A sunroom is an excellent addition to any home. It adds to the value of your property and it also provides you with a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the outdoor scenery. Sunrooms today are usually made with energy-efficient materials so they can be climate-controlled and used during all seasons of the year. Here are a few of the types of sunrooms you can consider adding to your home.
A seasonal sunroom doesn't need to have climate-control since you won't be using it during the cold months of the year. Since it won't need climate-control, you can get by with less energy-efficient building materials and windows. This keeps your construction costs as low as possible. You may even want a screen rather than glass in the windows so plenty of air can waft through and keep the room cool. You can also install shades for sun protection so the room doesn't heat up too much. A seasonal sunroom is a great way to spend time admiring the scenery around your home while being protected from mosquitoes and other pests.
Knee Wall Sunroom
Some sunrooms are made almost entirely from glass. A knee wall sunroom has a short wall from the floor to the bottom of a row of windows. This allows you some degree of privacy and provides a place for insulation around the lower portion of the room. You can have a row of standard windows lining all the walls of the room, which lets in plenty of light and gives a good view of the outdoors. A knee wall sunroom is more like a regular room addition. It is easy to keep climate controlled and you can use the room as a den, dining room, or any other purpose you find suitable during all seasons of the year.
Glass Enclosed Sunroom
A sunroom made entirely of glass gives you the ultimate panoramic view of your property. One of these rooms is ideal if you live in a wooded area, on a mountain, or a beach. Even if you don't live in a picturesque area, a glass sunroom is a boost to your morale since it lets in so much light. If you love natural light flooding your home, then you'll love one of these rooms. These can also have glass roofs, or you can choose a covered roof if you wish. Even though they are made of glass, the materials used are energy efficient, so it is possible to heat or cool the space. The glass can be solid sheets or you can have windows installed that you can open to let in the fragrant breeze. These rooms can be used for any purpose, even growing plants. However, they are ideal for lounging, resting, and reading since they let in so much light and offer spectacular views.
There are a lot of options and choices when it comes to adding on a sunroom. Besides the basic type, you get to select the style, location on your home, and the building materials. A good contractor can help you figure out the best location for your sunroom and the type to buy that fits your budget and gives you the space, light, and view you want.