Home Improvement Blog: A Toolbox of Ideas

Sunroom Design Ideas

Posted on Tue, Jan 11, 2011

Imagine the possibilities!   There are a wide range of directions we could go with this subject.  For now we’ll just discuss just a few.  A sunroom is a versatile room that can be built a number of ways depending on your style, existing home and use for the room.  The roof style of the sunroom is one key component that can affect the overall design and appearance of your new room.  There are a variety of roof styles you will want to explore such as, Gable (also known as a cathedral or peaked roof), Studio (lean-to roof or shed roof), California (split gable with transoms over center beam) and other custom roof styles. 

 

Gable Sunroom Inside View

A Gable Sunroom features large glass trapezoid windows on the front wall and a high ceiling providing an open aura to the room.

 

Studio Sunroom Inside View

Studio sunrooms have a single slope roof.  This traditional roof allows for a number of different designs and looks to fit almost any home or decor. 

 

California Sunroom Outside View

A California (or split gable) Sunroom has two different roof lines with transom windows in between the roofs.   This type of design fits well on contemporary homes and on specialty applications. 

 

Another sunroom design consideration is the flooring.  Sunroom flooring is extremely versatile ranging from basic indoor/outdoor carpet to heated tile floors.  Many homeowners choose a comfortable berber carpet for its appearance and coziness.  Laminate wood and tile floors are also becoming more and more popular due to their cost, ease of installation and low maintenance.  For year round (or all season sunrooms), make sure that your floor is insulated.   Some manufacturers feature special insulated flooring systems designed for sunrooms (in example insul-deck).   Over the insulated floor panels, carpet or ceramic tile can be installed.  The flooring decision is yours to make and an important one. 

The overall color scheme for your new sunroom is an open canvas.  A sunroom is a room that is different than any other room in your house.  The sunroom is typically 60-80% glass compared to your house walls being at most 10-25% glass.  A room this different can usually be decorated to complementarily to your overall home décor or be completely different.  Many sunrooms get decorated with tropical furnishings for that island getaway feel.  The sunroom can be the room in your house that you escape to for relaxation.  As well, the sunroom can simply be an extension of your home.  For the sunroom color, most manufacturers offer multiple colors (typically at least white and tan or beige, some manufacturers even offer a clay or terratone color, the third most popular siding color today).  One of these choices is sure to match or complement your home.  If you choose a vinyl sunroom, the vinyl is colorfast which means the color is throughout the material and it will never need painting.

Another sunroom design idea to the type of windows you would like in your sunroom. Most sunrooms are built with sliding windows because their sizing and orientation fit well into typical sunroom sizes.  Sunroom sliding windows are typically around five feet tall with fixed glass basewalls and/or transoms below and above the main sliding windows respectively.  Some sunroom windows feature easy lift-out sliding sashes. Another option only available by certain manufacturers is a tilt-in sliding window that is extremely easy to clean and essential for elevated applications. 

Tilt in Easy Clean Windows

Tilt-in easy to clean sliding sunroom windows.  These exclusive windows from Joyce Factory Direct have the functionality to slide side-to-side and tilt-in for easy cleaning (a must have for many raised applications). 

Finally, the extra finishing touches can complete any sunroom design.  A sunroom can have amenities to match any design with window treatments, ceiling fans and track lighting.  Also you might think about whether or not you would enjoy skylights for extra ventilation and natural light.  Be advised that skylights typically require a minimum pitch for proper drainage.  On the exterior, siding, skirting, shingles and more can be added to the sunroom to achieve any desired exterior design.  In the end, there are many things to keep in mind as you design your sunroom.  Make sure that you do your research and discuss your project with professionals to get their input and ideas.  When your room is complete, you will find that your sunroom will be the favorite room in your house.

 

 

Want to get great tips and ideas for your sunroom?  Download our free design guide below.

 

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Tags: Studio Sunroom, California Sunroom, Sunrooms, Gable Sunroom, Vinyl Sunroom