Adding a sunroom to your home not only increases the value of your home but allows you a little temporary oasis where you can go to relax and soak up the sun without harmful UV rays beating down on your skin. But there are certain things you need to consider before setting out on this project to ensure you get the maximum benefits at a cost you can afford. In this article we will share 5 tips to designing the perfect sun room.
Don’t forget to Measure!
Most people add a sunroom to their home from the space in their backyard. Whether this is to enjoy the landscape, because the back gets the most sun throughout the day or because it is where the available space is on your property, you will need to measure properly and make sure it will all fit into your plan.
Take the Time to Plan it all out
Depending on where you live, you will more than likely need to get a building permit from the city. You will need to make sure that you contact the right department though because some cities separate large construction permits from smaller ones such as a sunroom addition. This also means that you could end up getting the permit a lot quicker.
Next you will want to draw up a floor plan. This should include the number of windows required and what size they will be. Be sure to include what type of window design you will be using and whether or not there will be sliding doors included for your entryway. You could also draw up the interior of the room too complete with sun lounger, couches, chairs a piano or whatever you have envisioned. A detailed plan with aid any contractor you hire in getting a complete picture and will make it easier for him/her to work more effectively and efficiently.
Deciding on a Contractor
This could be a little time consuming as you will want to speak to several companies and get quotes to compare. Make sure you check out all their references along with their licenses and insurance details as this can be a crucial matter to ensuring you get the best contractor for your job. Once you have decided on who you are going to go with, sit down with them and set out a work schedule and plan so you will have an idea of when the project will be finished.
Choosing to Do It Yourself with a Kit
It is possible that you love to build things yourself and have some experience in the building and installation of a structure such as a sunroom. If that is the case, you can look for a sunroom kit from a local garden center or Home Depot near your home. You will more than likely then need to go on a hunt for all of the supplies you need to follow the plan. If you need to make the decision regarding your windows, be sure to check out multiple designs and talk to a professional to determine that you are buying the right sizes and ones that will allow for letting the sun in without damaging any of your belongings that will be inside from too much exposure. You will need to make sure all of the measurements will fit the design of the kit you just purchased.
Taking Care of the Electric work
You will need a licensed electrician for part of your work even if you plan to use a kit and do most of it yourself. If you are hiring a contractor to do the job, he will know what is needed to make it an additional add-on for your home according to your design and any city bylaws. He will know what electrical fittings are needed for lighting and whatever other related essentials are needed.
Designing the perfect sunroom can be both a fun and educational experience for you whether you are merely coming up with the idea or doing most of the work yourself. A sunroom will allow for you to enjoy the warmth of the sun while spending time with your loved ones as well as adding to the look and feel of your home.