the outdoor lifestyle you always wanted today, (336) 664 – 1332