A Sunroom will bring in the light and space to your home.
It will benefit the quality of your home life and if built well should add value to your home.
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The best position for your Sunroom
The two most important factors in selecting the right location are available space and sunlight.
What you actually intend to use your sunroom for will help you to determine where you will place it. You may be looking for a quite area to sit in an enjoy your garden or simply to extend your living room, for anyone who is undecided, here are the most popular uses:
Your Sunroom may have multiple uses - as a breakfast room, reading room, study room, for afternoon coffee with guests..., the list of possible uses is as endless as everyone's home is individual.
THE SOUTH FACING SUNROOMThe majority of the above listed reasons will benefit from sunlight, for this reason most are built facing south as this is the sunniest position, keeping your new space light and bright for most of the day.
EAST OR SOUTH EAST FACINGIf you want to build to use as a dining room / extension of your kitchen, then you may be more interested in the morning sun - do you have space to build facing east or south east!, just remember, without heating it may get quite chilly in the afternoon.
THE WEST FACING SUNSET SUNROOMIf you dream of being able to watch the sunset, everyday, from your very own conservatory then you will want to look for a suitable westward location.
NORTH FACING - ENJOY LIGHT AND NATUREOf course you don't always have a choice and many times you have to go with how the house is built - in which direction it stands. A north facing patio enclosure will require heating - and will then comfortably give you the extra living space and the peaceful garden view of nature that this extra space will afford you.
If you decide that this is the quickest and cheapest way to build your home office extension - you can always control sunlight with some well fitted, purpose made blinds
Most Sunrooms are constructed at the back of houses, some at the side, have a look and see where yours would look best and still be useful to you and your family.
There are now many different shapes and styles to choose from, all available in different sizes so finding the right one for your home and space isn't so difficult anymore.
Once you have decided it's use - you can step outside and start taking note of available space. It is easier to shop for the space you have than to try to adapt one that is just too big and can lead to disappointments.
Use pegs and string to create a an outline and then you will have an idea of how big you can go and make sure that the size will fit with the structure of your home, keep in mind that you are aiming for an addition that will complement your home.
TOP TIP - A general rule is that an external structure should not take up more that a third of your garden space, this should leave you with enough garden so as not retract from your valuable outdoor space.
Once you have measured the available space you are ready to find the perfect sized sunroom for your home.
Sunroom building rules and regulations differ from state, county and country, it will always save you time and trouble if you check out the situation regarding the addition to your home with your local planning department - building officer BEFORE you commit yourself to a purchase and/or construction service.
What may affect the need for permission is the size of sunroom you want to build, if any major extensions have already been done to your home, if it becomes a part of your home on the same level, if you want to remove the external dividing doors, etc...
Even if you are building the simplest construction that you are sure doesn't require permissions, a visit to your local building planning office will give you peace of mind.
We always recommend building a knee high wall or a dwarf wall as part of the foundation for any sunroom, patio enclosure or conservatories - or better still one complete wall in addition to the wall of your home means a cosier home that will be easier to heat or cool.
Just a couple of big advantages are that you will have a short wall where you can easily install heating, plus your electric bill should be cheaper as the wall will help to retain heat, you will have a nice shelf for your potted plants and no-one will walk into a sheer piece of glass.
An added bonus is that you will have an incredible advantage over other homes in your neighborhood, especially if you decide to move on. You will have the potential to draw the prospective buyer at the right price, even possibly recouping the cost of the construction.
Sunrooms are fairly easy builds... from a constructors point of view, getting in a contractor will speed the construction time up for you and get the job done right. Probably one of the most important factors in pre-construction is the right, good strong LEVEL base which needs to be prepared at the right height - before you build.
A sunroom addition to your home will have benefit for all of your family, in the increased space it will give you and in the different ways you could use this space and link your home to your garden.
If you are looking for a quicker build than a sunroom consider a pergola, take a look at the following article for more ideas on Gazebos and Pergolas
Give yourself peace of mind by making sure that you have your finances in order before you go ahead with construction, take a look here at...
Financing Options for your home improvement Sunroom
If you are just starting to plan and build, don't worry, it will all be worth it and you will surely be relaxing in your wonderful new sunroom in next to no time - watching the setting sun or gazing at the stars...