Are you bored with your home and wish it was an exciting place for entertaining friends and relaxing with great views of the yard?
There’s no doubt that at some point, you’ve pondered how much you pay for your mortgage, and that you’re not getting enough enjoyment from your home. And did that long icy winter give you the blues?
These are just a few of the reasons homeowners are investigating sunrooms or “Florida rooms” as some still call them. Yes, Florida really does come to mind when you’re relaxing in a new, modern sunroom.
You’re not limited in where you might add a sunroom. It’s an addition you can add to your kitchen, living room or even master bedroom. And 2nd floor sunrooms are not uncommon. Wherever you locate it, it’ll be your favourite room.
Think of it as a lifestyle change and you can use it for so many things, from a kitchen extension to exercise area to a cozy nook for reading and quiet time. When your kids aren’t feeling well in the winter, a little sunshine in the sunroom can be very healthy for them.
Your 4 Season Sunroom is Meant to be Enjoyed
Sunrooms are additions to your home. Although you can build a 3 season sunroom that lacks heating and insulation, you’ll really want a room to use 365 days a year.
Costco, Home Depot, Amazon and other online stores sell a variety of cheap sunrooms and glassed-in gazebos. Some are do it yourself projects. These types of structures are 3 season rooms, and generally aren’t sturdy enough to stand up to weather extremes for long. Typically, they fall into disuse and become storage areas.
Room Size and Dimension
Having a sunroom custom-designed and professionally built ensures you get the maximum value in comfortable living and that your home’s resale value is protected or improved.
The first task in preparing for a sunroom addition is to take a look at your home and visualize where you have space to add, and ideally where it should be. If you have no room on the ground, then look skyward to your roof!
You can choose between aluminum, vinyl and wood structures. Most choose aluminum for its strength, durability, cost, and ease of installation. Your roof can be straight or curved
Your new addition could give you from 300 to 900 sq ft or more. Lots of space for the whole family.
The Sunroom Build
Once you’ve discussed your needs and preferences and you’ve chosen your design, we can begin by removing one of the outer walls of your home. You can also just make an opening for a door if you prefer. But making the sunroom fully open and acessible means that natural light will filter into your home.
If the sunroom is at ground level, there will be some excavation and footings created, grade beams installed, and an insulated floor laid. Next we build your aluminum framing and install the insulated glass sections.
Often, a lower section will be composed of aluminum kick plates. However, you can choose ceiling to floor windows.
Get Your Dream in Action
More people in York and Durham region are seeing their sunroom dream come true. It’s a trend that won’t stop anytime soon. They expect their homes to contribute to their lives instead of being a daily burden.
About Professional Installation
Here’s an interesting excerpt from http://www.consumeraffairs.com/ regarding the workmanship on one sunroom project. It’s buyer beware.
The first crew that came out … were totally incompetent. They destroyed my deck and property while attempting to build the sunrooms that they had to get a second crew. They came and they had to tear the sunrooms down and start over. I am really disappointed in the quality and workmanship. The sunroom is extremely cold and the product is poorly designed. I wish I would have done some research before buying. I am afraid now I have a sunroom that is poor quality and it can be used only 6 months out of the year. This was major financial commitment and I am now afraid I may have to tear it down at my own expense and redo the damage to my home and property.
Perhaps then, the major consideration is the reputation and trustworthiness of the sunroom contractor because of the risks and expense the homeowner is exposed to.
Definitely something to consider before buying, or doing it yourself!