Sunroom: Tips and Design Guides

what-to-expectA sunroom is an area in a home wherein it has numerous windows strategically placed to receive maximum amount of sun. Some are made mostly of glass including the ceiling while others may include one-story rooms which feature plenty of windows, glass doors and glass ceiling. A sunroom is a great addition to your home. However, decorating a sunroom can be quite a daunting task especially if proper planning and design has not been put in place.

 

Here are a few popular sunroom tips and ideas to guide you through:

If you are a sun lover, a sunroom is a great place to wallow in its rays while staying indoors. It is also a great way to create a transition from the indoors to the outdoors and expand a living space with all the visual stimulation an outdoor space can offer.

Depending on the kind of sunroom you wish to create, the necessary location should be identified beforehand. For a breakfast or relaxing nook, the back of your house could be the most suitable location. But you must also consider the weather conditions of your area along with the sun’s position at each part of the day. And if you are lucky to be living in an area with breathtaking views, then position your sunroom wherein you can take advantage out of those scenery.

iklo-sunroom-1A sunroom is an ideal place to relax anytime of the year, at any weather condition because it has insulated windows, walls, doors, etc. and equipped with supplemental heating. It is comfortably warm and bright and takes in sunlight although limited, in the winters. During summers, sunrooms can also be enjoyed specially if is complete with features such as built-in shades and surface coatings to control heat absorption in the blinds and window shades. Proper ventilation which can be controlled through a thermostat is a good investment and will ensure that there is fresh cool air. Great planning is however needed to make this area the sunroom of your dreams.

Most sunrooms are framed with wooden studs or with wall materials and can be be with glass windows or doors. Go for high performance windows designed to bring the maximum sunlight when you need it and minimal sunlight when you do not require it, while creating the perfect temperature on the inside. When it come to the roof, glasses has to be tempered, laminated with a plastic layer or with wires embedded in the glass and should be properly insulated so that it can retain heat even during the coldest months

Determine your budget and how you intend to use your sunroom in order to come up with the best flooring to use. While it is pretty tempting to go for the best style, choose instead the floorings that are durable, resistance to moisture and can withstand the effects of ultraviolet rays from the direct sunlight. You can choose from the classic floor materials like tiles, bricks and stone or other options like cork, carpet, linoleum, wood, concrete and vinyl tiles.

Four-Seasons-Sunroom-1Perfect heating, cooling and ventilation are important in order to ensure that your sunroom will be comfortable at all times. Active and passive techniques for controlling temperature fluctuations should be in place including mechanical systems for heating and cooling using ventilation and shading to control sunlight and encourage circulation. Natural ventilation techniques can also be used to keep the air circulating through the room. Vents or window openings at low and high points within a sunroom should be created.

An easy way to liven up your sunroom and create an enhanced illusion of being outdoors is by arranging potted plants around. A portable hammock in the room can be the most relaxing addition to the room giving it a nice laidback ambience.

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