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Are you a sun worshipper? Do you often feel hemmed in by the four walls of your home? Do you wish you had a living space that allowed you to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with none of nature’s drawbacks?
You probably answered “yes” to one or all of these questions — which means that adding a sunroom is a home improvement step to seriously consider. We’ll break it down the incredible benefits of opening up your home with this type of space.
There are a lot of terms you might encounter when researching sun rooms. Solarium, Florida room, screen room, conservatory, greenhouse…what’s the difference?
As the name implies, this is a type of living space that offers natural light and a beautiful view during the spring, summer, and fall. Three-season sunrooms are generally not heated, which means that they are perfect for people in colder climates.
Unlike its three-season cousin, a four-season sunroom is constructed using double-pane glass and thermal insulation. That means it can be heated or cooled without sacrificing energy-efficiency. This is a good choice for folks in Florida or other warm areas of the country.
A screen room is something of a hybrid between a sunroom and a porch. It keeps the bugs out but lets the sun and fresh air in. If you have an existing porch, it’s easy to enclose it with mesh screens (as well as glass windows that can be closed when the weather turns inclement).
These are generally enclosed completely with glass and aren’t temperature controlled. A greenhouse attached to your home can offset your energy costs, as well as let you grow plants, small trees, and even vegetables, but isn’t ideal as an actual living space, due to its high heat and humidity levels.
Now that you understand your options when it comes to adding a sunroom to your existing home structure, let’s look at the many benefits.
Topping the list of the benefits of adding a sunroom? Natural light. Humans crave sunlight — it can lower our blood pressure, boost our immune system, and has even been shown to fight against depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Yet there are drawbacks to being outside for long periods of time. Insects and the risk of exposure to UV rays from direct sunlight are two such downsides. And it’s not always warm enough, or comfortable enough!
Adding a sunroom provides all of the benefits of natural light while eliminating the discomfort.
If your family is growing or your house is already cramped, you can always build an addition. Yet traditionally walled additions to a home come with a hefty price tag — much higher than the cost of a sunroom. In fact, they can set you back by $50,000 to $100,000.
Not only that, but it’s just another room with the same four walls as every other room in your home. Why not build one that lets you enjoy the outdoors in comfort?
What better place to perform your morning sun salutations than in a room that is filled with the sun? (Okay, maybe “Maui, on the beach” or “a mountaintop retreat in Costa Rica,” but let’s be realistic here.)
Unless you have a dedicated home gym or yoga studio, consider adding a sunroom and using it to improve your physical — and your mental — health. When you have a light and airy space in which to work out, you’ll undoubtedly find yourself looking forward to your physical fitness!
Maybe you work from home or enjoy artistic pursuits in your spare time. Adding a sunroom as a home office or creative studio makes perfect sense. Imagine having a “commute” that involves stepping into your beautiful sunroom.
Exposure to natural light has even been linked to improved productivity, as well as better sleep at night.
Artists, writers, designers, and other creatives can draw inspiration from the flora, the fauna, and the changing seasons that are just outside a sun room’s glass walls.
Got kids? If so, chances are that your living room is constantly cluttered with toys and books and stuffed animals. Or the children spend time in a gloomy, half-finished basement where it’s hard to keep an eye on them.
Adding a sunroom playroom is the perfect solution. It will let you teach toddlers about the weather and nature, without having to go out in the rain or the humidity. They will love a nice bright space in which to play, and you will appreciate not stepping on LEGO bricks en route to the couch.
We talked about the downsides of a dedicated greenhouse, but gardeners can still take advantage of a sunroom. An herb garden that might not thrive on your kitchen windowsill will bloom in the sunny added space that a three- or four-season sunroom or enclosed porch provides.
Prefer blossoms to basil? Fill your sunroom with an array of potted flowers and other plants to bring even more of the outdoors in. An added bonus is that you won’t have to deal with the typical pests that love to inhabit (or nibble on) an outdoor garden.
It’s a cliché that party guests always end up gathering in the kitchen, but that only holds true for people who don’t have sun rooms. Think of the possibilities: hosting brunch for your book club, afternoon tea with the girls, or watching the sunset with your close friends while enjoying cocktails and canapés.
In fact, adding a sunroom makes any meal or occasion extra special. Even when the skies are gray and the rain is falling, you will have a cozy place to curl up with a cup of coffee and a good book while staying warm and dry.
Give the sun room experts a call. They will answer any questions you may have about adding a sunroom to your home and will even provide a free quote.
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