Your solarium: a year-round retreat

The first decision of the sunroom

Once you’ve established that you can legally add a sunroom to your home, you can move on to deciding whether you want to create the sunroom as a completely new addition, or just build it directly onto an existing deck or porch. There are several things to consider before making this decision.

First, you can count on the cost of adding a sunroom ranging from $ 10,000 to $ 70,000. You can minimize the cost simply by transforming your porch or deck into a sunroom, but doing so will limit your sunroom design options.

You will also need to have an architectural engineer determine in advance if your deck or porch is strong enough to support the additional weight of the sunroom. You could easily lose your entire sunroom investment and your deck or porch too, if not!

The big downside to building a new addition to your home is, of course, the cost involved in leveling your lot and digging and pouring the foundation for a sunroom.

Deciding on a type of solarium

The type of sunroom you choose will depend on the style of your roof. To give your new sunroom a wonderful feeling of spaciousness, you should opt for a cathedral ceiling and a vaulted ceiling. However, if you live in an area where you are surrounded by views of the wild blue, you can choose a sunroom with a curved roof and spend many happy night hours watching comets and shooting stars. The smaller glass-roofed conservatory will also allow you to look up at the night sky, while many homeowners prefer the contemporary look of the California or bi-level sunroom.

Deciding how to use your solarium

One of the most enjoyable aspects of having and decorating a sunroom is that you are not limited to using it as your home haven where you can relax and enjoy the natural beauty of your outdoor environment. The seasonal sunroom is now doubling as spectacular bedrooms, home spas, dining areas, entertaining room with bars, and even as kitchens.

But no matter how you choose to use your sunroom, decide what furniture and decorative accents it will have before ordering. Your choice of flooring, for example, will depend on whether or not you want live plants in your sunroom, and if you want a sunroom you can use it 365 days a year, you will also have to specify that, because you will need both additional insulation and full Windows Austin of argon gas with specially coated glazing.