Adding a Sunroom to Your Home: The Basics

February 27, 2015

A sunroom is a great way to add additional space to your home. It creates an extra room for entertaining and relaxing and offers an “indoor-outdoor” environment where you can get the benefits of being outside without the cold, rain, or snow (especially in the winter in Northern Virginia this year!). Here are some things you need to know about completing a sunroom in your home.

Traditional Sunroom by Wakefield Home Builders Baud Builders, Inc.

What does a typical sunroom entail?

  • 200-square-foot sunroom addition
  • Include footings and slab-on- grade foundation
  • Post-and-beam framing exposed on interior side
  • Wall glazing: vinyl or aluminum clad awning and casement windows with low-E, laminated or Tempered glazing and screens
  • Roof glazing: 10 large aluminum-clad venting skylights with screens
  • Provide ceiling fan
  • Insulate all non- glass areas
  • Provide movable shades for glass area
  • Quarry tile or equal on floor

Average Cost*: $73,546

Average Resale Value*: $38,011

How long will it take to complete?

8 to 10 weeks is a common estimate to complete a sunroom project. However, this time fluctuates depending on the specifics your project.

Traditional Sunroom by Minneapolis Interior Designers & Decorators Elsie Interior

Sunroom Design Tips

  • Use materials that match your home. You want to make sure that your sunroom adds to your home without looking like a completely different part of it. This applies to exterior and interior spaces. Be sure to match your materials.
  • Use long-lasting materials. While you may be tempted to use plastics, aluminum or foam panels, and vinyl, they may not be the most sustainable. Consider using materials like wood, granite, and ceramic tile.
  • This is an obvious one: incorporate lots of windows into your design. The objective of the room is to let as much natural light in as possible, and this ensures a warm, open space.
  • Consider having your sunroom be an open extension of the space you currently have. Rather than creating a small doorway (making it a separate space), keep in mind the idea of an “open concept,” which will help integrate the spaces.

*Cost and resale values taken from the 2014 Cost vs. Value report

If you live in the Northern Virginia area and you’re interested in a free estimate, or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or fill out a short contact form by clicking here. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page!

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