Building a Sunroom Ideas and Considerations

Building a Four Season Sunroom provides Physical and Mental Comfort Year Round

By Mark J. Donovan

Building a four season sunroom is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors while still in the comfort of your home. Sunrooms are highly advantageous in northern latitudes where the winters are long and the days are short. They’re also ideal for homes near the beach, lake and mountains as they can provide panoramic scenic views from the comfort of your home. Building a sunroom is a very affordable home addition project due to the fact that most sunrooms typically do not require plumbing or a lot of electrical work.

They can also be installed on a concrete slab or on posts / piers, thus mitigating expensive excavation and foundation costs.

In some cases they can even be built on top of an existing deck. The only expensive ticket item associated with sunrooms, or solariums, is the windows and glass doors. As with any major home construction project a permit is required when building a sunroom, so make sure you visit your local building inspector before breaking ground on your sunroom project.

There are also companies that specifically sell sunroom kits that are both affordable and easy to install. Pre-made sunroom kits come in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles and include all of the material, along with detailed assembly instructions.

Though building a sunroom can offer many personal and aesthetic advantages they typically do not provide a high return on investment, at least not in the short run.

But ROI aside, if you like where you live and want to enjoy the great outdoors without having to step out into it, a sunroom can be the perfect home addition project. It can also be therapeutic if you live in an area with long cold winters.

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Exposing oneself to bright light, and particularly sunlight, during the short sunlit days of winter can go a long way in improving one’s psychological well being.

If you’re designing a sunroom carefully consider the size of it, how you expect to use it, and the furniture you plan to incorporate into it. A sunroom should be large, airy and bright. Make sure to also include skylights in it, preferably skylights that you can open and close, and that also include integrated blinds. You can also find high-end skylights that electronically polarize the glass to block out the sun with the flip of a switch.

In regards to sunroom furniture patio wicker furniture is a traditional staple. Its durable, light-weight and provides a natural look that can easily blend in with the great outdoors. Alternatively you can include patio furniture in your sunroom. Metal or wood framed patio furniture with light and decorative printed cushions is a great way to create that feeling of being outdoors while still in the comfort of your four season sunroom. If your building a four season sunroom you can also elect to put in standard living room furniture, however go with light or flowered prints to keep the room feeling bright and fresh. building a sunroom addition


For more help on building a four season sunroom addition, see’s Room Addition Bid Sheet. The Room Addition Bid Sheet provides you with the knowledge and information on how to plan a room addition project, and what to look for when hiring contractors. It also includes a detailed cost breakdown table and a spreadsheet for estimating your own new solarium or glass sunroom addition building costs.

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