Building a sunroom is a significant decision for most homeowners. As with many major decisions, it can be difficult to know where to start. Many know they would like to build a sunroom on their home but are left wondering “How do I go about planning a sunroom project?” Luckily we can help with a list of questions and steps that can lead you toward the sunroom project of your dreams!
1) What is the purpose? - The first conclusion a homeowner must reach when planning a sunroom project is what the purpose of the sunroom project happens to be. Are you looking for a year-round usable inside space that can function as a new living room? Are you hoping to enclose an existing concrete patio in an effort to provide protection from insects and rain, but only plan on using the space during good weather? Will the sunroom be furnished using existing exterior patio furniture or have a matching hardwood floor to the kitchen and be furnished with brand new interior furniture? The purpose of the sunroom – what you plan on doing with the space – is a critical element to determine as you embark on planning your sunroom project.
2) Where would I like to build the sunroom? - Another essential element of planning a sunroom project is determining where the new room should be located. Often an existing patio or deck can be utilized as the base for the sunroom and is easily accessed with an existing door off the home. The main point of access should also be considered – will the room be accessed through a common area such as a kitchen or family room or require walking through a bedroom? Where you would like to build the sunroom is a key factor in planning your sunroom project as it can have a palpable effect on cost, design and functionality.
3) How much space do I need? - Once the purpose and desired location have been determined it is essential to figure out exactly how much space you need. Anticipated usage and potential furnishings are two key considerations when determining how much space you need. When planning your sunroom project, measure off a room in your home such as a family room or den. Often homeowners are surprised at how much can be accomplished with 120-160 square feet (the average sized sunroom in America).
4) Get a free design consultation – When planning your sunroom project it is helpful to ask yourself the above questions in order to begin the brainstorming process. However you do not need to go about planning your sunroom project alone. Once you have determined the purpose, desired location and amount of space needed you are well on your way. At this point it is wise to get a free design consultation from a reputable sunroom manufacturer. A factory design consultant who specializes in sunroom design and construction planning can educate you on the features and benefits of different types and styles of sunrooms. A factory design consultant can also offer suggestions regarding the design and engineering of the room. Once a complete plan and design has been formulated by a factory design consultant, they can provide you with a free no-obligation estimate.